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Treasurers Report 2017/18

Working Together- Congo, 2017/18 Accounts Summary

Income

Monthly Donations £1,896.00

Online Fundraising £2,958.60

Other Fundraising £1,386.20

Donations £1,920.00

Blind Man Insurance payment £183.91

Reclaimed Gift Aid £866.92

Refunded Bank Charges £30.23

Total Income £9,241.86p

 

Expenditure

Insurance £183.91

Grant to BVES £4,695.11

Grant to Congo Action £11,000.00

Total Expenditure £15,879.02p

Final Accounts 25th July 2018

Bank Balance at July 2017 £9,328.43

Plus Income Total £9,241.86

Less Expenditure Total -£15,879.02

Balance £2,691.27p

Final Accounts 25th July 2018 = excess expenditure against income

for 2017/18 £ -6,637.16

Final Bank Account and Bank Statement Balance

at 25th July 2018 £2,691.27

TREASURERS NOTES

Expenditure – Notes

The main direct expense this year has been the Insurance fee – £183.91. This was paid directly by “The Blind Man.

BtDonate retained £7.28p as merchant charges on the card payments – see overhead notes.

There was a grant of $6,000 paid to BVES. This equates to £4,695.11p.

There was a grant of £11,000 paid to Congo Action.

Total expenditure for this year is £15,879.02p

Income – Notes

Monthly donations from our regular supporters for the year amounted to £1,896.00

Fundraising through BT Donate raised £2,958.60. This includes gift aid where appropriate.

Collections, sponsorship and events raised £1,386.20.

Individual donations accounted for £2,103.91. This included The donation of the insurance costs by The Blind Man and an amount of £1,245 from Hilti UK which “match funded” the amount raised last year by Ian Mahoney.

The Blind Man is continuing a regular donation of £100 per month which appears in Monthly Donations (£1,200 per year) and Darren Halls (DJH Blinds) is regularly donating £125 per month plus £31.25 in gift aid .

Total income for this year is £6,750.39p

Bank Balance

The bank account has been reconciled against the accounts for this year.

The balance at 25th July 2018 was £9,328.43

Overheads

As previously stated the only direct overheads were the insurance which was paid directly by “The Blind Man” and the web hosting. Other hidden expenses are the card processing costs paid by BT Donate on all online donations (£7.28). This was more than covered by the £1,200 donated by “The Blind Man” as monthly donations, which was given for the purpose of covering overhead costs (the excess going to the general fund). This means that our commitment to donors that ALL monies donated will be used for the education of the children has been maintained.

Future Commitments

We were approached by BVES for a grant for 2019 but have declined as we are currently concentrating on the school project.

Last year we made an initial grant of £5,000 to Congo Action towards the first block of three classroom.. This year we gave a grant of £11,000 in order to get the second block built. This completely depleted our reserves. Between us we will need to raise almost £30,000 to get the last block built and the project fully completed. This is a huge amount of money for us to raise and means it is unlikely to be completed next year.

KAVUMBA SCHOOL

We have previously given two grants of £500 towards the maintenance of this school which was established by Congo Action in 2008

In 2017 we gave a grant of £5,000 towards the rebuilding of a block of three classrooms (which in total cost £25,000 – the balance provided by Congo Action).

In 2018 we have commited a further £11,000 to the rebuilding of the second block during the summer.

Congo Action are providing the other £14,000.

 

BVES

Working Together-Congo has supported the work of BVES, who are the lead Congolese agency for child protection in the DR Congo.    Click this link to find out more about BVES

Between 2010 and 2017 we have given grants totalling £19,078 to educate & rehabilitate Congolese Children who are returning from Militia activity or living on the streets. Although the work of BVES continues, their donor base has grown over the last few years and our current view is that we now need to look at other projects.

