2007 News

Africare Media Kit

Africare Media Contact: Shom Shamapande
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2007 Africare News Releases and Media Coverage


Elsha Gives Back: How One Woman in Utah Brings Water to Africa
WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2007 — "My hopes and prayers are that someday ... everyone in the world will have the necessary fresh water they need to sustain life." Elsha Stockseth designs and sells holiday cards benefiting the cause of safe water in Africa. More >>

The Bonde Family: A World AIDS Day Story
CHIVHAKU, ZIMBABWE, December 1, 2007 — Today, World AIDS Day 2007, Africare honors Mr. and Mrs. Bonde live in Chivhaku village in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa: the region that is the world epicenter of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Every day, this family battles HIV/AIDS and its effects. More >>

Origami Cranes Flock West for Annual Tree of Hope Fundraiser on Dec. 5: Proceeds to Benefit Africare
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., November 22, 2007 — On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the 2007 Tree of Hope ceremony will take place in the San Francisco City Hall. The tree will display brilliant origami cranes bearing messages of hope. Africare is the beneficiary, and you can send a message for the 2007 tree. More >>

Got Water? Online Auction Raises Money for Water Projects in Africa
SCHENECTADY, N.Y., November 21, 2007 — On November 12, online shoppers began bidding for celebrity-autographed items placed on the popular auction Web site, eBay, by the African Well Fund: part of its annual "Got Water?" campaign to raise money for water in Africa. More >>

Africare President Speaks at White House Roundtable on Orphans and Vulnerable Children
WASHINGTON, DC, November 16, 2007 — At today's White House Compassion in Action Roundtable, Africare President Julius E. Coles spoke on a panel discussing "Faith and Community Solutions for Orphans and Vulnerable Children." More >>

Africare President Inducted Into National Academy of Public Administration
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 15, 2007 — Africare President Julius E. Coles was inducted as a Fellow into The National Academy of Public Administration today at the Academy's 2007 fall meeting in Washington, D.C. More >>

Africare, Links' Reston Chapter Partner to Bring Water Project to Zimbabwe
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 2, 2007— The ambasador and staff of the Embassy of Zimbabwe will be honored guests at a special reception to launch a Treadle Pump Water Irrigation Pilot Project in Zimbabwe co-sponsored by Africare and the Reston Chapter of The Links, Inc. More >>

Baroness Amos Visits Africare House
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 1, 2007 — At Africare House in Washington, D.C., Africare received the Rt. Hon. the Baroness Amos and members of the British Embassy following a conference on the Empowerment of Women in Africa. More >>

Dedicated to Care: Empowering Male Caregivers in Zimbabwe
MUTASA DISTRICT, ZIMBABWE, October 29, 2007 — Justin Rangai, 66, from Zimbabwe's eastern Mutasa district, used to stand by helplessly ... More >>

Africare Celebrates 20 years In Washington, D.C.'s Howard/Shaw Community
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 27, 2007 — Rays of sunshine broke through a three-day rainy spell on Saturday morning, October 27, just in time to celebrate the Africare House 20th Anniversary Block Party. More >>

APPRECIATION: Africare Co-Founder Oumarou G. Youssoufou
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 25, 2007— Ambassador Oumarou G. Youssoufou, one of the founders of Africare and a member of Africare's Board since 1971, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2007, in Cote d'Ivoire. He was a former OAU (now, African Union) Ambassador to the U.N., former Ambassador of Niger to the U.S. and to other countries, among many diplomatic positions. Click here to view the memorial service program. Read tributes to Ambassador Youssoufou by C. Payne Lucas (Africare co-founder and former president), Joseph C. Kennedy, Ph.D. (Africare co-founder and former senior vice president) and Julius E. Coles (Africare president).

