DiverseCity 2019 Summer Program

In 2019 ORFL decided to support DiverseCity with a donation towards their Summer Programs.   Who is DiverseCity? DiverseCity is a youth development organization that prepares tomorrow’s global citizens through health education and leadership training. The curriculum offers a fun and engaging outlet for physical activity and instruction in targeted interest areas (e.g., arts, music, sport, theatre), while simultaneously furthering … Read More

Mercy Corps Social Venture Fund

Mercy Corps started a Social Venture Fund (SVF). It aims to accelerate the growth of innovative, financially sustainable companies that are socially responsible and positively impact people in developing countries. SVF hopes to de-risk the companies it takes on and make them more attractive to later-stage investors. Since we started supporting the SVF they have made three impact investments Arifu, … Read More

USA Visit

This year I went to the USA from the 4th to the 13th of May 2018 to carry out due diligence on the projects we support and to explore some projects that we could support in the future. The projects ranged from education to skill training. I went to Haverford College a school in Philadelphia since we support an educational … Read More

Prayasam

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Mission: Organise and develop children who live in slum areas to become empowered change agents. They also aim to eradicate mental and emotional poverty. Report: Prayasam started in 1996 with the vision that children are agents of change and that they can transform their local communities. Prayasam strength is through its empowerment of children and young adults, today these children … Read More

Gaza Sky Geeks

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  In summer of 2017 we decided to support Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG). A start-up hub, incubator, accelerator and community centre for coders or learners of code in Gaza. Gaza Sky Geeks was founded in 2011 in partnership with Google and Mercy Corps.   The idea came about because Gaza has a highly educated population however because their boarders are … Read More

Renovating the multi-media room for Centro de Vivência Redentora

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Fundação SEMEAR serves the poor in Brazil. It offers children and young adults a range of programmes to help them build self-esteem, learn new skills and deter them from falling victim to violence, drug trafficking or child labour.  Fundação SEMEAR built Centro de Vivência Redentora (CVR) to give it a space to serve socially vulnerable children and teenagers from favela … Read More

A new training block for the blind

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In December 2016 with the help of our India team we decided to support Indian Association for the Blind (IAB). We have been supporting IAB for many years. They are a South Indian based non-profit that is helping in the education, employment and rehabilitation of visually challenged people. IAB mission is “To provide comprehensive education, rehabilitation and employment opportunities for … Read More

Mercy Corps projects

In May 2017 we went to see Mercy Corps. They proposed two new project so us, Gaza Sky Geeks and a Social Venture Fund (SVF). The Social Venture fund is investing in social ventures and for-profit companies with long term impact. Mercy Corps wants to partner with ORFL. The aim of their SVF is to improve the lives of 4 … Read More

Visiting India

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Thank you to our India Team, we have been able to support many different meaningful impactful projects in India. On the 2nd of February 2017, I was able to go visit Baalyaa school and Christ Faith Home. Baalyaa school’s mission is to provide education to children with different abilities (from mental disabilities to physical disabilities) and children in need, empower … Read More

Impact Investing

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ORFL supports Haverfords impact investing initiative programme ORFL helped to start a Microfinance and impact investing initiative programme (Mi3) in 2011 at Haverford College in the USA. In 2016 it has completed its fifth year and accomplished many things. The impact investing initiative programme which is run at Haverford aims to allow students to shadow companies that are trying to … Read More