 


 

Treasurers Report 2016/17

Working Together- Congo, 2016/17 Accounts Summary

Income

Monthly Donations £1,943.50

Online Fundraising £3,089.00

Other Fundraising £290.00

Donations £1,245.00

Blind Man Insurance payment £182.89

Total Income £6,750.39p

 

Expenditure

Insurance £182.89

Grant to BVES £4,963.33

Grant to Congo Action £5,000.00

Total Expenditure £10,146.22p

 

Final Accounts 25th July 2017

Bank Balance at July 2016 £12,724.26

Plus Income Total £6,750.39

Less Expenditure Total -£10,146.22

Balance £9,328.43p

Final Accounts 25th July 2017 = excess expenditure against income for 2016/17 £ -3,395.83

Final Bank Account and Bank Statement Balance at 25th July 2017 £9,328.43

 

TREASURERS COMMENTS

Expenditure – Notes

The main direct expense this year has been the Insurance fee – £182.89. This was paid directly by “The Blind Man.

BtDonate retained £9.61p as merchant charges on the card payments – see overhead notes.

There was a grant of $6,000 paid to BVES. This equates to £4,963.33p.

There was a grant of £5,000 paid to Congo Action.

Total expenditure for this year is £10,146.22p

Income – Notes

Monthly donations for the year amounted to £1,943.5

Fundraising through BT Donate raised £3,089. This includes gift aid where appropriate.

Collections and events raised £290.00.

Individual donations accounted for £1,427.89. This included The donation of the insurance costs by The Blind Man and an amount of £1,425 from Hilti UK which “match funded” the amount raised last year by Ian Mahoney.

This year up to 25th July, Ian raised £937 plus £233 in gift aid this year, which appears in Online Fundraising. There will also be a donation from Hilti which will appear in next years accounts.

The Blind Man is continuing a regular donation of £100 per month which appears in Monthly Donations (£1,200 per year) and Darren Halls (DJH Blinds) is regularly donating £125 per month plus £31.25 in gift aid and has given an additional £260 plus £65 gift aid (totalling £2,200) which appears in online fundraising.

Total income for this year is £6,750.39p

Bank Balance

The bank account has been reconciled against the accounts for this year.

The balance at 25th July 201 was £9,328.43

Overheads

As previously stated the only direct overheads were the insurance which was paid directly by “The Blind Man” and the web hosting. Other hidden expenses are the card processing costs paid by BT Donate on all online donations (£9.61). This was more than covered by the £1,200 donated by “The Blind Man” as monthly donations, which was given for the purpose of covering overhead costs (the excess going to the general fund). This means that our commitment to donors that ALL monies donated will be used for the education of the children has been maintained.

Future Commitments

We will be making another grant of $6,000 to BVES towards the end of 2017, and have notified them that we may not be able to continue support in the future.

As stated in last years report; we have decided to help Congo Action in their project to rebuild Kavumba Primary School in DRC. We have made an initial grant of £5,000 and will continue funding support, if possible, to completion of the project. The First stage of the project which included the building of a block of three classrooms has cost in the region of £25,000. It is our intention to help towards the next stage if possible.

 


 

Treasurers Report 2015/16

Working Together- Congo, 2015/16 Accounts Summary

Income

Monthly Donations £1,951.00

Online Fundraising £5,245.19

Other Fundraising £783.00

Donations £1,781.45

Blind Man Insurance payment £182.14

Total Income £9,942.78p

 

Expenditure

Insurance £182.14

Grant to BVES £6,525.58

Grant to Congo Action £500.00

Total Expenditure £7,207.72p

 

Final Accounts 25th July 2016

Bank Balance at July 2014 £9.989.20

Plus Income Total £9942.78

Less Expenditure Total -£7207.72

Balance £12,724.26

Final Accounts 25th July 2016 = Profit (excess of income against expenditure) for 2015/16 £ 2,735.06

Final Bank Account and Bank Statement Balance at 25th July 2016 £12,724.26

 

TREASURERS COMMENTS

Expenditure – Notes

The main direct expense this year has been the Insurance fee – £182.14. This was paid directly by “The Blind Man.

BtDonate retained £12.65 as merchant charges on the card payments – see overhead notes.

There was a grant of $8,000 paid to BVES. This equates to £6,525.38p.

There was a grant of £500 paid to Congo Action.

Total expenditure for this year is £7,207.72p

Income – Notes

Monthly donations for the year amounted to £1,951

Fundraising through BT Donate raised £5,245.19. This includes gift aid where appropriate.

Collections and events raised £783.00.

Individual donations accounted for £1,781.45. Notable donations included £231.45 an £125 from Peacehaven Chiropractic.

