Recent Projects

Read actual Annual Partner Projects below to see how ODW’s Annual Grant of $10,000 actually turns into life changing, sometimes life saving aid for vulnerable children.

The 2017  ODW-USA Charity of the Year: The Livelihoods Project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

selected by secret ballot vote in November 2016 after intense scrutiny, debate and research by the 2016-2017 student members of Operation Day’s Work-USA.



Name of Project: Livelihoods Projects – Democratic Republic of the Congo
Name of U.S. PVO: American Foundation for Children with AIDS
E-mail Address:
Project Site in Country (Where implemented): Democratic Republic of Congo
Collaborating Organizations: Elikya Center
Project Director: Tanya Weaver
Project Start and End Dates: June 2017 – December 2017
Amount Awarded: $10,000


Project Goal: This program will contribute to the livelihood security for OVCs in DRCongo, Uganda and Zimbabwe through the expansion of our Livelihoods Program. Our goal for 2017 is to provide small livestock, vet kits, gardening tools, seeds, transportation, training and water filters to 115 additional families. We’ll also provide oversight of the project.

Our request to ODW is to help with a portion of the overall project taking place in Tandala, DRC: goat distribution for 8 families, sheep distribution to 8 families, pig distribution to 4 families, and bean seed distribution for 20 families. This grant will also purchase and deliver 1 water filter to each family, immediately providing clean water for beneficiary families, keeping them out of the hospital for issues including diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, etc. The above will enhance sustainable livelihoods for the 20 targeted orphan households by Dec. 2017.


Who will benefit from this project? Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) under 18 years of age in Tandala, DRCongo are the direct beneficiaries of this project. The following families are eligible for selection: Child headed households

  • Households headed by elderly guardians who care for OVCs
  • Households headed by sick and/or dying parents, where the OVC does most of the care

How will they benefit from this project? The program is expected to enhance food security of OVCs.  One impact of this livelihoods intervention will be to improve the nutritional status of beneficiaries, which is sorely deficient at present. The training and distribution of small livestock strengthens the capacity of the OVCs to produce food and earn incomes. This is expected to have impact of releasing other resources to take care of their educational and health needs. It reduces or eliminates their dependence on food aid, as well. Children can drink milk immediately upon receipt of pregnant goats and sheep, helping them grow healthier quickly.
In the area of training, skills imparted to direct beneficiaries will trickle down to other unintended beneficiaries in communities, either through observation or through the deliberate sharing of experiences and knowledge.

The major benefit of this project is the capacity that is developed in orphan households to sustain their own livelihoods. Once this capacity is built, it enables the targeted beneficiaries to stand on their own feet and meet their needs. It is expected that there will not be any need for additional financial inflow to support beneficiaries of this livelihood support initiative. A volunteer network will continue to work with these households to ensure that benefits that are accrued are sustained.

Project Background/Rationale: DRCongo, a vast country with immense economic resources, has until recently been at the center of what some observers call “Africa’s world war”, with widespread civilian suffering the result. The war has claimed up to six million lives, either as a direct result of fighting or because of disease and malnutrition. This has affected everyone in the country, but as usual, the children are the ones who suffer the most. For the country’s orphans, who make up roughly 15 per cent of the under-18 population, life can be even harder than for most. There are an estimated 350,000 AIDS orphans in DRCongo.

These children lack the resources to break the cycle of poverty and the government under which they live has not supported them in this regard.  With our help, I am confident that bit by bit, we can change communities by providing help, support, and skills training which will allow them to grow up as confident and self-sufficient adults.

What results do you anticipate from this project?

  • 20 OVC families will receive medium livestock, seeds and water filters
  • 85% of beneficiaries pass on livestock to multiplication centers for redistribution
  • 85% of beneficiaries will run successful livestock projects at their homes

Children/guardians who complete the program will be able to pay for school fees, food, medicine and other needs once their herds reach capacity and the children start bartering or selling animals

The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) is a non-profit organization providing critical comprehensive services to infected and affected HIV+ children and their caregivers. Our programs are efficient, promoting self-reliance and sustainability. Since 2005, in collaboration with our in-country partners, we have served tens of thousands of families in some of the most underserved and marginalized communities in Africa.  Our areas of impact include: medical support, livelihoods, educational support and emergency relief. AFCA is transforming lives in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRCongo).
2015-2016 Annual Project:  Alliance for Children Foundation- Haiti


  •          Name of Project: Changing the Future of Haiti through Children!
  •          Name of U.S. PVO:  Alliance for Children Foundation (AFCF)
  •          Address: 17 Oak Street, Needham MA, 02492
  •          Contact Person: Bonnie Delongchamp
  •          E-mail Address:
  •          Project Site in Country (Where implemented): Kenscoff, Haiti


Project Goal: The goal of this project is to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in Kenscoff, where we have worked for 5 years. This will include sustaining our feeding and tuition programs for the 45 children in the under resourced orphanage. In addition, we have recently hired five qualified teachers to lead daytime programs for preschoolers and after-school programs. Our goal is to train them in the Matènwa model of education, bringing the vital extra support needed to ensure these vulnerable children do not slip through the cracks.

