Africare News In Brief


Mya Kicks Off Africare's Health Jam

Community Service Day

On July 18, 2010, the United Nations officially observed International Nelson Mandela Day in honor of the former South African President’s extraordinary humanitarian and service-oriented contributions.  Dr. Darius Mans, President of Africare, declared that in tribute to Africare’s Honorary Board Chairman, His Excellency Nelson Mandela, the organization would celebrate its 40th anniversary with an official day focused on community service.

From left:  Ms. Jeannie Jones, WKYS; Dr. Darius Mans, Africare President, Mya Harrison, Grammy-Award winning artist and Mr. Mark Ortega, Giant Store Manager

The Africare Health Jam, held on September 4, 2010 at the Giant Food Store in Southeast D.C., assembled a variety of health-oriented organizations, including African-American and African medical professionals, to service clients in one of the most underserved parts of Washington D.C.  The event was a tremendous success providing free medical information, services, products, African cultural lessons and entertainment from Ark Jammers, Gen3tiks, Meron Bravo and Zezeh Brazil to the community.

Africare, celebrating its 40th year of working in partnership with African countries to achieve healthy and productive societies, announced that Grammy-award winning recording artist and D.C. native Mya would serve as the organization’s first Celebrity Ambassador. Dr. Mans unveiled the partnership when addressing the crowd and then introduced the Grammy-Award winning artist. “We are excited to have Mya on board. Her previous philanthropy and fan following will allow us to continue to expand our audience, bring a new perspective and energy to our mission.”

“My previous philanthropy has been focused on specific areas such as life skills, arts and technology. Africare is about enhancing and maintaining life on a global level. They have been established for the last 40 years and have an excellent track record,” Mya said. “I am excited about this relationship because Africare’s work touches the mandatory parts of everyday life.”


Africare is a leading non-profit organization specializing in African development assistance. It is also the oldest and largest African-American led organization in that field. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered nearly $1 billion in assistance and support — over 2,500 projects and millions of beneficiaries —to 36 countries Africa-wide. Africare has its international headquarters in Washington, DC, with field offices currently in some 23 African countries.

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