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Mission / Vision
OAF is an independent, non-profit human rights organization for orphaned and abandoned children worldwide. Children who are deprived of the guidance and protection of their primary caregivers are more vulnerable to health risks, violence, exploitation and discrimination and they are often deprived of education. We strive to guard the fundamental needs of this disadvantaged population by engaging in advocacy, education, problem analysis, and the development of solutions based on sound research that can be applied by countries and NGO’s worldwide.
It is our mission to serve the best interest of children without parental care worldwide, by reducing the number of children without parental care.
OAF will do this by using the best possible research on “best interest of the child” to assist governments and NGO’s worldwide to unite children as early as possible with permanent and loving care. Special attention will be given to find structural positive solutions for older children, less easy to place in family or family-type environments.
OAF Key Initiatives 2014 - 2018
OAF will partner with governments in adding new ideas and pragmatic solutions for children without parental care in cooperation with universities and NGOs throughout the world. This will lead to the implementation of the 3 main projects :
1: Research, Information and Evaluation:
- Assistance with national implementation in regard to (inter-)national legal environment by engaging in education and offering scientific expert solutions.
- Initiate a full study including case studies and research to the OVC subject
- Bring together a diverse group of experts in child welfare issues yearly, to review progress and gaps identified, including a youth representation.
2: OAF Academy for OVC studies:
- To build a knowledge centre where all related Children’s Institutions can be trained to the objectives of the reform/action plans and the children’s rights Also a training centre for all persons concerned with Orphans and Vulnerable Children.
- Periodical review of national standards, regulations and a supervising and monitoring system for all related institutions and practitioners.
- Build and facilitate a training centre in the capital, to address OVC issues by organizing courses, workshops and conferences.
3: OAF Family Programmes
- To offer a temporary place of safety for children without parental care and to promote the holistic growth of the child: emotional, cognitive, social, moral and physical.
- Restructure and build family units and reorganize homes into family models including a special needs section and a medical facility.
- Step up reintegration activities of children back to the community.