Project Objectives: that support your goal: The objective of this project is to provide children with the essential needs and skills necessary to survive, including food, access to school, and literacy. We’ve added creative programming which brings music, dance and story-writing to the repertoire.  Our aim is to increase children’s confidence and self-esteem and to encourage them reach their potential.

Project Background/Rationale: The youth in Haiti don’t have a chance to break the cycle of poverty and child slavery if they do not have access to strong educational programs, or learn the skills necessary to support themselves.  This project could change individual lives, create new leaders, and transform future of the country of Haiti, starting with the children!


  1. Who will benefit from this project? The first stage of this project would benefit the estimated 80 school-age children we support in Kenscoff Haiti. The hope is, over time, this project will expand to all schools and community programs in Kenscoff and eventually throughout the country.
  2. How will they benefit from this project? The children will get the extra support they need to learn to read, write, do better in school, endure less violence, and have hope for the future.
  3. How will the beneficiaries be involved in the planning and implementation of the project? The children will support each other as they strive to learn, create and collaborate with these new and exciting education programs we will be rolling out in Kenscoff.


What specific activities will you carry out to accomplish the objectives of your project?

  • Sustain our feeding program for the children living in the orphanage in Kenscoff.
  • Provide tuition for children in the underserved orphanage to attend school.
  • Maintain our Learning Center – which centralizes robust learning activity for vulnerable children equipped with computer lab and library of culturally sensitive, native-langue educational materials.
  • Train our five teachers to lead day-time programs for pre-school age children and adults in the community, as well as after-school programs for school-age children.
  • Integrate organic gardening and vocational training into curriculum.
  • Help the older children to find employment in the areas which interest them after they age out of supported care.
  • Offer our programs to vulnerable families in the surrounding community beyond the orphanage. Many families are forced to abandon their children at orphanages due to extreme poverty. With access to vibrant education opportunities and medical care, these families are more likely to stay together, and fewer children will be in orphanages.

Bonnie, Director of The Alliance for Children Foundation 2

Bonnie, Director of The Alliance for Children Foundation addresses ODW-USA members

Bonnie, Director of The Alliance for Children Foundation

IMG_3275Bonnie, Director of The Alliance for Children Foundation 3


ODW-USA meets the 2016 ODW Charity of the Year: the Alliance for Children Foundation. The specific project is to help educate 80 orphans in school in Kenscoff, Haiti.

2014-2015 Annual Project:  American Foundation for Children Affected by AIDS


  • Executive Director: Tanya Weaver
  • E-mail Address:


This program will contribute to the livelihood security for Orphaned and/or Vulnerable Children in Zimbabwe through the expansion of our Livelihoods Program. Our goal for 2015 is to provide goats, rabbits, guinea fowl, chickens, vet kits, and rabbit pellets to 286 families. We’ll also provide seeds, porridge, transportation, training, and oversight of the project.

ODW will help by funding this portion of the overall project: chicken distribution for 20 families, rabbit distribution to 11 families, goat distribution to 5 families, small stock management training for 36 families, basic veterinary training for 36 families, gardening in arid areas training for 36 families, along with 2 new veterinary kits for the community. Transportation and delivery of the livestock is included in this proposal, as are vaccinations for all the animals, pellets for rabbits and porridge for the beneficiaries. This grant will also purchase and deliver 1 buck which is cared for by the community in order to control reproduction and cross breeding. The above will enhance sustainable livelihoods for the 36 targeted orphan households by Dec. 2015.


  1. Identification of 36 beneficiary families comprised of OVCs
  2. Procurement and distribution of 100 chickens, 22 rabbits and 15 goats
  3. Procurement and distribution of vegetable seeds to each family
  4. Procurement and distribution of porridge to each family during the vegetable growing months
  5. Procurement and distribution of rabbit pellets for one year (until gardens grow with greens for rabbits)
  6. Training of all beneficiaries in basic animal medical care and nutrition, as well as gardening skills
  7. Procurement and distribution of 2 veterinary kits
  8. Monthly support and monitoring activities
  9. Preparation of monthly reports
  10. Evaluation
  11. Project Background/Rationale

Zimbabwe has an estimated 1 million orphans due to the HIV/AIDS crisis. The government, through the Department of Social Services, negated its role over the past 17 years of being the main source of assistance to the poor and due to inadequate policies, has led to it being virtually broke. This has come at a time when HIV/AIDS is wreaking havoc among families resulting in one or both parents succumbing to the disease. HIV/AIDS, poverty and economic collapse has severely weakened the extended family which has traditionally played a vital role of being the natural caregiver of the orphaned child. Moreover, the sheer numbers of AIDS orphans have overwhelmed other support services that usually played a complimentary role in orphan care. These children now face hunger, lack of education and lack of health care. Livelihoods projects are proven to excel and bring hope and help in this type of situations.


Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) under 18 years of age in Zimbabwe are the direct beneficiaries of this project. The following families are eligible for selection:

  • Child headed households
  • Households headed by elderly guardians who care for OVCs
  • Households headed by sick and/or dying parents