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A HOLIDAY STORY: How One Woman in Utah Brings Safe Water to Africa

“My hopes and prayers are that someday … everyone in the world will have the necessary fresh water they need to sustain life.” Elsha Stockseth creates holiday cards benefiting the cause of safe water in Africa.

Africare Commemorates World AIDS Day
On December 1, World AIDS Day 2007, Africare honored Mr. and Mrs. Bonde, who live in Chivhaku village in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa: the region that is the world epicenter of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Every day, this family battles HIV/AIDS and its effects.
Origami Cranes “Flock” to San Francisco, Display Peace Messages on Tree of Hope
On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the 2007 Tree of Hope ceremony will take place in the San Francisco City Hall. The tree will display brilliant origami cranes bearing messages of hope. Africare is the beneficiary, and you can send a message for the 2007 tree.
A Night to Remember: Africare Dinner Honors Liberian President; U.S. First Lady, FAO Director-General Deliver Tributes
On Thursday evening, October 18, the 2007 Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner welcomed over 2,000 leaders and distinguished guests to celebrate “the empowerment of women in Africa” and to honor Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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Vocational Training in Angola:
“It’s a big transformation for these girls.”

February 1st had a special meaning this year for 60 girls in the Viana Municipality of Luanda. They are the first of 180 students to graduate from a vocational training program that Africare helped develop in 2006 to address the educational needs of young girls victimized by Angola’s 30-year civil war — one of the longest civil conflicts on the African continent. The overall aim of the project is to enhance the self-esteem and self-reliance of young women in Angola.

“It’s a big transformation for these girls,” said Dr. Peter Wirsiy, Africare’s health program coordinator for Angola. “They are really studying, getting some activity and getting a value for their life.”

Classes for the next 60 girls began in March 2007. The Viana Vocational Girls Program was launched in November 2006 as a partnership between Africare, ExxonMobil and the Angolan NGO Associaco Samuel Brace Coles.