2022 Klemensen Charities Updates
After nearly two years of isolation, this devastating epidemic has triggered serious health and economic issues in the developing world. Millions of households have fallen back into poverty; those who once relied on themselves are now forced to turn elsewhere for help. In contrast with many of the safety nets we're accustomed to here in first-world countries (such as education programs and government subsidies), people living in these third-world communities struggle every day just to get by—supporting one another out of necessity because there are no alternatives available.
That's why it's important that we make an effort where we can to do our part too; starting service trips next year (2023) from which 100% of any donations will be going towards projects aimed at helping rebuild communities overseas. Once we've assessed the situation upon arrival, we'll decide what needs fixing first - whether it's providing scholarships or resources needed for women-owned businesses recovering post-pandemic.
Meet Khoa! Born in Vietnam and raised in America, he studied at Hoover High School. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed to Horn of Africa for one year. There, as part of his operations, Khoa engaged in community building; he delivered supplies to villages while also providing basic security for locals.
A year in the Horn of Africa
Going full-time as a social entrepreneur was the decision Khoa made upon returning to America after his deployment. His desire to do more for people in need around the world led him to create Klemensen—a Social Enterprise with a mission of alleviating global poverty.
We started out with a small project at a children orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico, we now find ourselves working in 12 countries!
We utilize a portion of our revenues to create a perpetual fund to provide scholarships for children living in rural communities and support female-owned businesses in developing countries.
Meet Aon, she's an amazing person and an ambitious young entrepreneur. She's only 21 years old and is currently studying Law at university and has launched a fast-growing business with three locations in Thailand.
This is Mr. Gift, our taxi driver who later became one of our closest friend in the area. He is the one who took us to all the local schools.
Ganesh is a Nepalese refugee who works as a tailor in Thailand. He speaks 8 languages fluently and works really hard to provide for his family in Myranmar. He happens to make some really awesome clothes!
We believe the best way to improve the quality of life for children is through their parents. We seek out opportunities to invest in small, female-owned businesses to help grow their operations.
Statistics show that women are far more likely than men to reinvest incomes they make in their families’ well-being, whether it be in education, health care or home improvement.
Two thirds of people who are unliterate are women. In the developing world, there are over 500 million women who are not reading proficient. This is a self perpetuating issue because if you don't educate women, you don't educate the next generation.
Most of the existing nonprofits are mired in heavy overhead, competing for the depleted donor pool that has resulted in low wages and unexcited employees, creating minimal impact.
What if charities turned into social enterprises with the focus and tenacity of a blue chip company? Quarterly reports with goals and milestones. Setting bold goals for creating social impact while simultaneously reaching those goals through sustainable development strategies.
Join our journey! We need more social entrepreneurs.