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2013 Africare News Releases and Media Coverage
Africare Partners with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for Nelson Mandela Tribute
WASHINGTON, December 12, 2013 — Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, today announced its partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) for a candlelight vigil honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The Alpha, Xi Omega, Xi Zeta Omega and Rho Mu Omega Chapters will participate in a community ceremony with Africare on Sunday, December 15, 2013 on The Yard at Howard University at 5:00 p.m.
HIV stigma: an interview with Dr. Vargas-Jackson, M.D. Howard University Hospital
www.news-medical.net, December 11, 2013 — Stigma has been defined as a social opportunistic disease that attaches to many illnesses and increases morbidity and mortality rates.
Bad credit adds to Zimbabwe's food insecurity
www.irinnews.org, December 11, 2013 — The drying-up of credit lines to the Zimbabwe government, apparent donor fatigue and a determined stand against GM foods are pushing up the price of the staple grain, maize, by nearly a third in some drought-hit areas compared to a year ago, according to humanitarian organizations and economists.
Africare Says Farewell to its Honorary Chairman: Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013)
December 5, 2013 — The Africare family extends its heartfelt condolences to the Mandela family and the people of South Africa in this time of great loss. We honor his memory by recalling the words he spoke during his opening statement while on trial for his life in 1964 for acts of sabotage against South Africa’s apartheid government...
Hope for malnourished children thanks to community activists in Angola
blogs.ec.europa.eu, November 22, 2013 — Last February a 4-months old orphan, Conceição, was admitted into the Community based Management programme of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in Caala (Huambo Province), which was affected by the 2012 drought.
NBA, WNBA, Africare and ExxonMobil Launch New Initiative to Engage and Empower Nigeria’s Youth
ABUJA, Nigeria, November 19, 2013 — The National Basketball Association (NBA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), Africare and ExxonMobil today announced the launch of “Power Forward,” a youth engagement initiative that will use basketball to develop health, leadership and life skills in Nigeria. Nigerian native and Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, fellow countryman and former NBA player Obinna Ekezie and three-time WNBA champion Swin Cash joined leading Nigerian government officials in tipping off the program today during a two-day launch event in Abuja.
Saving Lives Profile: Senegal's Mother Mentors
www.usaid.gov, October 29, 2013 – In Senegal and much of West Africa, pregnant women rarely seek out prenatal care, not because they don't want to deliver a healthy baby, but because of traditional beliefs that discourage them from disclosing a pregnancy in its early stages.
Fruit for thought in Tanzania nutrition fight
www.aljazeera.com, October 29, 2013 – Selemani Hussaini never though much about eating fruit in the past. The 46-year-old Tanzanian farmer mainly eats ugali, a thick maize-based porridge. Toss in a few cooked beans, tea or instant coffee and this completes a typical meal.
Africare Partners With TOMS for Shoe Giving in Liberia and Malawi
WASHINGTON, October 22, 2013 – Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, announced today its multi-year giving partnership with TOMS to provide primary school children in Liberia and Malawi with new shoes to help prevent illnesses and improve their quality of life.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Speaks on Lessons from Nigeria at Africare’s First-Ever International Board of Counselors Reception
WASHINGTON, October 11, 2013 – On Thursday, October 10, Africare, celebrated the establishment of its international board of counselors with its board of directors, international government officials, development professionals, private sector business representatives and Africare Life Member donors at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
How Community Gardens are Changing Lives in Tanzania
www.impatientoptimists.org, October 4, 2013 – Up in the lush Uluguru Mountains in Morogoro, Tanzania, a USAID-funded nutritional program, Mwanzo Bora (which means good start in Swahili) has been put in place to help increase local mothers' breastfeeding rates, lower the number of expectant mothers with anemia, and provide parents with the nutritional know-how to properly feed their children a well-balanced diet.
Bringing Better Nutrition to Tanzania's Farmers
www.internationalreportingproject.org, October 3, 2013 – Abdullah Yahya's farm sits above the dirt road that is unfriendly to cars after it rains. Corn stalks remain in the ground, withered by a lack of recent rains. The morning rain is a good sign. Abdullah will soon uproot the failed crop and plant with the hopes of a successful harvest.
Africare Trains 18 Midwives New Skills
www.inprofiledaily.com, September 17, 2013 – Eighteen trained traditional midwives in Bong County, central Liberia, have acquired new skills with the intent to generate income activities.
Africare to Host African Literary Event at Pace University in New York
WASHINGTON, September 12, 2013 – Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, is proud to host a panel discussion on African literary identity on Friday, September 27, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. The panel will include esteemed guests Tope Folarin, 2013 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing for the short story “Miracle”; Carole Boyce Davies, professor of English and Africana Studies, Cornell University; TMS Ruge, transnational, blogger and co-founder of Hive Colab; and Hannah Pool, author of “My Fathers’ Daughter” and Guardian contributor.
