Accountability

Finances

We would like to reassure our supporters that all money that we receive in the form of donations is used responsibly and every cent is accounted for.

As we have highlighted on our homepage and in our leaflet, 100% of all monetary donations go directly to fund our projects in Kenya, as does all grant money.

Expenses in Ireland are always covered from the sale of donated goods. We also aim* to cover all expenses in Kenya from a combination of the sale of donated goods, surpluses from projects and from directed donations (where the donation is given specifically to be used for expenses).

* we have always succeeded in this goal in the past

Income

Development Pamoja Ltd (the Irish-registered company) receives money from various sources:

Monetary donations
from individuals & fundraising events - e.g. sponsored walks, etc
Grant assistance
project-specific grants from various organisations (e.g. Electric Aid, CASA, CSTWF, SHARP) which are used to part-fund some of our projects
Income from sale of donated goods
e.g. car boot, ebay & private sales
Project Surpluses
our farming programs and Medical Dispensary in Kenya generate modest surpluses each year.

Expenses in Ireland

Expenses in Ireland are kept to an absolute minimum and all work is done on a voluntary basis - our board members do not receive any remuneration or expenses. The design and maintenance of our website is provided free of charge, and our marketing materials (business cards, leaflets, etc) are designed for free and are often printed without charge to Development Pamoja.

The following are the unavoidable annual expenses that we incurred in Ireland for the 2015 financial year:

€20 Fee to register accounts with Companies Registered Office (required by Company Law).
€370 Stationary, postage, etc
€107 Bank Fees
€497

All expenses in Ireland are always covered by the money earned from the sale of donated goods. In the 2015 financial year, €4434 was generated in such a way, meaning that the surplus of €3937 was available to fund expenses in Kenya (see next section).

Expenses in Kenya

The Kenyan branch of Development Pamoja is funded by the Irish branch and is supplemented by the surpluses made from our various projects.

Our 4 team members in Kenya (including our founder James Hennessy from Cork) initially worked on a voluntary basis but they now receive a small salary each month. All other expenses in Kenya are, like in Ireland, kept to an absolute minimum. Our projects are dispersed over a wide area and so our next largest expense is travel. We own one motorbike (which was donated) and public transport is used for all additional travel.

The following are our average monthly expenses in Kenya:

€776 Salaries, Social Security & Taxes
€135 Transport (petrol for motorbike, public buses and motorbike taxis)
€17 Office, administration & internet costs
€928

Every year we aim to cover all expenses in Kenya from a combination of the sources listed below.

€3937 Money earned from the sale of donated goods (the surplus after covering expenses in Ireland)
€3000 CASA Ireland contribute to salary costs as part of the Disability Program
€7730 Income from Projects in Kenya
€14,667

This amount (€14,667) more than covers the year's expenses in Kenya (€11,131). We aim to achieve this every year.

Policy

As Development Pamoja we take our responsibility as a charity organisation very seriously. We feel very strongly that every euro of every donation should be used for the purpose for which it is given - to better the lives of the people in Mogotio. We are here to help them, not to profit from their misfortune.

Governance

When founded in February 2009, Development Pamoja was registered as a Self Help Group in Kenya. In 2011 we upgraded our status in Kenya to that of a Community Based Organisation, allowing us to work in more districts in the Rift Valley province. In the coming years as we continue to grow we hope to achieve non-governmental (NGO) status in Kenya.

Funding for our projects is provided by an Irish Registered Company, Development Pamoja Ltd; formed in June 2010. Charitable Exemption was granted by the Revenue Commissioners to the Irish Ltd Company on 27/8/2012 (Charity No: CHY 19370). The Board of Directors of Development Pamoja Ltd comprises seven members namely, Aoife Kiely, Celine O' Callaghan, Deirdre Hennessy, Lynn Sheehy, Mary O' Connor, Rachel Gordon and Thomas Cussen.

Our projects in Kenya are implemented by Mary Waraguru, David Okinja, Gideon Maasai and James Hennessy.

Religious / Tribal Policy:

As an organisation we are not affiliated with any religion, nor do we have any future intent to espouse any religious message. Our members, and those we assist, are of various creeds and religious preference bears no significance when we are initiating and implementing our projects. We take a similar approach with the issue of tribe which can be a divisive issue in Kenya. Our office holders are all from different tribes and those we assist are not identified through their tribe but through their suitability to participate in our projects.