Brief History

Deborah McCracken was born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area. After completing her Master’s degree in 2005, she volunteered for three months at the Iwambi Orphanage in Tanzania. Deborah realized her mission was “to help the most vulnerable individuals and communities become empowered and alleviating poverty through community-specific and community led programming”. Her love of God, youthful enthusiasm and fresh ideas to aid the plight of the most vulnerable, helped her to become the head of an orphanage in the Mbeya area of Tanzania. Deborah renamed the orphanage, The Olive Branch for Children (“OBFC”) and the name was registered in Canada in 2006. In May 2006, the Zion Home was started by Deborah for 6 AIDS orphans and children living with HIV – one of them was Mlombwa. Several months later, Mlombwa’s sister, Laudia, came to live at the Zion Home. Deborah was invited to Peace Lutheran Church (“PLC”) as a guest speaker in 2006 and spoke to us about the rewards and challenges they face. PLC then made a commitment to sponsor Mlombwa and Laudia.