A Night to Remember: 2007 Africare Bishop Walker Dinner Honors Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Raises $1.2 Million for Africare
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 19, 2007 — On Thursday evening, October 18, at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C., the 2007 Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner welcomed over 2,000 leaders and distinguished guests from around the world to celebrate the empowerment of women in Africa and to honor Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf... More >>

A Unique Way to Alleviate Global Hunger
NORWICH, VT, October 14, 2007— Vermont community raises over $8,000 through “Giving Bowls” project. More >>

Africare House Turns 20
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 8, 2007— On the evening of October 8, 1987 — 20 years ago — more than 500 supporters gathered for the formal opening of “Africare House.” There to cut the ribbon ... More >>

Fat Barrel Wine Company Exports Goodwill
PORTLAND, OREGON, October 3, 2007— Portland-based entrepreneur Bob Lynde hopes to export goodwill with every bottle of Bob’s AFRICAN Wines he imports, donating 10 percent of import sales revenue ... More >>

"Women's Empowerment Africa-Wide": Jen Matapi of Namibia
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 25, 2007 — Jen Matapi lives in Bukalo, in the Caprivi region of Namibia. Since 2004, when her husband passed away from AIDS, Jen has struggled to care for her two children and two grandchildren. Physically disabled, and living with HIV herself ... More >>

New Water Partnership “Breaks Ground” in Northern Uganda
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 13, 2007— Africare partners with Invisible Children, African Well Fund to bring clean water to northern Ugandan schools ... and students around the world can help! More >>

LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and the Road to Reconstructing a Nation
WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 10, 2007 — Internationally revered as Africa’s “Iron Lady,” President Johnson Sirleaf also is a leading promoter of peace, justice and democracy. More >>

"Women's Empowerment Africa-Wide": Edwina's Story
NTUNGAMO DISTRICT, UGANDA, Aug. 30, 2007 — Today, Edwina Atusingwire is a first-year student at Uganda's Makerere University, where she is studying environmental health. With Africare' support, she's come a long way since 2004, when her family had sold almost all they had ... but still couldn't pay her secondary school fees. More >>

Welcome, Madam President!
WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 10, 2007 — Preparations are underway to honor
Africa’s first elected female head of state, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the at 2007 Africare Dinner: Thursday evening, October 18, in Washington, DC. More >>

Columbia University "Students of the World" Finish Documenting Africare Work in Tanzania
WASHINGTON, DC, July 23, 2007 -- During the month of June, six American students from Columbia University studied and documented two Africare projects in the Dodoma and Kilimanjaro regions of Tanzania, as part of an organization called Students of the World. More >>

Africare President Speaks on Development and Sustainability at 2007 “Campus of Excellence” in Spain
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 18, 2007 -- From July 8 to July 13, the third Campus of Excellence -- a ground-breaking initiative -- united postgraduates from universities and business schools around the globe with international leaders in a discussion of ideas and proposals to address the current political, economic, social, environmental and scientific challenges facing Africa. Africare President Julius E. Coles joined this year’s conference, entitled “Africa – Giving Future to the Present,” as a featured speaker and expert on the issue of Development and Sustainability. More >>

American Express® Members Project: Vote for Africare's "Water in Africa - Need for Wells & Clean Water" by Sunday, July 15!
WASHINGTON, DC, July 3, 2007 — Africare’s initiative to bring clean water to Africa is now one of the Top 50 project ideas being promoted through the American Express® Members Project. The winning project will receive up to $5 million. Vote for Africare's "Water in Africa - Need for Wells & Clean Water" project by Sunday, July 15. More >>

Africare’s Kevin G. Lowther Retires
WASHINGTON, DC, June 29, 2007 — Longtime Southern Africa Regional Director for Africare and one of Africare's original "architects" in the early 1970s, Kevin G. Lowther retired from the Africare staff. More >>

Former Senator Bill Frist, M.D., Joins Africare Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2007 — Former Senator William H. Frist, Sr., M.D., was elected to the Africare Board of Directors, effective June 11, 2007, announced Board Chairman W. Frank Fountain today. "Africare welcomes Senator Frist with great anticipation and in full confidence of his intentions to work for sustainable development in Africa ..." More >>

LIVE From Tanzania:"Video, JPGs and Blogs … oh my!"
WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2007 — Follow U.S. students ... online! ... as they travel Tanzania to visit Africare projects. View pictures, read stories and ask questions directly through the students’ online blog. Click here to log-on (http://cusow.wordpress.com/). More >>

“Talking Books” Help Improve Health Care in Rural South Africa
WASHINGTON, DC, June 7, 2007 — Click here to learn more in this special report by Voice of America’s William Eagle.

