Get to know OVA
John Dermezian founded the charity in 2008 following a vision in which God challenged him to reach out to vulnerable children and their communities in Maduro Village, located in South Sudan’s Ezo County. As someone who had grown up and gone to school in Maduro village, the area had a special place in his heart.
OVA’s vision was to build a village for orphans and to care for the community around the village. Security was an issue as it needed to be a safe haven, It was hard to find a suitable location. For time support was given to individual children and vulnerable families, then to community groups and schools.
The scope of the work widened, the needs were so great right across South Sudan, and then in 2011 land was obtained in Yambio that offered a suitably safe site. A community water point was constructed and plans to establish the village commenced, preparations for construction had started. Then in 2013 this was all interrupted as severe unrest spread across the country.