Africare was one of several non-governmental organizations and private sector firms honored for Leadership in Humanitarian Response for its skillful and accomplished role in responding to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia at the 9th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards in New York City.
The Clinton Global Citizen Awards embody President Bill Clinton’s call to action by honoring outstanding individuals and organizations who exemplify global citizenship through their vision and leadership.
“It was an absolute thrill and honor to accept the award on behalf of the nearly 100 Africare/Liberia staff members, all of whom are Liberian, who heroically stood their ground and helped their fellow countrymen and women overcome the devastating disease,” said Ernest Gaie, Country Director in Liberia for Africare.
When the Ebola crisis emerged in West Africa last year, Africare quickly responded. More than $2 million in private donations helped transport personal protection equipment and essential health supplies, in partnership with Direct Relief, to break the chain of transmission.
In addition, Africare/Liberia staff trained more than 300 local volunteer community health workers who, in turn, educated more than 150,000 Liberians about Ebola prevention, detection and care.
Africare was nominated by Clinton Global Initiative members and other global leaders. Honorees are chosen based on their innovative approaches, and on the demonstrated results and sustainability of their work.
Former United States President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, presided over the awards ceremony, which included musical performances by Tony Bennett, Ben Harper, Janelle Monae, and The Roots.
Africare’s core expertise in community engagement, capacity building, locally-driven behavior change and innovative public-private partnerships empowers project participants with the knowledge and tools to achieve a sustainable path to prosperity. By integrating our core expertise with our technical specialties of Agriculture and Health, Africare’s projects leverage local resources for under-served communities to solve their own development challenges, always prioritizing the cross-cutting themes of Economic Development; Nutrition; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Women’s Empowerment; and Youth Empowerment. In the United States, Africare’s public outreach promotes understanding and dialogue about African history, culture and development issues.
Africare is a registered 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Since our founding in 1970, Africare has benefited tens of millions of men, women and children through thousands of projects in 36 African countries.
About Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.