It is our duty to be available when we are capable to provide one of the most important yet basic human rights to ordinary people during times of extraordinary tribulation by trying to help them to secure their humanity through the provision of food, medication and education.
The right to food is a human right derived from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The United Nations Special Report in 2002 defined it as follow:
“Right to adequate food is a human right, inherent in all people, to have regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means of financial purchases, to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of people to which the consumer belongs, and which ensures a physical and mental, individual and collective fulfilling and dignified life free of fear.”
The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, have the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.
UGOG provides education on chronic malnutrition, hunger, water salubrity, health, education and security problems in the commun of Galoya Senegal through the dissemination of facts, charts, graphs, and statistics. We provide this information by presenting live media interviews, lectures and slideshows titled, “The needs for Galoya exibition,” at schools, libraries and other public venues. These presentations focus on the causes, current efforts and solutions to chronic malnutrition, hunger, water salubrity, health, education and security problems in the commun of Galoya Senegal. They also highlight the geographical, economical, and social aspects of chronic malnutrition.We take advantage of various social media outlets such as discussion forums, blogs and social networking sites. All media interviews can be viewed on the corporation’s website: www.ugog.org
We also chronicle our efforts and activities on the corporation’s website. One feature that will be incorporated into the website is an educational essay written by professionals such as public health administrators, dieticians, physicians, and activists in the same or related field(s).
By offering educational events as well as our publications and website, UGOG is educating the public on subjects useful to individuals and beneficial to the community and is advocating and defending human and civil rights secured by law.
UGOG seeks out opportunities for community outreach through our ambassador program which involves sending ambassador(s) to fulfill our mission of raising awareness and funds for chronic malnutrition, hunger, water salubrity, health, education and security problems in the commun of Galoya Senegal by utilizing a variety of means such as charity, medical caravan and clinics, charity concerts, photography, and writing. Through these means, the issue of chronic malnutrition, hunger, water salubrity, health, education and security problems in the commun of Galoya Senegal will be highlighted and brought to the attention of diverse audiences. An example of this program is the annual Galoya Medical Caravan, a global medical caravan to address the chronic malnutrition, hunger, water salubrity, health, education and security problems in the commun of Galoya Senegal in a unique way which receives elaborate media and public attention. The caravan reports can be seen on our website at: www.ugog.org
The funds received through the entirety of the corporation’s activities will be used exclusively for the charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and will not be used for personal gains of any sort.
UGOG aims to provide disaster relief aid in the form of food, medication and water to the severely disadvantaged who are affected by either a lack of existing community resources or a lack of funding and supplies to existing local infrastructures in the time of need. UGOG operates and focuses its resources locally and globally to communities who meet the aforementioned criteria regardless of their geographical location.
Examples of the severely disadvantaged populations would be those affected by natural disasters and the displaced victims of sectarian and ethnic violence such as the devastating results the drought that is affecting the commun of Galoya in Senegal .
We provide disaster relief aid through organizing volunteers to serve in affected areas by coordinating and carrying out the distribution of food, medication and water. The provisions will be derived from our general fund and public support.
Distribution to Other Organizations and Individuals
We do not fundraise for any specific organization and UGOG is not organized solely to contribute or fundraise for any specific entity. However, at the discretion of the board of directors we may at times, choose to contribute to other organizations who share a similar mission and only if the contributions further our exempt status, with the objective to eliminate and alleviate chronic malnutrition and hunger.
One example of an organization which we may contribute to is the “Friends of the World Food Programme” (EIN 13-3843435) which is a U.S.-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization that focuses on building support in the United States for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger relief operations which shares a similar mission to UGOG oration. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, working to put hunger at the center of the international agenda and promoting policies, strategies and operations that directly benefit the poor and hungry.
UGOG may exercise its right under law to contribute to non 501 (c)(3) organizations only on the condition that UGOG retains control over the use of the funds and maintaining records showing that the funds are used for exclusively charitable purposes in accordance to our mission.
Programs for Volunteers
At times, per the discretion of the board of directors, we may provide internships or volunteer opportunities which will provide opportunities for involvement in outreach activities and programs in order to have a greater impact for change. One of the activities that volunteers may be involved in is basic education on topics such as nutrition, diet, agricultural techniques, livestock growing, and water treatment in order to promote sustainability. Such activities shall always be free of charge to participants and will not include compensation to the volunteers.
It is our goal to bring awareness from every medium possible and this does not exclude documentaries and photos of our activities, projects, programs and expeditions. By documenting and reporting our efforts we intend to broaden our outreach. These multimedia features will be recorded by our volunteers during the aforementioned activities and will be available to the public.
Charity Medical Caravans and Clinics
As part of our expeditions activities, we will organize charity medical caravans in order to raise funds, awareness and heel the population of Galoya and surrounding villages for the cause. These caravans will be carried on by our volunteer guides to assist Doctors and Nurses to do a good deed by participating in a charity work. These caravans and clinics will be open to the public. All proceeds from such expeditions will be added to our general fund and shall be used to further our exempt status.
In general, our foreign activities can be summed up into four categories: expeditions, contributions, disaster relief and aid, and educational programs.
◦ Foreign expeditions will include our medical caravans such as the annual Galoya Medical Caravan as has been detailed in the Narrative of our Activities: subtitled: Galoya Medical Caravan and clinics and also Ambassador Program.
◦ Foreign contributions will include assistance given to individuals or organizations outside of the United States which have been selected by the board of directors after conducting due diligence and a thorough investigation. The process of selection is in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations concerning our exempt status such as collecting information (i.e. physical address, phone number, mailing address, website, relationships with other organizations, financial standing which includes past and present, and governance).
◦ Foreign disaster relief and aid will include our efforts to provide aid to victims of natural disasters and/or of sectarian and ethnic violence as has been detailed in our Narrative of our Activities subtitled: Disaster relief
◦ Foreign educational programs will include our efforts to provide educational based lectures, slideshows, and in-field training and instruction as has been detailed in our Narrative of our Activities subtitled: Education and the opening of libraries.
◦ Section 1.501(c)(3)-1(d)(2) of the regulations states that the term “charitable” is used in section 501(c)(3) of the Code in its generally accepted legal sense and includes the defense of human and civil rights secured by law.
◦ Section 1.501(c)(3)-1(d)(2) of the Income Tax Regulations states that the term “charitable” is used in section 501(c)(3) of the Code in its generally accepted legal sense and includes the advancement of education.
◦ Section 1.501(c)(3)-1(d)(3)(i)(a) of the regulations states that the term educational, as used in IRC 501(c)(3), relates to the instruction or training of the individual for the purpose of improving or developing his capabilities or the instruction of the public on subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the community.
◦ Example 2 in Section 1.501(c)(3)-1(d)(3)(ii) of the regulations, makes it clear that “An organization whose activities consist of presenting public discussion groups, forums, panels, lectures, or other similar programs,” is educational.
◦ Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code provides tax exemption for organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable and/or educational purposes.