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CHILDREN'S WELFARE HOME • Joint Venture Agreement with

Provide for urgent crowdfunding cooperation • Protect 50 orphans & strengthen both organizations

Posted February 4, 2022

Background & Context

CHILDREN'S WELFARE HOME (CWH) of Nepal has suffered from several natural disasters and also chronic discrimination, because it serves low-caste orphans and other disadvantaged children and because the founders are also low-caste, yet necessarily socially active.

Historically: CWH had secured an angel donor from Finland who served as chief of Forestry in Nepal, then retired. He supported the Home for five years, and before returning to Finland, bought CWH land adjoining a Nepalese national forest where they built a new, 24-room orphanage with support from another major (but only one-time) donor. The new home was damaged by the major earthquake of 2015, & then wiped out by the severe monsoons of 2017 (likely exacerbated by Climate Change & undue glacier melt!) Then, in 2020, COVID hit! The country was already impoverished and politically unstable. (Nearly 25% of Nepalese children under age five are underweight according to the current World FactBook.)

STAR ALLIANCE — the original nonprofit organization since 1985 — has also suffered: in our case from lack of enforced Intellectual Property Rights due to lack of civil legal representation in this and several other areas of law over a crucial period, resulting in multiple injuries going un-redressed, chronic vulnerability, internal uncertainty, poverty, and public confusion.

It is hoped that by cooperating for protecting, feeding, & educating the children, staff, & community/ies with STAR ALLIANCE good will-peace values & ethics, the two struggling nonprofits can assist each other & both become sustainable & thrive. For example: We would like to employ young-adult CWH graduates to manufacture flags & other promotional products bearing our meaningful STAR ALLIANCE good will-peace values logo, thereby influencing & setting a model for the whole world.

Immediate Problem

Making sure the joint venture agreement is as sound and wise as possible under emergency circumstances.

FYI: CWH's two-year lease on one of its three urban homes expires 2022 February 12th, and they must relocate at once. There is no possibility of negotiating a lease extension, rents are in arrears, and there is great pressure to move immediately.

STAR ALLIANCE plans to use its own bank credit to make an emergency bridge loan/s of $7,500; followed by emergency crowdfunding and angel-donor searching and contacting, meetings, etc.. Proceeds will be split 50-50 between the two organizations, which will be disclosed in advance to all donors, and may even be publicized more widely.

Complying with appropriate U.S. regulations concerning international pathways and flows for donated funds is important and urgent.

Catchup compliance with government reporting, etc., is also important for STAR ALLIANCE as soon as feasible. (The latter can be treated as a separate project if necessary.)

Work & Deliverables

Expedited review of a 4-page emergency draft joint-venture agreement [with associated documents attached] between STAR ALLIANCE, a Berkeley, California-based 501-c-3 nonprofit organization; and CHILDREN'S WELFARE HOME, a charitable orphanage registered and operating in Lalitpur-Katmandu, the capital of Nepal. [Knowledge of Nepali law is not required for this project.] CWH cares for c. 50 children. The founding married couple are currently present in Richmond, California and seeking asylum in the U.S.A. after experiencing chronic harassment in their home country.

One or more loan contracts will also be needed and if possible: advice re any changes advisable in the original STAR ALLIANCE IRS “Specific Purpose” filing from 1985 (with recent updates drafted) to accommodate this venture. These topics, however, can be treated as separate projects if necessary.

Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Conference orientation call/s with Peter DuMont (m. 510-220-7464) & Maya Tamata, organ. execs/reps

Collaboration Phase

  • 1. Review extant draft joint venture contract & support docs, discuss, Q & A, provide tips for final
  • Research / consult re applicable laws & regulations as needed.
  • Review & approve final document for signing.

Wrap Up

  • Advise on future recommendations, precautions, & opportunities. Share / transfer records as needed.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 1-5 hours
  • Training Provided: No
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: California
  • Required Languages: None
  • Required Legal Expertise: Business Law, Corporate or Transactional Law, Human Rights, Immigration, Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes

In perilous times for nation and world, the original STAR ALLIANCE nonprofit organization (established 1985) can soon offer cooperative education and inspiration for peace values worldwide. Our proposed "Highest Civic Ideals" are principles, social values, and techniques rooted in natural law for healthy, sustainable relationships. These values, properly promoted, can help everyone be safer and happier while contributing to a far better social environment. Starting with good will and integrity, our values and ideals support responsible, creative freedoms and genuine, lasting peace and love. We aspire to create strategic partnerships with many educational institutions, nonprofits, businesses, and governments worldwide to make our "STAR CITIZEN" declarations, pledges, other educational programs, and support materials available to everyone on Earth by the year 2030. As background for lawyers: The foundation invented its famous name for global nonprofit educational purposes in 1986. We promptly registered "STAR ALLIANCE" with the California Secretary of State. Ten years later, we were approached on topic by United Airlines, representing the nascent global airlines alliance. Negotiations for the foundation went unrepresented and broke down in mid-1997, after which contingency representation was unavailable. The Foundation has survived an extended period of confusion & financial deprivation. As we prepare to thrive, mutually unfinished trademark co-existence & public-relations business remains. The scenario, resolved, represents an important opportunity to enhance national & global security at a critical time, and holds the potential to yield many other benefits for the foundation, the airlines and the public. Left unfinished, it represents continuing unrealized potential and unnecessary risk for all parties, most especially the public interest.

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