Currently caring for 1,500 children and over 1,000 adults

Established presence in the country since 2005


We have served more than 80,000 children and adults since 2005

WWO has done so through partnerships with Ministries, local governments and community-based organizations.


80,000 homegrown heroes

Since 2005 we have served over 80,000 children and adults, through the use of locally hired staff and volunteer efforts. 


the WWO approach


Identify the unique needs of orphaned children in institutional and community settings and address those needs through medical, developmental, psychosocial and educational programs that are respectful of cultural norms.


Nurture orphaned children with love and attention, which is every child's birthright, so they may grow, learn, play and, ultimately, lead productive, dignified adult lives.


Encourage strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations, both in-country and internationally, so WWO can extend its reach, use its resources effectively and ensure sustainability.

a holistic approach to address the needs of children comprehensively  

WWO Ethiopia believes in good practices to ensure quality in our performance and fidelity to program interventions. As we invariably work in partnership with local service providers, the ultimate goal of our programs is the transition of intervention models and best practices. We also seek to empower our partners to lead in the efforts to affect positive change in vulnerable children and families and take full ownership of the intervention as WWO transitions to new areas of need. In order to facilitate the transition, an effective and fully functioning system of MEAL must be in place at the beginning of each partnership. Partners are expected to play an active role in the entire project cycle, including identifying needs, implementing and monitoring quality of interventions, and conducting periodical review and evaluation with support from WWO.  WWO and its partners are fully committed to accountability for transparency, compliance and good governance of the programs.


We currently operate element of play™ through ministries and local governments in Ethiopia.


Ethiopia programs


WWO Academy 

Objective: A K-8th grade school providing quality education, health, psychosocial and nutritional support for children living in extreme poverty. In the 2016-2017 schoolyear, WWO will run a preschool for 3 – 5 year old children. 

Residential and Day camp

Objective: A summer camp experience for adolescents living with HIV (partnership with SeriousFun Children’s Network) and for at-risk children who are not living with HIV.

Youth clubs 

Objective: Peer clubs to enable youth to develop skills that promote resilience and positive youth development, with a focus on HIV prevention and knowledge. 



Objective: Youth soccer programs for children and adolescents (including orphans, homeless children, children in detention and other vulnerable children) to encourage a healthy lifestyle and positive youth development. 

Educational services/tutoring

Objective: WWO operates educational assistance programs to improve academic achievement, address special education issues and increase school performance and completion. 

Reintegration and reunification 

Objective: WWO is engaged in reintegrating orphans living with HIV into the community or reunifying them with family members. 


Over our history of 18 years

We have brought life-saving AIDS drugs to orphans in Ethiopia and Vietnam, started a school for over 600 orphans and vulnerable children living in extreme poverty and provided healthcare for thousands of children living with HIV in Ethiopia, Haiti and Vietnam. We supported the education, development and psychosocial well-being of hundreds of children impacted by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and helped to improve the developmental outcomes of thousands of institutionalized children (ages 0 – 5) in Bulgaria. In 2014, WWO’s EOP served 2,256 orphans and vulnerable children in Bulgaria, Haiti and Vietnam. An additional, 1,799 children and their caregivers benefitted from case management and support groups at Family Resource Centers in Vietnam. 352 children living with HIV participated in camp and camp follow-up activities in Ethiopia, Haiti and Vietnam. 642 students attended K-8th grade at the WWO Academy in Ethiopia. 490 boys and girls participated in sport programs in Ethiopia and Haiti.


help us to transform the lives of thousands 



With 20 USD per month you can keep a child from hunger


With 25 USD a year you can cover 80% of a child’s need for medical services


With 100 USD a year you can help a child perform better in school and prevent him or her from dropping out



With 270 USD a year you can provide an at risk child with comprehensive care to improve his or her quality of life


With 320 USD you can sponsor a child with a serious disease to attend a 5-day international-standard summer camp


With 1500 USD you can provide educational toys for a toy library for early developmental intervention