Global Outreach Inc
7326 Windemere Ln
% Stanley Muessle
University Pk FL 34201
Mission

Computer Literacy: Enhancing Educational Opportunities for Africa's Most Needy

 

The vision of Global Outreach is to introduce computer literacy into the curriculum of secondary schools in central Tanzania, and to then use that capability and knowledge to improve the quality of education in all subjects. Our focus is on improving educational opportunities in remote locations which accommodate the poorest of the country's student population, often in villages that lack many 21st century basics.

Our vision is driven by commitment of Tanzanian leaders to education in general, and technology in particular, as the most important focus areas for the advancement of life in their country. It is fueled by the awareness that this education is out of reach for the vast majority of Tanzanian families, who live within the World Bank definition of extreme poverty (living on less than $1 per day), without assistance from the haves of the world.
We work hand in hand with government officials and private school providers to establish computer laboratories in secondary schools, train teachers and technicians to support the installations, develop syllabuses for Tanzanian students, and establish partnerships with national initiatives to ensure ongoing value for the skills imparted. We furnish laboratories with electrical capacity (often solar installations), furnishings, hardware and software, supplies, and special educational equipment.
 
In addition to the primary benefits of student/teacher computer literacy, Global Outreach aspires to use computer laboratories to enhance and reinforce other secondary school curriculum programs. We facilitate partnership programs between Tanzanian schools and schools in the U.S., build computer-based learning centers, and operate libraries to allow all our students to get access to the internet and other modern technology.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Stanley Peter Muessle
Board Chair Mr. Stanley Peter Muessle
Board Chair Affiliation Founder & President
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2005
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $65,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

With economic challenges throughout the developed world, it is often easy to forget that roughly 40% of earth's inhabitants live on less than $1 per day. Education is the fundamental requirement if society is to change that staggering statistic.

 
In recent years, Tanzania has prioritized education, projecting to spend nearly 20% of its budget on improving education. It faces the challenges of limited resources, quality upgrade, and fast-growing school populations.
 
Since 2005, expenditure per student has doubled, resulting in a boom in attendance. However, this makes for a high student to teacher ratio, and decreases the quality of education. Therefore, pass rates remain low and continue to decline. Overcrowded classrooms and overworked teachers greatly increase the need for technology to aid in the improvement of education in secondary schools.
 
The challenges to education in Tanzania are the result of a struggling classroom setting, which features English as the primary language. Students who do not adequately adopt English as their second or third language often face this as the main obstacle to their overall education; the lack of technology and efficient English-learning materials stunts their chances of overcoming this linguistic barrier. Without the skills befit the secondary classroom setting, students lose motivation and willpower in their education, and consequentially drop out of school altogether.

Global Outreach helps tackle the challenges with computer literacy programs in remote schools to give children the skills necessary for 21st century learning. It also provides two digital libraries for its member schools featuring online and digital learning materials, giving students the opportunity to improve their understanding of classroom curricula. They offer teachers and students access to countless digital databases featuring classroom learning materials, and high-speed internet, which allows for the browsing of online educational services.
Needs Statement

Our key requirements to continue the success we have experienced to date are:

- Operational funds. We are making a profound impact because we have hired Tanzanian nationals with high level skills and experience in their fields, including three senior education officials to provide the direction and leadership to support programs in our schools. As a result, we now must meet an annual payroll of $50K

- Many of our remote schools have no way to transport students to the digital libraries. Our plan is to provide a bus to collect students on a schedule which will allow schools to avail themselves of the libraries. We must raise $40K for the bus.

- Interns. We have seen the wonderful benefits, to both the Tanzanian community and the young people we have sent to Iringa, in summer internships. We will continue to try to attract motivated students to keep this program alive.

Background Statement

Global Outreach selected the Pommerin Secondary School, a typical rural boarding school with 380 students, as our pilot.  It is located 60 kilometers from Iringa town, far removed from paved roads, running water and communications.   

 
The first step was to conduct training classes on three desktop computers imported from the USA and powered by generators.  Installation of solar electricity afforded the opportunity to upgrade to 10 laptop computers and set the stage for student courses. The Pommerin Computer Laboratory was fully functional in 2003 and now serves as the prototype for all schools accepted into the program.

 Since this modest beginning we have grown to now support eleven secondary schools throughout the Iringa region. Our students not only get skills that differentiate them from the majority of secondary school graduates, but they have discovered that the use of computer technology in the learning of other subjects is an invaluable tool in their education.

Our most recent facility is an Internet Library, centrally located, and available to all of our secondary schools.  The library provides, through internet access, a wide range of educational opportunities for students, as well as for teachers who integrate this computer assisted learning into their curricula.The library will extend the facilities at the Kichangani Student Centre that already provides a hard copy library for all students in the community who attend schools that cannot afford their own facilities.  Today, Kichangani estimates that close to half of the ten thousand secondary school students in Iringa are members. 

A Digital Library, providing additional computer based learning materials was opened in 2011.  

