2009 News

Africare Media Kit

Africare Media Contact: Shom Shamapande 202-328 5322, sshamapande@africare.org





2009 Africare News Releases and Media Coverage


The “Sparkling Benefits” of Text2Pledge
Washington DC, December 18, 2009-- For the first time, Africare challenged all guests at the 2009 Bishop Walker Dinner to “Text a Pledge” (donation) to Africare using their mobile phones.  All donations made over $250 were entered into a contest to win a diamond necklace courtesy of DeBeers. Learn More about the contest and lucky winner.
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Africare Senior Vice President Receives Presidential Award in Congo
Kinshasa, DRC, December 2, 2009 -- Jeannine B. Scott, Africare Senior Vice President, was awarded the Palme d'Excellence by President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The award, given to a woman who exemplifies long time excellence in economic development and entrepreneurship, was presented to Ms. Scott at the closing gala of the 3rd International Congress of Black Women. Learn More>>

Honoring a Legend
Washington, DC, November 5, 2009-- More than 1,500 international, government and corporate leaders gathered this week to honor six-time Grammy Award winner John Legend, but not for his accomplishments onstage. The singer-songwriter took the microphone at the Africare gala at the Washington Hilton for a different reason Tuesday night. Now he is using his soulful voice to inspire and motivate. Read more from the Washington Times>>

Africare President Receives Environmental Award
Greenbelt, MD, October 30, 2009-- In recognition of his commitment to finding sustainable solutions to environmental challenges on the African continent, Africare President Julius E. Coles was recently awarded with a Humanitarian Award from Africa Environmental Watch (AEW). Learn More>>

Africare Board Names Darius Mans as New President
Washington, DC, October 2009-- Africare has chosen Darius Mans, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), as its new President.  Mr. Mans will officially start on January 4, 2010, when current president, Julius E. Coles leaves after more than seven years of service.  Mans will be the fourth president in Africare's 39-year history. Learn more >>

A Lifetime Achievement
Washington, DC, October 9, 2009-- Julius E. Coles, President of Africare, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Princeton in Africa 2009 Annual benefit in New York City. Mr. Coles, a 1966 graduate of the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, was honored for his professional life’s dedication to development assistance in Africa. Learn more>>

Africare launches new iPhone application
Washington, DC, October 7, 2009
-- Africare's new Pass It On! campaign has launched a new iPhone application to connect YOU to inspirational stories on the African continent. Download the app now or learn more details here.

Africare joins Public Forum on Margins of U.N. General Assembly
New York, NY-- On Tuesday September 22nd, Africare President, Julius Coles, joined a public dialogue on “Country-Led Development: Proven Partnerships in Fighting Global Poverty” during the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York. The symposium featured a high-level discussion among world leaders on the importance of country-led development and country ownership as keys to meaningful and impactful poverty reduction and development assistance. Learn More>> 

Africare Among First NGOs to Develop iPhone App
Washington, DC, September 1, 2009­ Africare has launched an exciting new marketing campaign – Pass It On! – that combines traditional Washington, DC, king size bus posters and back-lit Metro dioramas with “viral” social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and the internet, along with one of the very first iPhone applications approved for non-profits.Learn More>>

Africare President Visits USADF Projects
Washington, DC August 25, 2009— Africare President Julius Coles recently joined U. S. African Development Foundation (USADF) President Lloyd Pierson and other members of the Foundation Board for visits to USADF projects in Senegal, Kenya, and Tanzania. Learn More>>

Welcome CFC!
Washington, DC August 11, 2009-- Africare hosted about 50 loaned executives in anticipation of the October launch of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), a program allowing certain charitable organizations to solicit contributions from employees of the Federal Government of the United States. Learn More>>

Africare President Honored with Prix Re-Source/Sununet
Dakar, Senegal July 30, 2009—In recognition of his “work and philanthropic engagement in the service of African communities,” Africare President Julius E. Coles was recently awarded the Prix Re-Source/Sununet by the Senagalese Diaspora Organization-Sununet (Organisation de la diaspora sénégalaise). Learn More>>

Africare Participates in 26th International Workshop on Global Security
Istanbul, Turkey,  June 28, 2009 -- Julius E. Coles, President of Africare, was invited to represent Africare as one of only two NGOs selected to participate in the 26th International Workshop on Global Security held in Istanbul, Turkey, June 25-28, 2009. Learn more>>

