Letter from the President: March 31, 2017

Africare President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

Africare President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

A little more than three months ago, Donald J. Trump, was sworn-in as the 45th president of the United States.  His status as a political outsider was certainly refreshing to many people who just wanted someone to go to Washington and make things work and help to make life better.  President Trump has brought an interesting and unconventional style of governing to the country.  His campaign theme, “Make America Great Again”, which resonated with many on the campaign trail, is now, with his first budget outline submitted to Congress, about to be translated into policy practice.

However, many are concerned that a more nationalist agenda will mean a retreat from America’s traditional leadership role abroad in development and humanitarian assistance for Africa and other less developed regions of the world.  The Administration’s budget proposals would slash the international affairs budget by up to 31 percent or about $17 billion.  A cut of this magnitude, if approved, is likely to have a devastating effect on Africa.  With just over half of Africare’s revenue coming from the U.S. government, a funding cut like this would significantly impact our programs and the many individuals and communities that benefit from our work in Africa.  So, we, like many other NGOs, are concerned deeply about how the Administration’s budget proposal will affect overall development assistance, and we have joined with others to voice those concerns.

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Africare, Robert L. Mallett, and Evelyn B. Simmons Featured Online This Month

Not only was Africare recently featured in Black Coffy, an urban affairs & news blog, but two interviews of Africare executives have also been published online this month:

Africare President Robert L. Mallett discussed his distinguished career, the people who have inspired him, and his guilty pleasures in this interview by the Dubrof Group consulting firm, and Africare’s Chief of External Relations & Partnerships, Evelyn B. Simmons discussed public-private partnerships and the path that led her to Africare in this Q&A with Inside NGO.

Black Coffee article on Africare: http://blackcoffy.com/2017/03/09/arfricare/
Robert L. Mallett interview: http://dubrof.com/portfolio_page/robert-mallett-201703/
Evelyn B. Simmons interview: https://www.insidengo.org/blog/member-profile-evelyn-boyd-simmons-africare

Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

Robert L. Mallett, President

Evelyn B. Simmons, Chief of External Relations & Partnerships

 

 

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Africare’s Power Forward project highlighted in Nigeria’s “Daily Trust” newspaper

Copied from the Daily Trust website, view at the original source here  

Group to sensitize IDPs, students on lifesaving skills

Group to sensitize IDPs, students on lifesaving skills

Internally displaced persons (IDPs), students and vulnerable communities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), are part of the 10,000 people targeted to benefit from Africare Nigeria’s  Power Forward project on public health and life saving skills this year.

Country director, Africare Nigeria, Dr Orode  O. Doherty made this known yesterday in Abuja during a stakeholders meeting to launch its 2017 strategy.

She said the non-governmental organisation will be carrying out the Power Forward project in partnership with Exxon Mobil and National Basketball Association (NBA) .

“The strategy is to reach more indirect beneficiaries with public health and life saving skills learning, supplies distribution and behavior change interventions.

“This will be achieved by expanding programming into IDP camps, providing hand washing stations in 20 schools, planting of trees project amongst others,” she said.

Also speaking, Mrs Victoria Uno George, deputy director, Secondary Education Board, Abuja, said the 2017 strategy will give opportunity to more children.

“Africare’s 2017 strategy is wonderful because the schools are actively involved, and now, more children who don’t have opportunities will be reached.”

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