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
Other
Areas Served Comments
Global Outreach works with secondary schools in the Iringa region of Tanzania.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Tertiary Org Type Science & Technology
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

In 1997 I visited my daughter in Tanzania, where she was working with a US  volunteer organization. I spent time in her remote mountain village of Pommerin and befriended the headmaster of the local secondary school. We talked about the problems his country was facing, where the median family income was less than $300. We focused on the lack of technology education, particularly computer skills - skills national leaders say are essential if their country is to move ahead.

 
As a result of that trip I started Global Outreach to bring computer literacy to the curriculum at the Pommerin Secondary School. Through donations of friends I was able to collect equipment to furnish a small computer laboratory. We installed solar panels and hardware to provide electricity and later expanded the lab to include enough equipment to provide training and self-study facility for teachers and students, as well as outreach programs for the local community.

Today we have eleven schools in our programs. In the last four years we have built two digitial libraries to provide materials and opportunities for our teachers and students that are not available to them in their internet-less world. We have built an in-country staff to provide the leadership and assistance necessary to support these facilities.

While I expect that many students will have doors opened to them as a result of learning new skills, the underlying dream is to nurture – some of our teachers and students will in the future grow to positions of leadership in a country that desperately needs leaders – and the self esteem and confidence they are gaining will be key to their growth. Global Outreach is about empowering people – giving them a hand-up, not a handout.

For me - I do this work because I believe that it embodies the message of social justice. From international assignments during my business career, I saw first hand the impact that personal attention and sharing has on the growth of people struggling to achieve a standard of living consistent with human dignity. This work provides me that opportunity.

I also do it because of the incredible joy I receive from it, the love of the people I work with. Ask anyone who does hands-on work like this, and they will tell you that they get more than they give. While I do dread the four days travel door-to-door from Potomac to Pommerin, the two to three weeks I spend in the village are the most fulfilling and exhilarating of my year. And the many personal notes of sympathy and support I have received from my African community since September 11 have had a profound personal impact.

Finally, I do it because I have seen what hands-on personal involvement with people facing a different set of challenges has done to my own awareness and empathy for others. By seeing life through their eyes, I am able to not only be supportive to them, but to take an advocacy role for many others who face obstacles we can appreciate fully only by involvement.

 

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

When Global Outreach was born sixteen years ago, we had a modest mission of providing computer literacy training in a remote secondary school in Tanzania. We knew that the children’s lives could be changed by the acquisition of these technical skills, which would help them in university education, securing employment, and helping the country move into the 21st century. Over time our vision expanded to more schools as we learned how to deliver and support these programs. Then with the construction of our Rotary-sponsored digital libraries in the Iringa municipality, we dared to dramatically expand our dreams to advancing the use of technology to help change the quality of secondary school education, one of the country’s biggest challenges.

We understood that to succeed in this dream would demand not only creating facilities and programs that could change educational paradigms, but inspiring educators and government officials who could actually influence changes in the country’s educational programs. Our mission became to be a Model and a Motivator – to lead by example, and to influence by making converts. This was the stimulus behind many of our relationships, from educational officers, to Ministers of Parliament, to the Ministry of Education, to the Ministry of Communications, Science, and Technology. The culmination of that dream has been realized. Global Outreach has been selected the Center of Excellence for Tanzania Beyond Tomorrow, the President’s premier secondary school education initiative committed to the use of e-learning for the future of the country. Our libraries will provide demonstration, training, and development by the government ministries participating in the program. Our member schools will be included in the government’s School Connectivity Project, providing broadband internet to participate in e-learning offerings. While we will continue as an autonomous organization (so we can maintain our flexibility and freedom), we will be a main cog in the Tanzanian government’s efforts to change the quality of secondary school education.

Our donors and volunteers share in the pride and satisfaction that we feel for the role that we have played in changing educational opportunity in one of the world’s poorest countries. These are the steps necessary to build the leaders who can change that picture. We are truly making a difference.

Programs
Description
Our primary program is the teaching of computer literacy in our member secondary schools. This requires an initial program with a school to:
 
- create a computer laboratory, supply power (solar installation if necessary), and furnish it with computers and furnishings.
- help the school select staff (lab manager and comuter literacy instructors) and conduct training programs including use of the Global Outreach curriculum.
- work with school administration to schedule computer literacy into the time table and into its examination structure
 
Once the classes are in operation Global Outreach supports the school with maintenance programs for the equipment, assistance in teacher development, educational materials, and other support activities. Teachers and students are given access to the digital libraries in Kichangani to facilitate their learning and experience.
 
