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Financial Statement 2017-18

 

Charity Education International

(CEI)

 

Scottish Charity Registration Number SC027183

 

Current Constitutional Form / Regulatory Type: SCIO since 29 August 2016

 

Previous Constitutional Form: Registered charity since 03 September 1997

 

 

March 2018

 Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts

 

This report briefly covers the annual charity reporting and accounting for the year from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018.

 

Charity Name: Charity Education International (CEI) SCIO

 

Scottish Charity Registration Number: SC027183

 

Charity’s Principal Address:

Napiershall Street Centre 

39 Napiershall Street 

Glasgow G20 6EZ

 

Trustees’ Annual Report:

The trustees have pleasure in presenting their report together with the financial statements for the year ended to 31st March 2018 - Covered year:1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018.

 

This report is prepared in accordance with current statutory requirements, the constitution of the charity and the Statement of Recommended Practice Accounting and Reporting by charities.

Structure, Governance and Management

Constitution  

The Charity is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (a SCIO).  It was originally registered as an unincorporated association on 3 September 1997, but changed its legal form to a SCIO early this year.  Following its change in status to a SCIO, all the funds and assets of the original association were transferred to the SCIO. It has a single tier structure and as such the trustees are the members of the charity.   

Appointment of trustees  

The Charity Board, which normally meets every three months, consists of all the Trustees.  Membership of the management committee is open to all the Trustees.   To allow for some continuity of the Charity Board, it is also open to interested outside members. 

 Trustees are elected at the Annual General Meeting which is held early in the year.  The quorum at the Management Committee meeting shall be a minimum of three members entitled to vote.

 

Objectives and Activities  

 Charitable purposes  

To promote any charitable purposes for the benefit of the poor and the under-privileged, including the relief of poverty, sickness and distress, the preservation of health and the advancement of education.

 Activities  

The charity provides support primarily for education, health and poverty alleviation mainly in a poverty-stricken locality of northern Bangladesh. 

 

In particular, it has been supporting a tertiary educational institution called UttarBangla University College (UUC) and a Health Clinic called Kakina Rural Health Centre(KRHC), both based at Kakina in Lalmonirhat district of northern Bangladesh. 

 

The main focus is to help the poor and the needy gaining access to education and health facilities. Another important focus is female empowerment.

 

Equally, under the Poverty Alleviation Programmes (including an Orphans' Welfare Project), the aim is to help the vulnerable poor people with benefits in cash and kind.

 Achievements and Performance  

A number of achievements are noted in each area of support (Education, Health and Poverty Alleviation). In particular, during the year ending 31 March 2018, there took place a number of activities including the following:

·         In our Educational Support, we are particularly proud that as a follow-up of the Scottish Volunteer Teacher Programme (a three-year programme, completed on 31 Mach 2017), a Volunteer Teachers-in-Residence Programme has been in operation, with two highly experienced Scottish teachers remaining involved.  A main focus of this follow-up programme is to maintain the momentum of the skills advancement in English language and ICT of the students and staff members of UttarBangla University College (UUC).

 

·         UUC PhD Research Programme. Under a PhD research studies programme in collaboration with an Indian University in West Bengal (Raiganj University), which was initiated with support from CEI in January 2016, five new PhD Scholars from UUC joined in 2017, thus a total of 16 staff members of UUC have been undertaking PhD research. This has turned out to be an important CEI-supported flagship programme of UUC, helping greatly to promote a research active environment.

 

·         Improved ICT proficiency of staff and students. The emphasis on ICT proficiency improvement of both the staff members and the students of UUC has been maintained, especially with the Volunteer Teachers-in-Residence taking a special interest in this regard. Now that all the 17 (seventeen) departments of UUC teaching Honours courses have Laptops (and many of the staff members also having their own Laptops), there has been taking place some teaching delivery using Power-point, an innovative feature in this part of Bangladesh.

 

·         Library Development. During the period under review, a new book shipment was sent from Glasgow to UUC, thus enriching the UUC Library further.  The Honours Reading Room of UUC, located on the 2nd floor of the UUC Library Building, has also benefited greatly.

 

The support and help which we have been providing appears to be helping UUC to maintain its progress. In early 2017, UUC gained the Model College status, recognised by the National University on behalf of the Government of Bangladesh, an important recognition as there are only 15 such Colleges in Bangladesh out of over 2,300 such Colleges teaching tertiary education in the country .  Thus, UUC is now not only recognised as the best College of the district (Lalmonirhat) and the best Non-Government College of the Greater Rangpur Division, but also a Model College of the country.

Equally, the Kakina Rural Health Centre (KRHC) which CEI has been been supporting is greatly helping the poor patients (especially female patients) getting access to the services of a full-time  Medical  Doctor.  Indeed, this Health Clinic is the only facility of its kind available to the poor people in an area with over 40 thousand people.   It may be noted that the salary support for the Medical Doctor, kindly provided by ASA Bangladesh (a major NGO of the country), was continued during the year under review.  In total, about 5,000 patients were attended, of whom 44 per cent were adult female patients and 24 per cent children. During the period under review, one Health Camp was conducted in which 235 patients attended (Male 80, Female 75 and children 80). The difficulty of finalising the exact model of the Ambulance caused some delay in its purchase, however as per a decision taken in early 2017 by Kakina Rural Health Centre, purchase arrangements were immediately made (with the Ambulance delivery taking place in April, 2017). 

