Organisation Information

How long has Orphans Aid International been operating?

Orphans Aid International was established in New Zealand in 2004.

Is Orphans Aid International registered as a charity with the Charities Commission?

Orphans Aid International is registered as a charity in New Zealand with the registration number: CC27410

Does Orphans Aid International have an IRD number?
Orphans Aid International has a New Zealand IRD number, but this has not been disclosed for reasons of privacy.

What are its sources of funding?
The main source of funding is from national Supporters and Fundraising initiatives. The Orphans Aid International Fundraising Shops around New Zealand, as well as our Online Shop and Trade Me Store has been providing income since 2005.

What is the manner of operation?
Orphans Aid International uses appropriate specialist software systems known as Fundraiser software, serviced by Infosoft in Wellington. This software enables Orphans Aid International to capture and manage information accurately designating donations to the right places and manage events and campaigns. It also meets the relevant provisions of the Privacy Act 1993.

Is Orphans Aid International connected with another international organisation?
The organisation was established in Invercargill, New Zealand and is not an off-shoot of any overseas charity, but has a very strong connection with New Zealand. All trustees are from New Zealand and the Trust is managed and controlled in New Zealand. We have partnerships with other organisations, but are not controlled by them.

Does Orphans Aid International have regular and accurate information from the organisations it is partnered with?
Orphans Aid International receive project reports for core projects at least monthly and often weekly. Regular video-conference/tele-conference meetings are held with each organisation, regular emails and monthly financial reports are made. Orphans Aid International board members are also board members on the overseas trusts where the local law will allow it. Orphans Aid International board members are personally involved in setting and reviewing budgets in each project. Orphans Aid International also examines records and ask for receipts for particular items outside of an audit time when visiting an orphanage.

For projects where funds are sent regularly, an audit is done on a yearly basis. The applicable laws of the country in question usually require an audit in any event. Orphans Aid International is also involved in the non-financial standard setting, particularly around the safety of the children and the prevention of abuse of any kind. Orphans Aid International has conducted training in these areas with specialist help.

Orphans Aid International has come to know the staff and management of peach project very well. In future we will have Kiwis in the ground involved in developing countries where we are not currently based who will be setting up and governing projects in conjunction with local people. We have one example of that currently and have another one we are assessing.
We visit projects regularly and have also sent skilled volunteers to check up and help in specific areas.

Does Orphans Aid International have a set of financial accounts that clearly identify receipts of donations and transfers of funds, on a regular basis, to its designated charitable purposes?
Audited financial accounts for the latest can be viewed on the New Zealand Charities Commission website. They identify where donations have gone. Further, the software that is being used, as referred to above, ensures accuracy in this regard.

Can Orphans Aid International demonstrate that its activities are likely to be effective in the long term?
Yes, we have already been sustaining the first orphanage that we set up in May 2004. This started with four children. It very quickly grew to ten and since then has seen many more children placed in long-term fostering or adopted to loving families. One child returned to natural parents. The effectiveness of the work is growing. Orphans Aid International has received emails from parents who have adopted or fostered children expressing their thanks.
Children are now at school who wouldn't have been, children have received surgery that needed it, children are now fed and given security, the poverty cycle is broken in these lives.

Stefi (not real name) has had surgery since we found him abandoned in a Transylvanian hospital, we took him to our home, and is now five years later, living with a family who want to adopt him. Hospital staff have been thanking us for helping with a situation they see as too difficult to handle. Children as old as fifteen still living in cots because they've been left there too long and now can't be moved. A Kiwi lady volunteering in Romania visits one such girl several times a week.

Other projects we are involved with in Romania are also growing and we have been developing a volunteer programme particularly for skilled workers and tradesman as we get several inquiries a week from Kiwis wishing to give their practical skills to a community/people in real need. We have a group of audiologists prepared to offer their services (possibly in India), a team of plumbers who have have been thinking of putting to work building a toilet block in a place where there are no washing facilities.

Russia is another example where whilst we may not be rescuing babies from being abandoned in the street or left uncared for in the hospital cot, we are helping children who fall through the the gaps in state care. Children who live on the streets, whose parents are in prison, who live in a school because there is no place called home. Providing food, clothing, a place to have a shower and wash and most importantly, hope for the future. This has a huge impact on a child's life and once again, breaks the cycle of poverty. The local government in the city has been so impressed with what has been happening with these children they've helped with a building and are beginning to provide other resources to increase the reach of the project.

Children in Nepal and India are receiving an education that they wouldn't otherwise receive, medical help and learning life skills that can only make an impact on the child and the country.

Each of these countries, we are targeting children who are in destitute, hopeless situations and lifting them out of it. Children who, without our help, have nowhere to turn. We know that the effect of this will go on for future generations. We as Kiwis cannot turn a blind eye to such significant human atrocities; we who have so much must do all we can to help.

Can Orphans Aid International carry on for any private pecuniary profit of an individual?
Orphans Aid International trust deed specifically provides a restriction to its purposes to prevent the private pecuniary profit in clause 3.1 of its trust deed. The trustees of Orphans Aid International are of the highest moral calibre, and this acts as a safeguard to ensure that this clause in the trust deed is adhered to. In addition, there are other mechanisms for enforcement if it transpires that charitable trustees have applied funds for their own pecuniary gain instead of for the charitable purposes set out in the trust deed.

Does Orphans Aid International have procedures to prevent funds going directly, or indirectly, to individuals or organisations associated with terrorism?
Orphans Aid International screens potential partners through KYC360.com – an internationally recognised online anti-money laundering community. We have also adopted a Handbook of Good practices by Transparency International, which has been pulled together by eight major aid providers. Further, Orphans Aid International has recently implemented a policy whereby it refers to the New Zealand Police list of Terrorist organisations and affiliates before any funds are transferred.

Does Orphans Aid International have procedures to ensure that no support is given to any individuals or organisations that carry out activities that could result in the conviction in New Zealand under the law, such as the Crimes Act 1961, or similar laws in the relevant country?
Police checks are carried out on key people within organisations, including here in New Zealand and also directly anyone working with the children.

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