Africare News Release


Africare President Speaks at White House Roundtable
on Orphans and Vulnerable Children

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 16, 2007 — At the White House Compassion in Action Roundtable on Friday, November 16, Africare President Julius E. Coles spoke on a panel discussing "Faith and Community Solutions for Orphans and Vulnerable Children."

The roundtable discussion was part of a monthly series hosted by the White House to highlight organizations, programs and policies addressing critical social needs in the United States and around the world. The roundtable gathered more than a dozen specialists in orphan care and adoption along with policymakers and government officials to discuss innovative responses to the needs of orphaned children around the globe.

Africare's Community-Based Orphan Care, Protection and Empowerment (COPE) Project was highlighted as an innovative international program working to meet the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. The COPE Project aims to empower children crippled by the loss of a parent or caretaker by giving them the tools they need to succeed. As those basic tools — in areas such as food, shelter, education, health care and income generation — are provided, orphaned and vulnerable children are regaining the opportunity to succeed. The COPE project, budgeted at $10 million, is funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and is reaching needy orphans and vulnerable children in Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.

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