Orphan Lifeline
Process | Home Placement | Outcomes Measurement
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The Process Steps
Orphan Lifeline strictly adheres to the following steps in order to identify and fund new church-based home projects:
We continue to evaluate city initiatives based on our Strategic City Methodology and other relevant factors.
We meet with and enter into a new understanding with a US-based missions agency or para-church organization (partner organization). This partner organization must have a historical, substantial and continual presence on the ground in the areas we serve. This organization must also have ECFA accreditation.
We provide materials and training to the field workers (missionaries) of the approved partner organization. These materials include a Grant Assessment form that has been individually coded for the partner organization.
A field worker (missionary) for an approved partner organization identifies a potential project and submits the two-page Grant Assessment request to us. This short form allows us to determine whether a potential project meets basic initial criteria for success. We evaluate the Grant Assessment and, if approved, forward a full Grant Application to the field worker. The Grant Application is specifically coded for tracking and accountability purposes.
The Grant Application is then forwarded to us where it undergoes a thorough review and comprehensive due diligence process.
The due diligence process includes reference checks, phone interviews, spiritual assessment, and additional short-form informational requests.
In areas where we have Orphan Lifeline regional offices, one of our staff representatives also visits the project throughout the process to conduct additional checks and submits a Field Report to us.
We check the Field Report responses against all other information and observations
Once a project is approved, a Funding Agreement is entered into with the partner organization and the newly-approved indigenous church partner signs a Care Agreement committing to certain physical, educational, emotional and spiritual care obligations (see Scope of Care).
Funding is released to the partner organization.
The partner organization pays contractors directly or determines the best stages and timeframes to release funds to the indigenous church.
Constant communication occurs between us, the partner organization and new church-based orphan home.
Pictures and Construction Reports are due from the indigenous church partner throughout the building process.
Specific outcomes-based reporting is due at the one and two year marks. Outcomes are evaluated according to child, church and community impact along both physical and spiritual criteria and expectations (see Outcomes Measurement).
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