ODFL builds Bigger People and a Better World. We do that by helping build schools, medical clinics, and other projects in developing countries from donations as small as one dollar. In 2016-2017, we completed 15 projects in 7 different countries. Since our founding in 2006, we’ve completed 95 projects in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central America. ODFL is a “change the world” idea that’s actually working. Join us!
Here are Projects Completed in 2016 – 2017
Nicaragua: 3 Classrooms at 2 Different Schools
Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. ODFL helped construct 3 classrooms: two at a school in Matagalpa and one in Tipitapa. Students from Oregon, working with the Oregon Association of Student Councils, contributed to both of the classrooms. Some traveled to help build the one in Matagalpa. This brings to 11 the number of classrooms ODFL has built in Nicaragua with our partner, Seeds of Learning. Here are photos and videos from the 2017 July Trip.
Nepal: 3 Birthing Centers at Pyauli, Basteem and Kot
Nepal has one of the highest rates of women dying in childbirth in the world. With One Heart World-Wide, we have built a total of 10 birthing centers providing pre-, neo-, and post-natal care to birthing mothers. They are reducing the number of women dying in childbirth by more than 90%. We also inoculate the babies at birth against 11 of the most common childhood diseases.
Kenya: Exhaustible Pit Latrines
The Ngungu Day Secondary School in Nyeri, Kenya, had no toilets. The 100+ girls missed a week of school every month. So, last year, with our partner, Kiini Sustainable Initiative, we built a set of new, sanitary latrines. This year, we added an additional 4 latrines and 2 urinals so the entire student body and staff have sufficient access to clean, private toilets.
South Africa: 2 Preschools in Tembisa Township
In the township of Tembisa, South Africa, ODFL has refurbished 15 preschools, including installing jungle gyms and water catchment systems. This summer, a group of ODFL student travelers refurbished 2 pre-schools, improving opportunities for all those children who attend them over their lives.
South Africa: Disabled Children’s Daycare Center
ODFL built a care facility for physically disabled children in the township of Tembisa. The facility provides a safe place for the children to go during the day. It also offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, and educational services. It is the only such facility for disabled children in a township of 460,000 people.
Multiple Countries: Reusable Sanitary Pad Kits
ODFL is working with Days for Girls to provide girls a solution to manage their monthly menstrual cycle. Without such a solution, girls in much of the world miss a week of school every month. They eventually drop out, sealing their fate as second-class citizens. The reusable kits cost $9 each and last for 3 years.
Indonesia: 23 Engineered Latrines
In Ban, in East Bali, Indonesia, E.coli from human waste is in the water supply. It is killing the children under 5. With East Bali Poverty Project, we built 47 engineered latrines to clean up the water: 24 in 2016 and 23 in 2017. They cost $250 each. Over their 25 year expected life they cost $1.66 per life saved per year.
South Africa: 15 Laptops
15 laptops for a computer lab in South Africa.
Kenya: Replaced dangerous school stairs
Replaced dangerous stairs at a school in Kenya.
Malawi: Water Well
Water well for village self-sufficiency in Malawi.
Here are Projects Completed in 2015 – 2016
Nicaragua: 2 Classrooms at 15th Septiembre School
ODFL student travelers helped construct 2 classrooms at the 15th Septiembre School in Matagalpa. This brings to 8 the number of classrooms ODFL has built in Nicaragua. Next year, every high school in Oregon will do an ODFL fundraiser to make this a Nicaraguan “Model School.” Here are photos and videos from the 2016 July Trip.
Nepal: Birthing Centers at Mulpani, Kasteem, and Kot
Investment: $3,000 this year; $11,500 next
We have built 7 birthing centers providing pre-, neo-, and post-natal, care to birthing mothers. They are reducing the number of women dying in childbirth by more than 90%. We also inoculate the babies at birth against 11 of the most common diseases. We have begun work on 3 more birthing centers, in Mulpani, Kasteem, and Kot villages.
Kenya: Exhaustible Pit Latrines
The Ngungu Day Secondary School in Nyeri, Kenya, had no toilets. The 100+ girls missed a week of school every month. With our partner, Kiini Sustainable Initiative, we built a set of private, sanitary latrines. Now the girls can go to school every school day of the year. The cost? $2.50 per girl per year.
South Africa: 5 Preschools in Tembisa Township
This summer, a group of ODFL student travelers refurbished 5 pre-schools in the Tembisa township of Johannesburg. They immeasurably improve the conditions and the reception for the hundreds of students who will attend them over their lives. The cost is approximately $2,400 per pre-school.
Malawi: Solar System at School in Manyesa
We began working with our partner in Malawi, Kasimu Education Fund, in 2009. The tiny village of Manyesa had 1,200 children but no classrooms. Now they have 4 classrooms, 9 teachers, and a solar powered computer lab. The solar system was ODFL’s contribution for this year.
Indonesia: 24 Engineered Latrines
Investment: $5,000 this year; $5,000 next year
Ban is in the VERY remote mountains of East Bali, Indonesia, E.coli from human waste is killing the children under 5. We’re building 47 engineered latrines to clean up the water. They cost $250 each. That means that over their 25 year life they cost $1.66 per expected life saved per year.
Myanmar: Medical Clinic for Orphans
Investment: $6,000 this year; $6,000 next year
In Myanmar, a Buddhist temple has taken in 230 orphans. But there are no medical facilities. So, with MCTA: RVi Academy (a top international school in Mandalay) we are building a small medical clinic to address malnutrition, vaccinations, infections, small injuries, hygiene, and such. Its cost is $12,000 or $2.60 per child served per year.