As mentioned in last year’s accounts there was also an amount of £1,425 from Hilti UK which “match funded” the amount raised last year by Ian Mahoney.

Ian has also raised a further £1513.75 plus £268.75 in gift aid this year, which appears in Online Fundraising. There will be a donation of £1,245 which will appear in next years accounts.

The Blind Man is continuing a regular donation of £100 per month which appears in Monthly Donations (£1,200 per year) and Darren Halls (DJH Blinds) is regularly donating £125 per month plus £31.25 in gift aid (£1,875) which appears in online fundraising.

Total income for this year is £9,942.78p

Bank Balance

The bank account has been reconciled against the accounts for this year.

The balance at 25th July 2016 was £12,724.26

Overheads

As previously stated the only direct overheads were the insurance which was paid directly by “The Blind Man” and the web hosting. Other hidden expenses are the card processing costs paid by BT Donate on all online donations (£12.65). This was more than covered by the £1,200 donated by “The Blind Man” as monthly donations, which was given for the purpose of covering overhead costs (the excess going to the general fund). This means that our commitment to donors that ALL monies donated will be used for the education of the children has been maintained.

Future Commitments

We will be making another grant of $6,000 to BVES towards the end of 2016, and have confirmed our intention to support them in 2017.

We have decided to help Congo Action in their project to rebuild Kavumba Primary School in DRC. We have committed to an initial grant of £5,000 and will continue funding support, if possible, to completion of the project. We are awaiting budgetary costings from Congo Action.


 

Working Together Congo – Treasurers Report 2014/15

Expenditure – Notes

The main direct expense this year has been the Insurance fee – £174.86. This was paid directly by

͞The Blind Man.

There was also a payment of £41.88 for web hosting costs paid to 123Reg.

BtDonate retained £9.26 as merchant charges on the card payments.

There was more than enough donated by The Blind man to cover these all the expenses

There was a grant of $6,000 paid to BVES. This equates to £3,761.12p.

Total expenditure for this financial year is £3,977.86p.

Income – Notes

Monthly donations for the year amounted to £1,363.50

Fundraising through BT Donate raised £2,319.36

This includes gift aid where appropriate.

Collections and events raised £1,173.00

(Individual donations accounted for £489.71 and notable donations included £73.61p from Kings School, and £350 from Rotary/Inner Wheel).

Total income for this financial year is £5,520.43.

Bank Balance

The bank account has been reconciled against the accounts for this year. The closing balance at 25th July 2015 was £9,989.20p.

Overheads

As previously stated the only direct overheads were the insurance which was paid directly by

͞The Blind Man ͟and the web hosting. Other hidden expenses are the card processing costs paid by BT Donate on all online donations (£9.26). This was more than covered by the £300 donated by The Blind Man as monthly donations, which was given for the purpose of covering overhead costs (the excess going to the general fund). This means that our commitment to donors that ALL monies donated will be used for the education of the children has been maintained.

Working Together- Congo, 2014/15 Accounts Summary

Income

Monthly Donations £1,363.50

Online Fundraising £2,319.36

Other Fundraising £1,173.00

Donations £489.71

Blind Man Insurance payment £174.86

Total Income £5,520.43p

Expenditure

Insurance £174.86

Grant to BVES £3,761.12

Web Hosting £41.88

Total Expenditure £3,977.86p

Final Accounts 25th July 2015 = Profit for 2014/15 £ 1,542.57

WTC Bank Balance at July 2014 £8,446.63

Plus Income Total £5,520.43 Less Expenditure Total -£3,977.86

Final Bank Account and Bank Statement Balance at 25th July 2015 £9,989.20

TREASURERS NOTES

Ian Mahoney raised £1,425 (plus gift aid) with a sponsored bike ride in July 2015 , £1,300 of

this is in these accounts any further money collected will show in next years accounts.

There was also an amount of £1,425 match funded y Hilti Uk (the company he works for), which will appear in next year’s accounts.

The Blind Man is continuing a regular donation of £100 per month and Darren Halls (DJH

Blinds)is from August 2015, donating £125 per month plus £31.25 in gift aid.


