orphans and other vulnerable youth


APC recognizes the importance of addressing the unique needs of adolescents and youth as part of a comprehensive approach to strengthening community health systems and programs. Read about current APC youth activities in Asia and the Middle East; Nepal; Tanzania; Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname; Uganda; and in building connections with faith-based organizations.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York build more responsive systems to help strengthen families and to reduce the number of children living outside of family care. Additionally, the organization helps countries to establish a baseline of the number of children living outside of family care.

Columbia University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New York City, New York. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.


This toolkit provides an overview of adolescent pregnancy, a Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health elearning course, tools, a comprehensive family planning and reproductive health database, and opportunities to share and connect. 

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partner & Communities (APC), the IRC ensures children under 18 in Burundi are in protective and permanent family care. The project aims to mainstream family-based child protection approaches at all levels of the government and contribute to shifts in fundamental skills, social attitudes, and norms regarding child protection and welfare in 10 provinces.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), Comforting Hearts provides care & support services and home-based counseling and testing services to PLHIV and their families. Services for adult PLHIV include the provision of physical, social, spiritual, and psychological care and support services and education.  The orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) component includes nutrition support, health, education, protection, psychosocial support, shelter, and care.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), P4EC aims to improve the safety, wellbeing, and development of highly vulnerable children, particularly those who are living without adequate family care. P4EC works with the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection & Family, Ministry of Education and other relevant ministries to strengthen national child protection systems. P4EC consolidates previous projects to create opportunities for national expansion and replication.

Through a grant awarded by Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), ChildFund aims to reduce unnecessary separation of children from their families, and to place children outside of family care in nurturing families.

ChildFund International is a Christian organization that sponsors children in need largely through monthly donations from individual sponsors. These donations are used to support the transition from extreme poverty for these children and their communities. In addition to their sponsorship program, ChildFund receives grants and donations to provide trainings and capacity building activities, health and education programs, emergency relief, and food distribution.


This guide is the first-ever whole-of-government strategic guidance on international assistance for children in adversity. Children in adversity include those affected by HIV/AIDS, in disasters, or who are orphans, trafficked, exploited for child labor, recruited as soldiers, neglected, or in other vulnerable states. This effort builds on the success of the Child Survival Call to Action, enhancing it by integrating assistance and measuring results to ensure that children ages 0-18 not only survive, but thrive.