The singular vision of a tiny Tanzanian village became
reality. Instinct might tell us that Idweli’s model for taking
care of orphaned and vulnerable children could, and should, be replicated
across the African continent. But at the Lundy Foundation, we don’t
rely solely on instinct.
With generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation
and several corporate and individual donors, we completed a comprehensive
18-month, scientifically based evaluation, assessing the center’s impact on the Idweli community. Our overarching
goal was to develop an effective research model for evaluating the
well-being of orphaned and vulnerable children impacted by
the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
We believe our research provides data that can support
others seeking to enhance the well-being of Africa’s children.
Our pilot evaluation project focused on assessing
the center’s impact on the psychosocial, physical
and socioeconomic well-being of its residents compared to the
other children — both orphaned and parented — living
in the village.
Former President Bill Clinton endorsed the Lundy Foundation’s
research in a letter:
“Too often in the fight against this pandemic,
well-meaning organizations have invested in individual projects
without any way to gauge their success,” he wrote. “The
Lundy Foundation’s research will give those groups empirical
evidence of what services work best for children and how they can
be administered most efficiently.”
a video of Former President Bill Clinton’s endorsement of
the Lundy Foundation’s research.