Claudette Bailey, Africare Chief of Party in Liberia, Wins Global Midwife Award from American College of Nurse-Midwives
WASHINGTON, DC, May 26, 2007 -- The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) recognized Claudette Bailey, currently Africare's Chief of Party in Liberia, for her history of international service and leadership in reproductive health bypresenting Bailey with the Global Midwife Award at its 52nd Annual Meeting. More >>

THE NEW YORK TIMES: "Solar Flashlight Lets Africa’s Sun Deliver the Luxury of Light to the Poorest Villages"
NEW YORK, NY , May 20, 2007 — In a special report,"Solar Flashlight Lets Africa’s Sun Deliver the Luxury of Light to the Poorest Villages," New York Times reporters Will Connors and Ralph Bluementhal discuss the impact of solar-powered flashlights in rural Africa, including what Africare is doing to help. More >>

Join The Members Project of American Express®! Vote for Africare's Helping Africa's Children Orphaned by AIDS
WASHINGTON, DC, May 15, 2007 — Africare invites American Express® Cardmembers to help the youngest victims of the African AIDS epidemic — the AIDS orphans — by putting them at the top of the list for the Members Project's $5 million grant. Africare's entry is called Helping Africa's Children Orphaned by AIDS; project #00060; category, Community Development. The first round of voting ended on Sunday, June 17. More >>

African Well Fund “Building Hope, One Well at a Time” With Africare
WASHINGTON, DC, May 10, 2007 — When the founders of the African Well Fund, inspired by the rock musician and activist, Bono (whose birthday is May 10), began their search for a charity to carry out their vision to bring clean water to Africa, they looked no farther than Africare. “It was a perfect match,” noted African Well Fund founder Julie Cook. More >>

Howard University AKA Chapter 2007 "Stop Hunger Fast" to Benefit Africare: Most Successful Ever
WASHINGTON, DC, May 7, 2007 — In October 2005, the AKA ladies successfully raised $16,000. Their goal in 2006 was to double that number: admittedly a large goal, but not impossible, according to Thomas. On May 7, 2007, Thomas proved her mission was far from impossible, standing with four sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., to present to Africare President Julius E. Coles a check for the largest amount of money the chapter had raised to date: just over $42,000. More >>

Africare President “Talks Africa” With Green Farms Academy Students
GREEN FARMS, CT , May 3, 2007 — Africare President Julius E. Coles visited the Green Farms Academy on Thursday, May 3, as the 11th James M. Coyle Endowed Visiting Scholar. Coles focused on Africa in the New Millennium — and more specifically, how young people can get involved in tackling some of the world’s toughest challenges, such as those faced by Africans every day. More >>

"A Dying Breed: 44 Years in International Development"
WASHINGTON, DC — In the April 2007 issue of InterAction's Monday Developments, Africare’s Kevin Lowther chronicles his life’s work as a pioneer in the field of international development. More >>

DREAMING BIG: Pennsylvania Girl, 11, Organized April 28 Walkathon to Help African Children
POTTSTOWN, PA, April 28, 2007 — Eleven-year-old Ceire McMullen hosted her first fundraiser for Africa: a walkathon to raise money to help children in Africa, through Africare. And she pulled together her home town of Doughlassville, Pennsylvania, to do it — raising several hundred dollars to benefit this vital cause. More >>

Africare Partners With Mars to Assist Children in Cocoa-Producing Communities
WASHINGTON, DC, April 25, 2007 — Mars, Incorporated, announced that it will partner with Africare to implement a three-year project aimed at improving the quality of life for communities in Ghana. The program will place a special emphasis on services to children in cocoa-producing communities. More >>

Washington State University Students Donate Over $4,000 — through the African Well Fund — to Africare
PULLMAN, WA, April 23, 2007 — Students at Washington State University's Scott-Coman residence hall spent the final weeks of their spring 2007 semester educating the campus about the scarcity of clean water in Africa. More >>

Solar Light at Night
WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2007 – It’s six o’clock on a warm spring evening in the coastal province of Kuanza Sul, Angola. The sun has just begun to settle over the South Atlantic. For the local communities, the loss of light so early in the evening has an overwhelming effect on productivity. ... With partial funding from the ExxonMobil Foundation, Africare and SunNight Solar are launching a project to deliver the solar-powered flashlights directly to individuals and families throughout the Kibala district of Kuanza Sul. More >>

Getting WISE About HIV/AIDS
WASHINGTON, DC, April 2007 — Kelechi, age 17, successfully funded her way through the equivalent of grade 12 in the United States as a vendor — selling, not food or clothing, but her own body. Despite its illegality, transactional sex is prevalent among many young women in Nigeria. Africare reaches out to at-risk women through sex education and economic empowerment initiative. More >>