 

Under the Poverty Alleviation Programme, support to the poor and vulnerable people was also continued during the reporting period, over 350 poor people were provided support in cash and  kind (mainly clothes: sarees and lungies).  Separately, a total of 155 vulnerable poor orphans were also provided with cash support.

 

Funding Review

Individual donations (including donations by Standing Orders from a core group of well-wishers of  CEI)  have remained a regular source of funding.

 

Another regular source is the fund-raising collection with an Annual Charity Dinner which has been kindly supported for a number of years by Santander Bank, with the helpers from Santander Bank also directly taking part in fund-raising.  The event also has turned out to be an important channel of reporting, especially to our core group of donors and funders in Scotland.

 

A major fund received during the year under review has been a grant from Charity International UK, a result of some close involvement of the CEI Chairman with this particular charity.

 

Plans for future period

 

The trustees intend to continue to support the charity projects in northern Bangladesh, as shown below under each heading:

  

(a) Supporting Educational Development.

The projects to be supported include the following.

 

*       Volunteer Teachers-in-Residence

*       New Honours and Masters Courses

*       Computer Labs Development

*       UUC Library Development

*       Scholarship Programmes especially for Female Students

*       UUC Female Students Hostel

*       UUC PhD Programme

 

(b)In Health support, while the existing programmes will remain operational at KakinaRural  Health Centre (in northern Bangladesh), we intend to take a special interest in the following:

           *        Ambulance support for the Poor and Vulnerable Patients; and 

*        Establishment of a Pathology Lab.

 With the Ambulance purchased (delivery taking place in April 2018), the Kakina Rural Centre now has an opportunity to serve the vulnerable poor patients needing urgent transport support.

For the Pathology Lab, negotiations will be conducted with ASA Bangladesh for  help with salary support for a pathologist.

(c) Continuation of Poverty Alleviation Support including support for the Orphans' Welfare Project. As in the past, the main support for this programme is expected to be received from our US-based sister organisation, Charity International Education (USA) [located in Bolingbrook, Chicago].

 

Charity Education International

Statements of Financial Activities for the year ended 31 March 2018

Incoming Resources

Unrestricted

Funds

Restricted

Funds

2018

Total

2017

Total

£

£

£

£

Orphans' Welfare

- 

6,783

6,783

- 

PhD Sponsorship

- 

1,750

1,750

750

Poor & Disabled Support

- 

8,432

8,432

- 

Scottish Govt Grants

- 

- 

- 

20,990

Santander Bank

- 

2,000

2,000

- 

Donations - Direct Payment

21,390

-  

            21,390

8,367

Donations - Standing Orders

1,565

-  

            1,565

1,407

Fund-raising Dinner

2,305

-  

            2,305

1,230

Other Donations

663

-  

663

500

 

 

 

 

 

Total Incoming Resources

25,923

18,965

44,888

33,244

 

Resources Expended

Charitable activities expenditures

 

Premises costs:

 

 

 

           

Rents and Rates

1,500

-  

1,500

1,500

Lighting and Heating

-

-  

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,500

 

1,500

1,500

 

Various expenses

Charity Dinner

1,120

 

1,120

950

Depreciation

-

 

-

-

KRHC-Health

8,000

 

8,000

9,088

Office Expenses

81

 

81

176

Orphan' Welfare

-

7,101

7,101

-

Poverty Alleviation

-

8,640

8,640

-

Printing, postage, stationery & literature

-

-

-

100

Subscriptions

77

-

77

15

Teaching Delivery

-

1,630

1,630

2,426

Travel and Subsistence

-

-

-

5,705

UUC Education

9,001

2,000

11,001

12,871

Website, Telephone & Internet

238

-

238

238

 

18,517

19,371

37,888

31,569

 

 

 

 

 

Total charitable activities cost

20,017

19,371

39,388

33,069

 

Governance expenditures

Other legal and professional

-  

-  

-  

 

Accountancy Fees

150

 

150

 

     Sub-total

150

 

150

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Resources Expended

20,167

19,371

39,538

33,069

 

Net movements in funds

5,756

(406)

5,350

175

Fund Transfer

(406)

406

-

-

Total Funds brought forward

3,198

-

3,198

3,023

 

 

 

 

 

Total funds carried forward

8,548

-

8,548

3,198

Charity Education International

Balance Sheet as at 31 March 2018

 

2018

2017

£

£

Fixed assets

                       

 

Tangible assets

            -  

            -  

 

           

           

Current assets

 

 

Clydesdale Bank

7,526

1,568

United National Bank

1,022

1,630

 

8,548

3,198

 

 

 

Net current assets

8,548

3,198

 

Total assets less current liabilities

8,548

3,198

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets

8,548

3,198

 

 

 

The Funds of the Charity

 

 

Unrestricted Income Funds

8,548

3,198

 

 

 

Total Charity funds

8,548

3,198

 Notes: The charity does not have any other fixed assets.

This report was approved by the CEI Board of Trustees on 5 December 2018.