Our Philanthropy Begins at Home … and Has a Global Reach
OCI is dedicated to helping those in need in our community, nation, and world. We actively support U.S. scholarship programs that help disadvantaged youth gain access to quality education. On a broader scale, we help by training civil servants in African nations and representatives from the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) community on how to secure U.S. Government grant funds to support critical treatment programs.
College of William and Mary Scholarship
OCI sponsors a scholarship program at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Uganda Scholarship Program
OCI sponsors a scholarship program in Kampala, Uganda that provides funds for 45 school-age children to attend school. This program, started in 2010, provides educational opportunities for children who could not attend school without outside assistance. All children enrolled have at least one parent with AIDS.
Children’s AIDS Fund (CAF)
The Children’s AIDS Fund (CAF) helps to administer OCI programs in Africa. CAF manages AIDS-related programs in English speaking African countries. OCI president Russell Smith is a board member of CAF. For more information on CAF, please go to www.childrensaidsfund.org.
African Grant Training Program
OCI provides training programs on grant preparation in various African nations, helping participants gain the skills needed to prepare grant proposals to secure funds from U.S. government aid programs. These grant funds are used to support vital AIDS treatment programs, many of which can mean life or death for the nation’s citizens.
We have provided training seminars in Kampala, Uganda; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Lusaka, Zambia. Seminar attendees have included civil servants who work in African government ministries aided by U.S. funds, and program managers from various NGOs that help administer the programs.