About Us

Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (FOVC)

is an indigenous, non-profit, non-governmental, and non-political community-based humanitarian organization dedicated to making a significant difference for orphans, vulnerable children, and widows in the densely populated zones in Southern Ethiopia.

Our History:

FOVC was founded by Desalegn Daka in 2006 with the aim of making life better for children without families in the southern region of Ethiopia. Desalegn Daka met a UK developmental economist, Owen Barder, in late 2009. Owen then introduced Desalegn with an American entrepreneur, David Howlett, who helped Desalegn reach many Americans. Many people and organizations have joined the fight, and FOVC is making real progress in empowering real life change in the communities of Shanto, Dale, and Boricha and beyond in Southern Ethiopia. Today our main financial partner is a U.S.-based non-profit called Partners With Ethiopia (PWE). To learn more about PWE, go to www.partnerswithethiopia.org

FOVC was re-registered and licensed by Wolaita Zone Justice Department on September 10, 2015, under registration license 29-03-03. It was a signed project agreement with relevant government offices for three years (2015 to 2018). And more recently, FOVC is re-registered and licensed by SNNPRS Justice Bureau in accordance with Ethiopian Charities and Societies Proclamation 629/2009, bearing registration 3498.



FOVC’s mission is to educate and support children and empower women in Ethiopia, so that they are able to overcome poverty and become healthy, happy, responsible, and productive individuals.


Christ’s love forms the basis of our response to human needs. We seek to follow Him – in His identification with the poor, the afflicted, the oppressed, and the marginalized; and in His love for all people without discrimination. We demonstrate Christ’s love by reaching out to children, women and communities of all faiths.


Our main financial partner is a U.S.-based non-profit called Partners With Ethiopia (PWE). PWE is managing our H.O.P.E. sponsorship programs, funding our salary and administrative expenses, and fundraising for our community development and Widow’s Hope projects. PWE board members visit our project sites on their annual spring trip to Ethiopia.

We are so thankful for PWE and their dedication to support our work. Their mission is to, “…support our Ethiopian partners. They are working hard to educate and empower orphans, vulnerable children, and widows. This breaks the cycle of poverty and offers hope and independence for their future.”

To learn more about PWE go to www.partnerswithethiopia.org


As an indigenous, non-profit organization, our staff is comprised entirely of local men and women who are excited and able to make a difference in their communities. They have a deep love for the children and their goal is to help our beneficiaries excel in life. We believe it is important to hire local staff in each community who are familiar with local customs and culture and can connect with families on a deeper, personal level.