Human Services

Orchard: Africa

Protecting the vulnerable by equipping the local church

Chandler, AZ


We exist to develop and equip the local church and its leaders to be the response to poverty and injustice. Programs are our tools, the local church is our platform and hope in Christ is our message.

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Michelle Tessendorf

Main Address

312 N Alma School Rd, Suite 17

Chandler, AZ 85224 USA


South Africa, Zambia





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Home Health Care (includes Visiting Nurse Associations) (E92)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Due to historical poverty compounded by the AIDS pandemic, children in rural African villages are very vulnerable. Orchard: Africa addresses this vulnerability by equipping local village churches to respond to poverty and injustice in their community through four Programs - Food & Agriculture, Education, Care, Ministry.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Food & Agriculture




Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of adults with a source of ongoing care

Population(s) served


Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Context notes

Each month our pastors report how many home visits have been made in their villages.

Number of students receiving information on HIV/AIDS and STDs

Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Context notes

Each month our pastors report how many students received HIV/AIDS Prevention training.

Number of meals provided

Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Context notes

Each month pastors must report to us how many children received food from the feeding program and how many days per week it was available.

Number of children enrolled in pre-school

Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program


Context notes

Each month our pastors report how many children attended the preschools in their village.

Total amount of donations received

Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our mission is to see churches in Southern Africa respond to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of their own communities. Over and over again we are astounded at the quality of the pastors and church leaders already in place in the most remote villages and areas we serve. Men and women who exemplify calling, passion and care. We do not believe the problem is human capital.

Our goals for 2018 include:

· Provide 400,000 meals to orphaned and vulnerable children
· To provide orphan intervention to 1,200 children
· To provide training in agriculture to 600 people
· To provide preschool curriculum and support that will educate 150 children
· To train, equip and mentor 630 church leaders

Our focus is on four programs that are implemented through community churches. Each program is designed to be handed over to a church member or pastor to run and sustain and if this cannot happen, we don't implement the program. We provide ongoing program training, development and funding to help churches succeed. Our hope is that individuals in a community do not know who we are. Instead a community looks to the local church and the ministry they are providing. Programs are our tools, the local church is our platform and hope in Christ is our message. Our four programs are care, education, agriculture, and ministry.

For our ministry program we have developed a church Leader network that provides grassroots level partnership, mentorship and funding.
The purpose of the Leader Network is to:
-Build and strengthen relationships around a common goal.
-Provide training and mentorship.
-Provide a forum for church leaders to inspire and support one another.

Included in the training are these 12 modules:
-The Biblical Mandate for Social Involvement
-Poverty & AIDS - The big picture
-Setting up & registering a Non Profit Organization
-Basic Financial Management
-Feeding Project Implementation
-Orphan Intervention Project Implementation
-AIDS Prevention Project Implementation
-Monitoring, Evaluating & Reporting
-Management & Organization
-Job Descriptions & Delegation
-Working with Funders
-Grant Writing

After training is complete we fund church leaders to run village projects for our other three programs; care, education, and agriculture. These projects include:
-Educating local youth about HIV/AIDs.
-Providing simple materials that can explain STDs in local context.
-Identifying vulnerable and orphaned children who have lost a parent to AIDS.
-Providing equipment and funding to church leaders to run feeding projects and provide meals from a local church.
-Providing after school learning
-Running a church pre-school to encourage early childhood education.
-Developing and maintaining sustainable agriculture initiatives such as vertical farming and community gardens.

Orchard: Africa identifies active leaders in communities who have the capability to do more with resources and partnership.
We identify the main project needs in an area and then fund and train leaders to meet these needs.
We fundraise for these needs by communicating the project and leader need to potential donors.
We connect these donors through our organization to to the needs.
We have found that the capabilities of church leaders are improved when provided a forum, funding and follow through.

Funded network church leaders are required to submit monthly reports to a local regional pastor which is then communicated to our office for review and approval.

Indicators Include:
-Child attendance for meals, weight, mood and needs.
-Pastoral involvement
-Home visits and family impacts
-Community feedback
-Attendance at HIV/AIDS presentations
-Church and pastoral impact in the community
-Additional funding from outside donors
-Impact in neighboring areas/communities

Funding is distributed quarterly if projects meet reporting criteria and then reports are sent to donors.

9.4 million meals served
623 Pastors Trained through our Network
71,051 Orphans have received care and support
260,892 Youth have been educated on HIV/AIDs
45 current church projects receiving funding
8,099 Families served
6,620 Students completed and enrolled in preschool
478 Individuals trained in Vertical Farming
9 Active Community Gardens

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Orchard: Africa

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?