Treasurers Report 2013/14

(Our full annual accounts are published on the Charity Commission web site and are available on request.)

Expenditure

The only direct expense this year has been the Insurance fee. This was paid directly by “The Blind Man. As it was overpaid the charity also received a refund of £15 from Aon.

There was a grant of $6,000 paid to BVES. This equates to £3,800.49p.

We also made a grant of £500 to Congo Action. The grant was to support their educational work but was made in recognition of the assistance they have given in the past and also in October 2014 when they will be once again visiting BVES on our behalf to ensure compliance with grant agreement and annual progress report. This saves us at least £2000 each time in travelling expenses. This grant was also covered by a donation of £500 by The Blind Man.

Total expenditure for this year is £4,490.35p.

Income

Monthly donations for the year amounted to £713.50p.

Fundraising through BT Donate raised £3439.89. This includes gift aid where appropriate.

Collections and events raised £970. Over half of this was connected with the Students of Sussex University.

Individual donations accounted for £2,215. Notable donations included £546 from Worth School, £250 from Hilti Uk, and £1,189.86p from The Blind Man.

Total income for this year is £8,021.06p.

Gift Aid

This was reclaimed for the years up to July 2013 and amounted to £681.81p.

Gift Aid for 2013/14 will be reclaimed and will show in next year’s accounts.

Bank Balance

The bank account has been reconciled against the accounts for this year.

The balance at 25th July 2014 was £8,446.63p.

Overheads

As previously stated the only direct overhead was the insurance which was paid directly by “The Blind Man”. Other hidden expenses are the card processing costs paid by BT Donate on all online donations (£14.55). This was more than covered by the £500 donation from “The Blind Man” which was given for the purpose of covering overhead costs (the excess going to the general fund). This means that our commitment to donors that ALL monies donated will be used for the education of the children has been maintained.

 

Summary 2013/14

Income

Monthly Donations                                                   £713.50

Online Fundraising                                                    £3439.89

Other Fundraising                                                     £970.00

Donations                                                                   £2200.86

Refund from AON Insurance                                   £15.00

Gift Aid reclaimed                                                      £681.81

Total Income                                                            8,021.06                                       

 

Expenditure

Insurance                                                                   £189.86

Grant to BVES                                                             £3,800.49

Grant to Congo Action                                              £500.00

Total Expenditure                                                   4,490.35

 

Final Accounts 25th July 2014

Bank Balance at July 2013                                        £4,915.92

Plus Income Total                                                    £8,021.06

Less Expenditure Total                                             -£4,490.35

Balance                                                                       8,446.63

Final Bank Account and Bank Statement at 25th July 2014 is £8,446.63p.


 

 

Treasurers Report 2012/13

(Our full annual accounts are published on the Charity Commission web site and are available on request.)

In January 2013 we made a further grant to BVES of £3,896.28 ($6000US) which will be spent on Educating Congolese Children.

During the year we raised a total of £4,868.72.

Donations £791.15

Fundraising events £487.14

Four street collections raised £1161.46

Sponsored Walk £605.49

Customers of local business The Blind Man donated £1450.

Direct donations to cover Insurance and event costs £373.48

Total Outgoing were £3,896.28 to BVES and £373.48 for annual insurance and stall hire. During the financial year there was no use of petty cash or any money paid to WTC staff, volunteers or trustees.

Translation of BVES Report for 2012/13

A full copy of a report from BVES on how they spent the money sent in the financial year 2012/13 is available on request.  The following are some pertinent extracts from the report.

Support project to formal and non-formal school reintegration of demobilized children in south-Kivu Province. Written by Mamy Wema – Accountant & Murhabazi Namegabe – Director BVES 19th August 2013

This report describes the main activities achieved from September 2012 to July 2013, in the case of support project to school reinsertion (formal and non-formal) of demobilized children financially supported by Working Together – Congo (WTC).

In total, 643 children have benefited from the “school reintegration preparation” which happens when children are taken from the army and involves classes to prepare them for re-integration to school, preparation of a case history, a family search and a period of preparation for community  reintegration;

All of the children are then provided with school uniforms, shoes and school.  Some of them were reunited with families and oriented into formal schools.