Africare Appoints Four New Members to Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, August 22, 2013 – Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, today announced that its board of directors has appointed four new members. Mamadou Beye, manager, International Affairs at Chevron; Jeffrey R. Krilla, co-chair, Africa Practice, Dentons, LLP; Bobby Pittman, managing partner, Kupanda Capital; and General William “Kip” Ward, senior advisor, SENTEL Corporation, will join Africare’s board of directors, effective today.
Africare Wins Innovative Solutions Award at the Saving Lives at Birth Conference
WASHINGTON, July 31, 2013 – Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, was recently selected as one of 22 Round 3 award transition-to-scale grant nominees at the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Conference on July 31, 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, CUBS OVC Project Event
The Africare/MSH CUBS project in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria will hold an Exchange Learning conference for its Household Economic Strengthening Component from July 22-25, 2013.
Africare Selected as Finalist at
Saving Lives at Birth Conference
WASHINGTON, July 5, 2013— Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, was recently selected to compete with its innovative project proposal that addresses maternal and child mortality at the 2013 Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Conference from July 29 until July 31 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
Delta State, Nigeria, CUBS OVC Project Event
The CUBS OVC Project in Nigeria held an Exchange Learning Visit for its Delta State Household Economic Strengthening stakeholders on June 25 & 26, 2013.
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In Angola, Changing Feeding Practices Key to Preventing Malnutrition
www.unicef.org – Community health workers in Angola address malnutrition by promoting better knowledge and better use of local food sources.
Pressing Palms into Pride: CUBS Economically Empowers Communities to Care for Vulnerable Children
AKWA IBOM STATE, NIGERIA, June 17, 2013 – Who looks after children when their parents die? In taking lives, conditions such as HIV & AIDS often reach further down the family tree and sever children from an adult’s care, unless other community members step in as caretakers.
Gender Interventions in Nigeria Empower Vulnerable Children and Female Caregivers through Education, Economic Strengthening, and Advocacy
msh.org, May 28, 2013 – Nigeria, women and girls carry the bulk of the caregiving burden for those infected with HIV and children left vulnerable or orphaned by AIDS. These responsibilities often prevent girls and women from obtaining an education and developing income-generating skills.
Africare Partners with Dreaming Out Loud for World Hunger Day
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013— Africare, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, has partnered with Dreaming Out Loud, a locally-based non-profit empowering under-served communities, to generate a greater awareness of food insecurity in the U.S. capital for World Hunger Day on Tuesday May 28, 2013.
Africare To Host The #Fast4Hunger Challenge in Recognition of World Hunger Day
WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013— Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, will host a #Fast4Hunger Challenge on World Hunger Day, Tuesday May 28, 2013, to raise awareness of the 868 million chronically hungry people world-wide, 98 percent of whom live in developing countries.
Africare Honors President Obama and Dr. Mo Ibrahim at Bishop John T. Walker Gala
AMIP News, April 26, 2013—World Leaders Celebrate Legacy of African Leadership at Africare's 2013 Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner.
Africare Gala Puts Africa In Spotlight
The Washington Informer, April 24, 2013—These words – emblazoned on the front page of Africare's 2013 annual report – embody the organization's 40-year quest to present an African reality to the world that is fact not fiction. On Saturday, April 20, more than 1,500 guests at the Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner heard from speakers as varied as President Barack Obama, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, Africare President Darius Mans, corporate leaders and diplomats who lauded Africare for the work it has done on the continent.
ExxonMobil Marks World Malaria Day with Renewed Commitment to Combatting Malaria
IRVING, Texas, April 24, 2013— On the eve of World Malaria Day, ExxonMobil announced its next round of ExxonMobil Foundation grants to organizations working hard to combat malaria. The new grants support the lifesaving malaria programs of leading global organizations, including Malaria No More, Africare, the United Nations Foundation, USAID, Jhpiego, Population Services International, UNICEF and the Medicines for Malaria Venture.
Africa: United States Disengaging From Africa - Ibrahim
allAfrica.com, April 24, 2013— Although Africa is moving forward, the United States is pulling back, says Mo Ibrahim, the billionaire entrepreneur and father of Africa's mobile phone revolution.
"We are witnessing a gradual and continuous U.S. retreat from Africa," said Ibrahim, speaking at the Washington Hilton Hotel ballroom on Saturday at an event hosted by Africare. "We don't understand that. The U.S. has been a great friend all this years, but as soon as Africa found itself starting to move up, the U.S. is really disengaging, to be frank, and as friends we must be frank with each other."
World Leaders Celebrate Legacy of African Leadership at Africare's 2013 Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner: President Barack Obama and Dr. Mo Ibrahim Recognized for Contributions to Improve Quality of Life in Sub-Saharan Africa
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2013— Africare, the oldest and largest African-American led non-profit committed to advancing development in Africa, hosted more than 1,000 global leaders in government, business and international development on Friday at its annual Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner and fundraiser at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. The gala honored President Barack Obama and Dr. Mo Ibrahim for their outstanding accomplishments and life-changing impacts in Africa.
