Orphans Africa (OA) is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt charitable organization that began in 2007 with the coming together of three ordinary people whose desire was to build peace between nations by providing assistance to those who are most vulnerable.
“Be the change you wish to see . . . ” — Mohandas Gandhi
Volunteer Locally in Tacoma, WA
Some organizations are gigantic; it’s easy to get swallowed up by the enormity and feel that, despite all your efforts, you haven’t made a dent. But when you volunteer with Orphans Africa, your efforts will have a direct, measurable effect on our four projects and the orphans and widows whom we serve. You’ll be able to hear the stories of how you made a difference! If your passion is to help those in need, to be the change, consider becoming a volunteer with Orphans Africa.
3 ways you can help:
- Fundraise –
- Fundraising is central to our work at Orphans Africa. Simply put, without funding, we can’t do much of anything. OA needs enthusiastic people who are willing to raise funds to help the orphans and widows of Tanzania. This can be done right in your own community, whether individually, within a family unit, a church, a school, or a civic club. Already we’ve had many generous people (including children!) raise funds and awareness. Here are a few ideas on how you can raise funds to support Orphans Africa. Whatever you decide to do, please let us know about it as far in advance as possible. We may be able to help you with promotion.
- Organize a community or church BBQ, pool party, music fest, or similar.
- Start a “pocket change drive” at your school or church. All pocket change for one year goes into the OA jar.
- Organize a car wash or bake sale.
- Organize an auction with goods and services donated by local businesses, or hold a yummy dessert auction!
- Throw a home party! (How about a coffee-tasting party . . . or a Victorian tea party? Use your imagination!)
- Spread Awareness –
- As important as fundraising is, it really is incomplete without educating people about OA and the work we do. The outcomes of the above fundraising activities are enhanced when you also share information about OA. Besides the fundraising activities listed above, what follows are some ideas and resources on how to spread awareness.
- Speak at your local civic organization, such as a Rotary Club or Lion’s Club.
- Speak at your local church, synagogue, temple, or mosque.
- If you’re in school, ask permission to speak to your class. We find that children make incredible advocates, especially when they’re advocating for other children!
- Write an article about OA and submit it to your community or school newspaper.
- Blog about OA.
- Create an OA display booth at your next community event.
- Sew, Sew, Sew –
- Do you love to sew? Form an Orphans Africa Chapter in partnership with DAYS FOR GIRLS
Be a part of a local Fundraiser
Our WEB Thrift Store
Orphans Africa has a Web Thrift Store setup where you can donate items to Orphans Africa for sale. When a visitor to the Web Thrift Store purchases your item – you simply ship the item to the purchaser – the money get’s sent to Orphans Africa – and you get a receipt for a tax write off. Think of it as Ebay for charities!
Run a race to raise funds for Orphans Africa
Many people choose to run a local race to raise funds for Orphans Africa, and you can too!
Organize or participate in a “_____-a-thon” such as a marathon, half-marathon, triathalon, walk-a-thon, read-a-thon, swim-a-thon, bike-a-thon, cook-a-thon, or a mud run (mudrun-a-thon?). Gather support via your social network. Let your friends and family know that you are racing to support Orphans and Widows in Tanzania. We will help you with tips and your very own fundraising web page that your friends and family can donate through.
Pictures from past fund raising activities:
If you’d prefer OA to mail you some brochures, we’re happy to do so; simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have promotional postcards for handing out at events. Contact us at email@example.com to get as many copies as you need.
“Volunteer Impressions” — (10:46 minutes) Pablo and Monica from Brazil share their experiences volunteering in Tanzania at OA projects, most especially at the Mwaji Secondary School, located in one of the most poverty-stricken regions.
“Imagine” — (10:52 minutes) Have you ever imagined how your life would be if you’d been born into extreme poverty? Most of us in the Western World can’t. By focusing on the story of Rosie, an orphan, this video examines some of the realities of being an orphan in Tanzania and the everyday challenges in trying to survive and to receive an education.
OA HEADQUARTERS IN TACOMA, WA
FORM AN ORPHANS AFRICA CHAPTER
Do you like to sew? Then what are you waiting for? Grab your needle and thread, get your sewing friends together, and form an Orphans Africa Chapter in partnership with Days For Girls.
Women and girls in third world countries frequently do not have access to feminine hygiene products. Or, if they do, the products are cost prohibitive. During their menstrual cycle, women and girls usually stay at home, closeted in their rooms, missing work or school. As a consequence, women struggle to stay productive; girls fall behind the boys at school. Days For Girls has a beautiful remedy — washable, reusable, feminine hygiene kits!
OA first partnered with Days For Girls in 2011 when we took 100 kits with us to Tanzania, distributing them to the women and girls at our project schools. We brought an additional 45 kits sewn by generous group as a senior project for one of our volunteers. The women and girls of Tanzania welcomed the kits with outbursts of cheers and clapping, plus a few giggles! Such a little thing, yet what a huge impact!
Ready to get started? Click here to start an ORPHANS AFRICA chapter via the “Days for Girls” website. Make sure you name your chapter according to your geographic region; for example: “Orphans Africa — Kansas City, Missouri, USA” or “Orphans Africa — Vancouver, BC.” As a partnering chapter, you’ll receive technical support from Days For Girls, plus recognition on their website.
All OA chapters can send their completed kits directly to OA rather than routing them through Days For Girls. And if and when OA has any leftover kits, we will then send them on to Days for Girls for distribution in Africa — usually Kenya, Zambia, or Zimbabwe, or we can store them for the next OA trip to Tanzania. Make as many kits as you want . . . the sky’s the limit! As Days For Girls says, “No woman should be without!”
In a Nutshell:
Register as a chapter
Copy the patterns
Sew the kits
Mail the kits directly to OA
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