The project has supported all the 643 demobilized children (DC) for the school fees. Assistances to schools for additional fees to teachers payment and to contribute to educational equipment and to school infrastructure rehabilitation for good demobilized children schooling and for others at school.

The children were support by;-

1°) Reinforcement of community small groups for children right protection, by counseling an formation support : 64 community structures have been accompanied and have participated in the follow up of family, school and community reinsertion,

2°) The support of 32 remedial teaching centers (RTC) for non-formal teaching of 4764 children at recruitment risks. Among those children, 2543 are girls (i.e.53,5%, from 12 to 16 years old.).

Achieved results

609 demobilized children (DC), i.e. (94,7%) out of 643 supported have successfully finished the school year, with 13 State diplomas obtained  out of 17 candidates, i.e. 76,4%. As for school success, 69 % for girls supported have succeeded at the en of the school year.

The same results were observed in the remedial teaching program, there were 32 certificates out of 37 candidates (i.e. 86,4%) at the end of the primary studies. They were awarded by the Ministry of primary, secondary and professional education. That success permitted them to accede the secondary studies. 14, i.e. 43,7% of those 32 success were girls.

Furthermore, the project impact was really positive in fighting against the recruitment or re-recruitment of children used by forces and groups armed.

There was no case that was registered. Indirectly, security situation and children protection have positively improved in the zones where the project has intervened.

Conclusion and acknowledgements

The project of support to school reinsertion (formal and non-formal) of demobilized children (dc) in South-Kivu,  has effectively reached its objectives, thanks to the financial support of Working Together-Congo (WTC).

At the behalf of all the beneficiary children, BVES presents its sincere acknowledgements to WTC for that financial assistance that   largely participates in the children rights protection in army conflicts in the East of DRC.

BVES wishes that this partnership should not last, but it should go on in 2014.

Financial report

School supplies/objects support         149 Kits            745,00

School uniforms support                     168 pieces        840,00

Support of shoes                                      96 paires          960,00

School fees assistance                          643 pupils        3000,00

Educational materials assistance                                 350,00

Transportation                                                                105, 00

Total (in $ US)                                                              6000,00

 

Translation of BVES Report for 2012

The following is a translation of BVES August 2012 preliminary report to Working Together-Congo

BVES’s project to support the educational reintegration of children released from armed groups and forces (ESFGA), supported by Working Together – Congo, has succeeded in reintroducing 501 children, including 59 girls, to school in the following areas:

Bukavu City: 82 children (of which 24 girls);

Kabare territory (the region immediately surrounding Bukavu): 25 children (9 girls);

Kalehe territory (northernmost territory of South-Kivu): 494 children (of which, 26 girls)

The educational results achieved were very pleasing with a pass rate of more than 85% across all classes and, at the time of writing, 9 state diplomas [a bit like GCSEs]. The announcement of diploma results by the educational authorities in Kinshasa is still continuing.

The project has also helped to protect 4,053 children (2,164 girls), aged between 10 and 15, who are considered at very high risk of recruitment in the conflict zones of Fizi, Kabare/Nindja and Kalehe, through educational activities provided by community Remedial Education Centres [“remedial”isn’t the best translation: these are centres that provide catch-up, essentially primary, education to children who have missed terms / years of formal schooling]. Here too, the end-of-year results have been very pleasing, with a success rate of more than 70% in the National Primary School Leaving Test (TENAFEP).

We believe that if we can maintain this progress, with the financial support of WTC, in 2012-13 we will be able to significantly stimulate the promotion of child rights here in the DRC, at a particularly crucial time in the east of the country.

In the report that we will be submitting to WTC, we will show very clearly how the financial support has been used and we hope that, when WTC visits us, they will be able to gain a concrete sense of the miracles that WTC’s support has enabled us to achieve, by visiting some of the schools and meeting some of the children involved.

For 2012-13 the needs remain considerable, for the children who have re-entered school in the last year, for the children who continue to be released and demobilized, and for those children who have obtained State Diplomas who wish to undertake further / university education. Each $US contributed by WTC helps to prevent child recruitment and to help child soldiers return to school – the main way to achieve a positive and durable transformation of these children’s lives.

Once again, we wish to pass on our sincere thanks to WTC for their help and cooperation.