Africare News Release
Africare Donors Tour Health Projects in Africa
Washington, DC, April 21, 2008— Africare donors recently returned from a tour of East and South Africa. This 16 day trip focused on Africare’s Health and HIV/AIDS programs in Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa.
Accompanied by Africare’s President Julius Coles, the donors visited Africare’s COPE projects in Tanzania and Uganda and Africare’s InjongoYethu Project in South Africa. The goal of these projects is to reduce the social-economic impact of HIV/AIDS on orphans and vulnerable children ensuring they, as well as their caregivers, receive approved quality services. The donors also had the opportunity to visit borehole projects funded by the African Well Fund as well as food security and income generating projects.
The group of donors met with Africare country representatives and field staff as well as top government and community leaders where they learned more about the importance of community involvement in projects, one of Africare’s principal approaches in the field.
“We felt it was necessary to show both past and potential donors exactly where their money was going,” Coles remarked. “It was great for them to actually see first-hand what we are doing on the ground.”
A group of school children wave playfully in Dodoma,Tanzania.
Photo by Shannon Jensen.
Africare has over 10 projects in these three countries all aimed at reaching out to the rural community. Significantly, for every dollar donated to Africare, 91 cents goes straight into program services with only 9 cents going to administration.
Eddie Burke, public affairs officer with the British Embassy who went on the trip had glowing remarks about the experience and its significance to development. (Click here to read Eddie's Travelogue)
“I was amazed at how much of an impact Africare has on communities in Africa and it brought home the vital importance of partnerships between donors, NGOs and recipient countries if we are to meet the vital [Millennium Development Goals] by 2015.”
Nancy Devine Kyger, Africare ’s Vice President of Development and Marketing commented “Africare has a slogan that says ‘Africare’s work begins where the road ends.’ On this trip, seeing Africare’s projects in the most rural and dire situations, I got to see first hand just how critical Africare’s programs are for those people in need.”
Other participants on the trip were Dr. Bruce McClennan professor of radiology at Yale University; Tom Tobin, Senior Vice President of Development at Global Impact; Craig Schiavoni, Connecticut real estate developer and Dr. Melvin and Elinda Gerald, family physician and registered nurse.
By the end of the two weeks it was clear that this trip had left a lasting impression on all who went on it. “I still haven’t recovered from the emotional impact of the trip,” McClennan said on arrival back to the USA. “It changed my life.”
Africare is a leading non-profit organization specializing in African aid. It is also the oldest and largest African-American led organization in that field. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $710 million 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.