Statutes

Art. 1 SOCIAL REASONS
Under the name of ATKYE Associazione Ticino Kenya Youth Education, an association is established in accordance with articles 60 et seq. of the CCS.

Art. 2 SCOPE
The association, which is non-partisan and nondenominational, aims to support the integral development of the person through cooperation projects in Kenya with particular attention to the condition of women.
The association is non-profit-making.

Art. 2A 

The Association reserves the right to grant financial incentives in the form of interest-free loans, subject to unanimous decision of the Committee, to collaborators working on the project in Kenya under the following cumulative conditions:
The total amount of the loan(s) must not exceed the equivalent of CHF 5,000.00 per year and is granted as a one-off payment per employee.
the main purpose of the amount must be to guarantee the applicant's family decent living and housing conditions
the applicant must have been active in the project for at least 5 years proving his seriousness and loyalty and must demonstrate that he is not able to finance himself independently
+ Reimbursement of the sum must begin after completion of the work or purchases or other services for which the loan was granted and must consist of a minimum sum of CHF 50.00 per month, deductible directly from the applicant's paycheck
+ the financial situation of the Association must be such as to be able to approve the granting of the incentive without endangering the financing of the educational project as such.

Art. 3   Head office
The association has its headquarters in Lugano (Switzerland).

Art. 4 ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
Members are all persons who share the aims of the association and pay a minimum amount corresponding to the annual membership tax. Legal persons may also become members if they have the right to a single vote at the general meeting.
Membership of the association is lost due to resignation, non-payment or for serious reasons decided by the assembly.

Art. 5 Organizations
The organs of the association are:
- The General Assembly
- The Committee
- The Audit Committee

Art. 6 THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The General Assembly, the supreme body, is composed of the members of the association.

Art. 7 COMPETENCES OF THE ASSEMBLY
The powers of the assembly are:
- the appointment of the Committee
- approval and amendment of the statutes
- approval of the annual accounts
- the approval of the programme of activities
- the appointment of the review panel.

Art. 8 CONVOCATION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
It is convened in ordinary session at least once a year; in extraordinary session by the committee or at the request of at least ¼ of the associates.
The ordinary Assembly is called in writing one month in advance with indications of the agenda. Individual proposals must reach the committee, which will send them to the members 10 days before the meeting.
The General Assembly may only take decisions on items on the agenda.

Art. 9 MODE OF DECISION
Each member has the right to one vote. Legal persons shall designate one person with the right to vote. Decisions are taken by simple majority. However, the amendment of the articles of association, the dissolution of the association and the exclusion of one member require a qualified majority of 2/3 (two/third) of the members present. In the event of a tie, the presidential vote is decisive.

Art. 10 COMMITTEE
The Committee shall have a maximum of seven members. The chairman shall be appointed from among its members. The committee shall be responsible for pursuing the aims of the association. The Committee shall act in the presence of its members; its decisions shall be taken by a majority of those present. The activities of secretariat and cashier may be carried out by persons external to the committee. The term of office is four years with the possibility of unlimited re-election.

Art. 11 COMMISSION OF REVISION
The auditing of the accounts is entrusted to two members of the association appointed by the assembly for a period of 4 years. They are always eligible for re-election. The auditors submit a report on the financial situation to the meeting, certifying the correctness and completeness of the accounts.

Art. 12 RESPONSIBILITY AND REPRESENTANCE
The president represents the association. The association is bound by the signature of the president or other members of the committee delegated by him. The members of the executive committee and the individual members of the association are not personally liable.

Art. 13 FINANCING
The financing of the association's activities comes from:
- contributions, donations and legacies from legal or natural persons
- collections
- dues.

Art. 14 PERIOD OF MANAGEMENT
The administrative year opens on 1 January and closes on 31 December.

Art. 15 DISCLAIMER
The association can be dissolved only by decision of the assembly with a majority of 2/3 (two thirds). In case of dissolution of the association, its assets will be donated to another entity with similar purpose decided by the assembly.

Art. 16 SUPPLEMENTARY RULES
For anything not provided for in these articles of association, the additional mandatory rules of the CCS shall apply.

Art. 17 INCREASE IN VIGORE
The present statute enters into force on June 9, 2018, replacing the previous statute, modified in September 2001, and the one dated September 1997 and signed by the charter members.

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