Zorba’s Orphan Fund. Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Alexandria, Virginia. The organization was founded in 2009 by Dr. Maureen Mclntosh-Alberts. She was inspired by her late husband’s, Wim Albers (aka Zorba) dedication to orphans and vulnerable children in the developing world. The organization is based on a simple vision:
Empowering minds of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and U.S. Territories for future leadership
We accomplish this by providing our youths, ages 14 to 25, with quality, secondary, vocational, and/or university education, as well as one-on-one mentoring.
Essentially, our goal is twofold: enable them to take care of themselves and live well in adulthood, and empower them to become integral contributors to the socio-economic development of their respective countries
During their extensive travels for the World Bank, Zorba and Maureen recognized how ignorance condemned people to a life of poverty and illness. A youths, they saw people in the Caribbean perishing for lack of knowledge. They also identified how they could make a difference in these individuals’ lives by providing them with education.
Zorba’s life was cut short by a car accident while on assignment for the World Bank in Tanzania, East Africa. He was doing what he loved best – empowering the minds of orphans and vulnerable children. In his memory, Zorba’s Orphans Fund has concentrated its efforts on the continent of Africa. Today, we have diversified our commitment to include orphans and vulnerable children in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States Territories.
A sound secondary, vocational, or university education is the gateway to human development and socio-economic empowerment
We believe children of all races, cultures, and socio-economic background should have this opportunity.