A Touch of Love Foundation is a non-profit organisation who helps poor children and adults with gaining an education, job training, healthcare, and decent food and housing. Our work started in 1995 before the foundation was incorporated. Vicki and Wayne Galler moved to India and started programs for poor villagers outside the city of Pune. Vicki started the child sponsorship program with our family and friends as the first sponsors. Working with a local Rotary Club, we did AIDS prevention seminars in the city of Pune. Wayne then wrote a grant to bring AIDS prevention to 140 villages. A local Lions club gave a grant to teach adult education. A company in Italy funded a tutoring program for poor children failing out of school. In the spring of 1999, we helped start a legal non-profit in India (called an NGO) to run the programs so we could move back to the United States. To facilitate donations in America, we formed A Touch of Love Foundation in June 2000.
The projects have now grown enormously. We have child sponsorship programs in India, Ghana, the Dominican Republic and Argentina. These allow very poor children to attend the best schools in their district with all uniforms, books, medical care and school supplies provided. Each program is customized to the specific needs of the local area and situation. We provide free medical care in rural areas of three countries by giving donations of medicines, continuous medical clinics covering whole villages and giving whole families national health insurance policies. We have a tsunami affected children’s relief program in Southern India and nearby a medical clinic and a nursury school. We help local non-profits and struggling families in Southern California, including foster children and homeless shelters.
Our organization stays all volunteer and no member of A Touch of Love Foundation in the United States has ever been paid for their time or work. Teachers, nurses, social workers, cooks, tutors and others working in the field at our projects are paid fair local wages.
A Touch of Love Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation and is registered with the IRS and the State of California as a 501 (c) 3 organization. Our federal EIN number is 33-0914670. Our California state organization number is 2192333. Our stated purpose from our bylaws is “helping poor children and adults with gaining an education, job training, healthcare, and decent food and housing.”