OUR PHILANTHROPY BEGINS AT HOME … AND HAS A GLOBAL REACH

OCI is committed to helping those in need in our community, nation, and world. Over the years, we have actively supported a range of philanthropic efforts, including scholarships in both the U.S. and Africa, food banks, and grant training programs.

CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK

OCI donates funds to this leading food bank, which sources and distributes the food for over 45 million meals a year in the greater Washington, D.C. metro region.

UGANDA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

OCI sponsors a scholarship program in Kampala, Uganda that provides funds for school-age children to attend school. This program serves children who could not attend school without outside assistance. Many of the enrolled children have at least one parent with AIDS.

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY SCHOLARSHIP

OCI sponsors a scholarship program at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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.  Russell Smith, President of OCI, is a board member of CAF. For more information about CAF, please go to www.childrensaidsfund.org.

AFRICAN GRANT TRAINING PROGRAM

OCI has also provided training programs in grant preparation in African nations.  Helping participants gain the skills needed to prepare grant proposals to secure funds from the U.S. government. These grant funds are used to support vital programs, many of which can mean life or death for the nation’s citizens.

These training seminars have been provided in Kampala, Uganda; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Lusaka, Zambia. 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.