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.
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.