Budget $30,000
Category Education, General/Other Computer Literacy
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Africa International
Short Term Success
The immediate impact of student computer literacy will be seen in improved performance at the university level. Although not measured, we are already recognizing changed behavior in the early stages of university from our graduates. Since universities require computer prepared materials in most classes, incoming students without computer skills (who represent the vast majority of freshman) spend much of their first year learning these basics and operate at a severe disadvantage. Already our member schools are highlighting this as a strength of their schools in presentation to potential students.
Long Term Success
By giving students computer literacy skills we will change the face of post primary education and move toward bridging the digital divide. Already we are providing computer learning for over 1,000 students per year.
Program Success Monitoring
Today we keep statistics on students participating in our classes. Unfortunately Tanzania does not include computer literacy in its test subjects, so it is impossible to measure our success in terms of government approved criteria. We are examining a partnership with local government educational arms to administer our own tests to give quantitative results in the future.
Program Success Examples
When we began teaching classes in the community, we had a handful of teachers who could operate a computer. Today, we have over 600 teachers who have been trained in our member schools using computer technology in their profession.
Description We offer internships in information technology, business, and education to Iringa area universities. Tanzania suffers from high unemployment and graduates lack practical skills to compete for jobs. We provide opportunities to help overcome this hurdle.
Budget $500
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Africa Africa Africa
Short Term Success Utilization of similar programs by the local universities.
Long Term Success A better prepared work force.
Program Success Monitoring Tracking by Universities.
Program Success Examples To be determined
Description
Tanzania has many challenges in student pursuit of knowledge, These include lack of books, limited access to the internet, and interest and motivation in reading.
 
Global Outreach intends to establish digital libraries to address these challenges. We provide both internet and server based libraries for student and teachers. Here they may do research, read materials, conduct class sessions and projects, and pursue any other educational activity. Through the power of technology we intend to leapfrog decades of neglect in providing reading materials to students and educators. 
 
Budget $25,000
Category Education, General/Other Library
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Africa Adolescents Only (13-19 years) General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Growth of student and teacher usage of the libraries.
Long Term Success Improvement on national examinations to allow students to advance. Improved success in  university. Greater opportunities for employment. a more educated society leading to better leaders, the foundation for developing nation success.
Program Success Monitoring Not in place at this time.
Program Success Examples All project schools are bringing students to the Internet Library on a monthly basis.  Use of the server library has expanded to a need for a large expansion of computers.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization While the need for computer literacy is easily understood and readily acknowledged, the use of computer technology to help change the paradigms of education in Tanzania is a major challenge.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Stanley Peter Muessle
CEO Term Start Jan 2005
CEO/Executive Director Email GlobalOutreach.HQ@gmail.com
Experience Stan Muessle (President) is a retired IBM marketing and product development executive who then spent several years as a Management Consultant in the field of teamwork and effective persuasion skills in internal corporate relationships. In 1997 he founded Global Outreach to introduce computer literacy into the Tanzanian secondary school curriculum as a way of improving student skills and increasing educational opportunities. He is a leading advocate of the power of computer and internet technology to change the quality of education in developing nations. Mr. Muessle is a graduate of the University of Portland where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He did his post-graduate work in English at Loyola University in Chicago. He is an avid golfer and with his wife teaches computer courses on cruise ships around the world. He and his wife Betty live in Bradenton, Florida. Mr. Muessle can be reached at GlobalOutreach.HQ@gmail.com.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Francis Mwachombe Country Manager
Miraji Vanginothi Kichangani Libraries Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
Ministry of Communications, Science, and Technology, United Republic of Tanzania  (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Diocese of Iringa, Roman Catholic Church  (Iringa, Tanzania)
Tumaini University - Iringa University College  (Iringa, Tanzania)
Ruaha College  (Iringa, Tanzania)
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, Iringa Diocese  (Iringa, Tanzania)
Eckerd College  (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Research Technology Associates  (Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
World Computer Exchange  (Hull, Massachusetts)
ByteBack  (Washington, DC)
SolarAid  (London, England)
Computers 4 Africa  (England)
Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School (Bradenton, Florida)
Cardinal Mooney High School  (Sarasota, Florida)
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Uhuru TorchTanzanian Government2016
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Stanley Peter Muessle
Company Affiliation Founder & President
Board Term Jan 2005 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email GlobalOutreach.HQ@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Edward Cassidy Treasurer
Melvin Hochhalter Secretary
Stanley Peter Muessle Founder & President
Jan Pullen Director
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Operations
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization All Directors are US residents.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $65,000.00
Projected Expenses $65,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
9902015
9902014
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$47,559$67,579$68,886
Administration Expense$5,731$2,560$1,858
Fundraising Expense$2,553$1,401$2,239
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.231.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%94%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%2%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$72,508$59,788$42,980
Current Assets$72,508$59,788$42,980
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,431$0$0
Total Net Assets$71,077$59,788$42,980
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $67,121Contributions, gifts, grants $88,414Contributions, gifts, grants $80,783
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $11Investment Income $192Program Service Revenue $784
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0Investment Income $142
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities50.67----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization The dramatic increase in users at the digital library has created a need for many more computers. This is exacerbated by the fact that existing refurbished computers are inadequate to upgrade to current Windows technology to support software installations. We are currently evaluating how to procure as many as 60 new computers, as well as construction needs to increase the library space.
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundation and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or financial compilations.  Financial figures were taken from the 990s.  Federal tax returns and unaudited financial compilations reconcile.
Nonprofit Global Outreach Inc
Address 7326 Windemere Ln
% Stanley Muessle
University Pk, FL
Phone 941 358-1705

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