AT KULEA VILLAGES, OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS OPERATE USING JOHN CARVER'S MODEL OF POLICY GOVERNANCE. A PRIMARY COMPONENT OF THE POLICY GOVERNANCE MODEL IS DESCRIBING THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL REASONS FOR BEING IN A SET OF WHAT CARVER CALLS "ENDS STATEMENTS." OUR BOARD FOCUSES ON FORMULATING POLICIES THAT HELP US PROGRESS TOWARD THESE ENDS. THEY CAN BE UNDERSTOOD IN THREE WAYS:
1. desired outcomes
2. recipients of desired outcomes
3. relative cost
The desired outcome is what difference we expect our work to make (“as a result of everything we do, we will have a self-sustaining project to care for orphans”). Thinking about the intended desired outcomes, who are the beneficiaries? Vulnerable children. Finally, we think of relative cost, asking if what we are creating is worth all the effort and resources necessary to make it happen. We believe the life of a child is worth whatever it takes.
Because, the Ends Statements are fundamental to all that we do, we want to share them here.
Our vision is for a nurturing Christian home setting in which to raise once high risk children to become future leaders within their communities of Kenya and Tanzania. To accomplish this vision we have created ends statements that direct all of our actions and investments.
Kulea identifies and partners with a church in Kenya or Tanzania as the sponsoring church of our work in that community. This church provides leadership and partners in identifying widows, orphans, and vulnerable children from within the community who need help. Kulea provides relief from providing homes, food, education and/or medical care for children.
Kulea guides each church as they plan and implement a self-sustainable project to aid in caring for the Kulea children. Each church has a goal of self-sustainability.
Kulea will facilitate social services and counseling for orphans to assist with loss, grief and transition.
Kulea's partner churches provide a spiritual education and support system within the church community for children.
Kulea will seek sponsorships for children in our Villages to provide for clothing, food, health care and a quality education, until children reach age 18.
Kulea will seek sponsorships for young adults to attend technical training or college.