Africare Partners with Japan to Construct Maternal Waiting Homes in Liberia
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2013—The Japanese government and Africare/Liberia signed a grant agreement on March 12, 2013, for the construction and full furnishing, including generators to supply electricity, of two maternal waiting homes (MWHs) in the Haindii and Fenutole localities of Bong County in Liberia. The grant is valued at more than $112,000.
Africare Releases 2012 Annual Report, "Defying Expectations."
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2013—Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of the people in Africa, releases its 2012 annual report, entitled, "Defying Expectations."
CARE Visits Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Site in Tanzania
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2013—CARE, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, stopped by the Towero site of Africare’s Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP) in Morogoro, Tanzania during its CARE Learning Tour, on which a group of high-level U.S. government officials, corporate partners and the media visited different projects in Africa tackling food and nutrition security. Members of the delegation learned that Mwanzo Bora, which means, “good start,” teaches families farming techniques and provides nutrition advice to support the government of Tanzania’s goal to reduce childhood stunting and maternal anemia by 20% over a five-year period.
Africare is highlighting its Clean Water Partnership with Coca-Cola and DEKA Research through an in-flight video
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2013—During the month of April, Africare is highlighting its Clean Water Partnership with Coca-Cola and DEKA Research through an in-flight video entitled “Innovator on the Move.” The video will be shown exclusively on 2,000 international American Airlines flights on the in-flight Business and Technology Report channel.
Enough Food to Feed His Family: USAID Shares the Success Story of an Africare Beneficiary in Burkina Faso
usaid.gov, March 15, 2013 – "Prior to the [USAID] program, I was only able to provide my two wives and 11 children six months' worth of food throughout the year. Now I can provide 12 months of food. And we are eating better, because we have more foods available to us." – Amadé Ouadrago
Africare Partners With African Well Fund on “A Mile in Her Shoes” Campaign for World Water Day
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2013 – Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, has partnered with the African Well Fund for a penny fundraiser in recognition of World Water Day on Friday, March 22.
Africare Hosts Sold-Out Crowd for "Girl Rising" Screening
WASHINGTON, March 13, 2013 – On Thursday March 7, 2013, Africare hosted a sold-out crowd for a D.C. screening of 10x10’s feature film Girl Rising. This groundbreaking documentary is part of a global campaign to create awareness for girls’ education around the world including Afghanistan, Haiti and Sierra Leone.
Africare to Celebrate International Women’s Day in Nigeria and in Tanzania
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2013 – Even as President Obama, signed the reauthorization of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act yesterday, March 7, Africare is raising awareness of violence against women and girls as we celebrate International Women’s Day. Of note are today’s activities in Nigeria and Tanzania.
Africare Releases Video Celebrating Female Entrepreneurs in Chad for International Women’s Day
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2013 – As the world celebrates International Women’s Day today, Friday, March 8, Africare will highlight the achievements of its female beneficiaries in Chad with the release of the Initiative for the Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs (IEEWEP) video.
Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is inducted as an Honorary member of Links, Inc.
allAfrica.com, March 3, 2013—Monrovia — At a members-only ceremony at the RLJ Kendeja Resort and Villas on Saturday evening, March 2, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was inducted as an Honorary Member of The Links, Incorporated, a non-profit organization of professional African-American women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
Africare to Host “Girl Rising” Film Screening in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, February 22, 2013—Africare is proud to host the screening of 10x10’s feature film Girl Rising about girls’ education around the world on Thursday March 7, 2013 at 8:30 p.m., at the Gallery Place Stadium 14 theatre in Washington, D.C.
Africare will honor President Barack Obama (invited) and Dr. Mo Ibrahim at its 2013 Bishop John T. Walker Dinner
WASHINGTON, February 11, 2013—Africare will honor President Barack Obama and Dr. Mo Ibrahim for their outstanding accomplishments and life-changing impacts in Africa at its annual Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala on Saturday April 20, 2013 at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C., at 6 p.m.
Refreshing Partnership: Coca-Cola Teams Up With Slingshot to Deliver Clean Water, January 2013
Diplomatic Pouch, January, 2013— Coca-Cola is taking its mission to quench the world’s thirst to a whole new level, supporting technology that could turn raw sewage into clean drinking water.
Four more years: What the aid community expects from Obama now
Devex, January 24, 2013—Barack Obama’s second term as president of the United States officially began on Sunday, although he was sworn in again the next day at a public ceremony on the steps of the Capitol.
Dear Mr. President Obama: Africa is Calling
Devex, January 11, 2013— Last June, President Barack Obama released his U.S. strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa, describing Africa as a “region of growing opportunity and promise, for Africa, for America.” Africare applauds the president’s focus on Africa, and we welcome his decision to further the proud tradition of America’s commitment to Africa.