Youths Join to "Kick AIDS" Out of Burkina Faso
BURKINA FASO , April 5, 2007—Africare joined with Burkina Faso’s North Region Department of Sports to hold a regional "Kick AIDS" soccer championship in late March. The event was part of a pilot program headed by Africare to increase knowledge of HIV/AIDS and to promote prevention strategies through athletic activities, combining sports and health-based education to kick AIDS out of Burkina Faso. Click here to read the English-language news release, also published in two Burkinâbe publications, Sidwaya and L' Observateur Paalga.

Charity Navigator Rates Africare "4-Star Charity": Top Evaluation
WASHINGTON, DC, April 3, 2007 — Charity Navigator, a leading evaluator of U.S-based philanthropic organizations, gave Africare its top rating — 4-stars – on Sunday, April 1. The on-line charity watchdog monitors and evaluates the fiscal performance of more than 5,000 organizations each year. More >>

Fighting a Disease With a Cure — Africare Reflects on World Tuberculosis Day: March 24, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, March 24, 2007 — Each year, about 15,000 Americans are infected with tuberculosis (TB). ... But 15,000 U.S. infections do not compare to the almost 2 million deaths TB causes annually around the world — most concentrated in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa — despite a cost-effective cure that was developed more than 50 years ago. More >>

Africare Commemorates World Water Day: March 22, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC, March 22, 2007—“The United Nations declares that access to clean water is not only a basic need, it’s a fundamental right for all human beings,” reminds Africare President Julius E. Coles. “Our work at Africare aims to restore this right — this chance to live a healthy and productive life.” More >>

California School Raises $2,000 to Build Well in Africa
ROSE HILLS, CA, March 9, 2007 — On March 9, a jam-packed auditorium of students, teachers and staff at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Rose Hills, California, celebrated the results of a year-long "service learning" project ...
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2007 Africare Bishop Walker Dinner — Thursday, Oct. 18 — to Honor Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 8, 2007 – Africare announced today that its 2007 Africare Bishop Walker Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 18, in Washington, D.C., and will honor Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. More >>

UPDATE 2007: 2005 Niger Drought Emergency Aid Got Lasting Results
WASHINGTON, DC, March 2007 — During its 18 months of operation, the Filingué Emergency Relief Project reached more than 15,000 people affected by the 2005 Niger drought — thanks to both USAID and the private individuals and groups who cared about the people of Niger and gave wisely, through Africare's Niger Emergency Food Relief Fund, to a project that has had lasting impact. More >>

Africare President Receives Princeton University’s Madison Medal
PRINCETON, NJ, February 24, 2007—Julius E. Coles, president of the oldest and largest African American led charity assisting Africa (Africare), became the 34th recipient (and second African American) to be awarded Princeton University's Madison Medal — named in honor of the fourth president of the United States, James Madison, who also was the first Princeton graduate student. More >>

Rising Flood Waters Threaten Thousands in East and Southern Africa
EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA, February 23, 2007 — Heavy rains and massive flooding continue destroying farm fields and homes of thousands of people in four Southern African countries (Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia) and two East African countries (Burundi and Tanzania). The rains began early January 2007 ... More >>

Africare Assists Darfurian, CAR Refugees in Chad
CHAD, February 23, 2007 -- Africare is delivering emergency humanitarian aid to Sudanese and CAR refugees, the majority of whom have taken shelter in 12 refugee camps in Chad. Africare manages two of those camps: the Gaga Camp, with more than 20,000 refugees from Darfur; and the Gore Camp, with some 1,400 refugees from the Central African Republic. More >>

Reception Celebrates Appointment of Congressman Donald Payne to Chairmanship, House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
WASHINGTON, DC, February 8, 2007 — Representatives of area nonprofit organizations and supporters of development work in Africa gathered at Africare House on Thursday evening, February 8, for a reception celebrating Congressman Donald M. Payne's (D-N.J.) appointment to the Chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. More >>

Africare/Angola Celebrates First Graduating Class of Girls’ Vocational Program
LUANDA, ANGOLA, February 1, 2007— February first has a special meaning this year for 60 girls in the Viana Municipality of Luanda. They are the first of 180 students to graduate from a vocational training program that was developed in 2006 ... More >>


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