ODFL August 2019 Newsletter
What a busy summer this was! Since our last newsletter, in May, ODFL has completed 11 projects in 6 developing world countries. These projects dramatically improve life chances for some of the poorest people in the world. 
Los Altos Hills Magazine Puts ODFL on Front Cover!

ODFL’s founder was featured on the front cover of the July issue of the prestigious Los Altos Hills magazine. That’s him with the short hair. Click on the photo to read the story. It tells about ODFL’s origins, its current work, and its vision
Ivory Coast Water

The Karat School in Ivory Coast, West Africa, had no running water. School mothers carried it on their heads every day so their children would have water. 

ODFL funded a hydraulic system to bring fresh water to the school and surrounding village. 
Students can now wash, cook, and grow a first-ever garden. This project will help more than 5,000 people.

Special thanks to the  Half Mile to Water  coffee shop in North Hollywood for its support of this project.

Setidevi Library, Nepal

In June, 13 teenage girls traveled to Nepal to help build a library at the Setidevi School in Pharping. The students paid their own way. ODFL funded the materials, working with its local partner, Little Sister’s Fund.  
Last year, ODFL funded a science lab at the same school. The two projects have improved educational opportunities for the school’s 205 students. 

This project was funded by students at California High School in San Ramon, CA and Stockdale High School in Bakersfield. THANK YOU!
New ODFL Retail Supporters
ODFL has added two new retail outlets that are supporting ODFL projects to their customers. They are: 
Fowl Play in Palo Alto.  This is the best chicken between San Francisco and LA!  It’s on El Camino, just south of Page Mill. Please try it! 
Maison A is a French country boutique gift shop in downtown Morgan Hill, near Gilroy. Talk about class? Home décor, baby gifts, candles, French beauty supplies and so much more. 

Both stores are helping fund a new Birthing Center in Charambi in Nepal. Please visit them!
Girls’ Equality Project in Kenya
ODFL has distributed thousands of its Girls’ Equality Project kits in Kenya. The kits of washable sanitary supplies cost $5 but are free to the girls.  

They help adolescent girls deal with their periods, enabling them to stay in school. They last for three years, often long enough for the girls to be able to finish school. 

It may sound like hyperbole, but it is not: Helping an adolescent girl stay in school for $1.67 per year ($5 per kit/3 years), may be one of the greatest returns on human investment in the world. 

What Impact Can a Dollar Make?

We recently completed a study asking just that. Some of the findings: 

  • By purchasing milk cows, we are providing daily protein to African orphans at a cost of $1.35 per child per year.

  • A new water well in Malawi has helped double the calories available to villagers at a cost of $.25 (twenty five cents) per person per year.

  • Our Birthing Centers in Nepal are reducing the number of mothers and babies dying in childbirth by more than 90%.

To download a PDF copy of the report, click here .  
What We’ve Done This Year

So far in 2019, ODFL has completed 15 projects in 6 different developing world countries. These include a new classroom in Kenya, a Learning Resource Center in Nicaragua, a Water Project in Ecuador, and more.

These projects dramatically improve life chances for some of the poorest people in the world.  C lick here t o see all of these projects.
Final Word
Historically, ODFL focused on where the money came from: $1 donations. That’s how we got started, in high schools.  
But so many people have said that ODFL is the  only charity they give to  that tells them exactly where their money goes, and what it does. 
So, we are changing our focus, looking at the other end of the delivery pipe: what your donation  does
We call this  Effective  Altruism . It is  transparent investment , in  tangible projects , that deliver  demonstrable impact . And we still commit 100% of every dollar donated to your designated project.  We’re not aware of anyone else in the world doing this.
Finally, we are committing to a new, ambitious goal:
By 2014, ODFL will help one million of the poorest people in the world. 
Can we do it? With your help, we can. All we ask of you is that you recruit just two other people to help sponsor a project, no matter how small the donation. It’s fun. It’s fulfilling. And we are bigger when we help others.   Click here  to see this year's projects.
There are very few ways we can demonstrably change the world. ODFL is one of them,  and it’s working.  Thank you for making that true. The world is a better place because of you.
Yours in a Better World,

One Dollar For Life