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Mama Kits for Liberian Mothers

Mama Kits are helping change the nature of healthcare in Liberia, and reducing maternal mortality rates. Learn more>>

 

Africare “Brightens” Women’s Lives

Madam Fatmata Vanah, 35-year-old mother of two young children, wanted to send her children to school but didn’t have the money. Then she joined a Women-in-Action Group with Africare. Learn more>>

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FEATURE STORY: Africare COPE clubs have raised my esteem and made me realize I am a speical person

By the age of 14, Agnes Atukwatse had already thought of disappearing from home and going to work as a house girl or barmaid, whichever would come first. She was absent from school due to the lack of school fees, and she could not stand the pressure from her peers and old men in her village demanding sex in exchange for petty things such as knickers, hankies. She thought there was no one to talk to about the challenges she was going through because her parents were poor and could not help her with her problems. She felt inferior and pessimistic.

A friend one day took her to an Africare COPE club in their village of Mutojo in Uganda, which changed her life. She has emerged as the best performing member of the club and now teaches peers about HIV/AIDS risk factors, peer pressure, drug and substance abuse, and psycho-social support. She makes handcrafts that she sells to supplement her parents' income and she is back in school.

“I almost made a decision that would have put an end to my life, seeking to be a barmaid. COPE clubs have raised my esteem and made me realize I am a special person. My talents, ideas and my dreams all make me special.”

 

Africare-Zambia helps women to emancipate themselves through a Safer Zambia Program!

Africare-Zambia has improved many lives, especially women in Central Province through A Safer Zambia (ASAZA) Program. Learn More>>

 

An Independent Wife and a Happy Husband

Ever since her wedding in 1989, Rakieta Sawadogo has been an aviculturist – she raises poultry. But traditional beliefs limited the quantity of hens women could raise. All that changed in 2007. Read more>>

 

The Godmother

Adama is a godmother to many mothers in Tambacounda, Senegal. As part of a new Health Start Project, Adama is being trained and paried with women in her local village to assist with the pregnancy and to improve maternal and child health . Read more >>


Africare allowed me to regain confidence in myself and enouraged me to live positively despite my HIV positive status

Maimouna Sawadogo is married and now a small business woman in Burkina Faso. She discovered her HIV positive status when her husband became sick two years ago, but continues to reach for new dreams each day. Read more >>


Losing a mother is not the end of one's life

Rwanda's first National Conference on Women in Local Government, cosponsored by Africare and the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM), took place in late October 2001. Read more >>

 

The Political Voices of Grassroots Women

Rwanda's first National Conference on Women in Local Government, cosponsored by Africare and the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM), took place in late October 2001. Read more >>

 

The Dynamic Farmers of Boboye

Indi Zibo lives in the village of Kokitamu, in the Boboye district of Niger. As of the year 2000, her family, like most in Niger, was very poor. Read more >>

 

Women-Controlled Income Generation

Africare has carried out highly successful programs in edible oil production, beginning in about 1988 and reaching hundreds of villages in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. In particular, women have benefited. Read more >>

 

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