Africare President Participates in Economic Development Panel on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC, June 18, 2009­ Africare President Julius E. Coles was invited to be a discussant on a panel that came together at the U.S. Capitol to discuss the recently launched report co-authored by the Organization for Economic Development (OECD) and the Development Center of the African Development Bank. Learn more>>

Africare President Addresses Growing Needs in Africa on National Public Radio

Washington, DC, June 17, 2009-- President Julius Coles sits down with award winning journalist and radio host Michel Martin, to discuss some of the greatest challenges facing the African continent. Listen now>>

Julius E. Coles to Retire from Africare
Washington, DC June 1, 2009— True to his promise to himself and his family, Julius E. Coles has announced his retirement as President of Africare effective December 31, 2009. Taking the reins in 2002, Coles is only the third president of the oldest African-American led organization working exclusively on development assistance to Africa. He is fond of saying that “the best time to leave an organization is at the pinnacle of its success, and I believe that is where Africare is today.” Learn more>>

Africare to appear on Nightline and World News Tonight
On May 21, 2009, World News Tonight and Nightline on ABC Television will broadcast two special features highlighting Africare’s work in improving the health and well being of "street kids" living on the capital city streets of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Air Times:

- World News Tonight with Charles Gibson - 6:30 pm EST, Thursday, May 21
- Nightline -11:35 pm EST, Thursday, May 21

Since 2005, Africare has reached over 10,000 children and vulnerable families with health, education and professional training assistance.  Learn More about the program now>>

American Idol visits Africare project in Angola
Luanda, Angola, May 12, 2009-- Africare-Angola hosted American Idol winner Carrie Underwood for a special taping of “Idol Gives Back,” a program which aims to raise money and awareness for children and families living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad. The taping, which focused on initiatives to combat Malaria in Angola, debuted on the popular U.S. television show American Idol on May 12, 2009. Africare supports malaria prevention and control programs in ten countries across the African continent.  Learn more >>

Africare VP Among Top CFOs in Washington
Washington, DC April 26, 2009— Jack Campbell, Africare Vice President, Finance and Management, was among 11 SmartCFO honorees selected this year by the Washington SmartCEO organization. Read more>>

Africare to Partner at First Ladies Summit
California, April 20, 2009 Africare is an organizing partner for the first-ever African First Ladies Summit to be held in California, April 20-21, focusing on health and education related issues for women and girls throughout Africa. Confirmed attendees include First Ladies of 20 African countries; the wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown; Maria Shriver and Jada Pinkett Smith. Learn more >>

Less water, fewer plants, more rice - the SRI revolution
Africare is using new technologies for rice production to increase food security for communities in Timbuktu. Read more about the new innovations here>>

Running for Clean Water on World Water Day
Silver Spring, MD, March 26, 2009 In observance of World Water Day, on March 26 Africare is co-sponsoring the Washington DC screening of a riveting documentary, “Running the Sahara,” which chronicles the 111 day trek of three runners across the Sahara Desert. Join us>>

Africare Celebrates Black History Month at Mahogany Restaurant and Lounge in D.C.
Washington, DC, February 9, 2009 In honor of Black History Month, Africare will host a Happy Hour Fête at the Mahogany Restaurant and Lounge in the Historic U Street District on February 25, 2009 from 6-9pm. Learn More>>

Aficare Celebrates Black History Month 2009
Washington, DC, January
This year during Black History Month, Africare reflects on the contributions of past and present generations who have had the vision and foresight to found and make flourish the largest and oldest African-American led organization working exclusively in Africa. Learn More>>

Africare President Moderates Morehouse Panel on the Role of African American Men Beyond “the Dream”Washington, DC, January 19, 2009  Approximately 100 Morehouse College alumni and student leaders gathered in Washington on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 80th birthday and the day before the inauguration of America’s first African-American president, Barack Obama, to discuss the impact and role of African-American men as agents of change during the Obama Administration and beyond. Read more>>

Julius Coles Invited to Discuss the New Terms of Engagement with Africa for the Obama Administration

Washington, DC, January 19, 2009  A panel of experts including African leaders, American experts familiar with the Obama Administration’s likely expectations of Africa, and leaders from the African Diaspora met before an audience of over 200 African diplomats and African specialists at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to explore a mutually beneficial relationship between Africa and the U.S. in the years ahead. Read More >>



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(Updated, December 2009)