Africare in the Community

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“For those that give, for those that send through every form of encouragement, please do, it counts. A lot, and a long-way!” -Edwinah

“For those that give, for those that send through every form of encouragement, please do, it counts. A lot, and a long-way!” -Edwinah

Imagine being a child and knowing your family’s best hope for a better life rests on your small shoulders. Imagine seeing your family sacrifice everything just so you can get a good education — and having no more to give when that dream is left unfulfilled.   Edwinah didn’t have to imagine this — she lived it. 

Over ten years ago, through eyes still yellowed from the lingering effects of malaria, Edwinah saw her family sell nearly everything they owned to pay for her secondary school education.  But it still wasn’t enough.  Just when it seemed that all hope was lost, Edwinah’s plight came to Africare’s attention.  Thanks to the educational support we provided, she graduated from Rwentobo High School and went on to complete her advanced level education at Maryhill High School in Mbarara District, Uganda.   

This year, Edwinah was moved to contact Africare to tell us how that help changed her life.  From high school, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in environmental health from Makerere University. A Master’s degree in public health from the University of Nottingham followed — both degrees paid for through additional scholarships and grants she earned along the way.  

Today, Edwinah works as a Research Associate at Makerere University.  She gives others in her village the kind of help Africare gave her when it mattered most.  She’s helping her siblings with their education — and doing the same for orphans and young girls in her district.  She is mobilizing supporters to help provide scholarships for young people in need.

Her family is doing “much better than before,” she reports.  Edwinah is happy, fulfilled and thankful for the support she received from Africare.  She says she “will remember every bit forever.”

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Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Joins Africare as Honorary Chair

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Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Joins Africare as Honorary Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 18, 2018) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, has been appointed as Honorary Chair to the Africare Board of Directors.

 

“I am delighted to welcome President Sirleaf as Honorary Chair,” said Steve Cashin, Chair of the Board of Directors for Africare. “She brings a valuable perspective having worked tirelessly in Liberia to rebuild the nation. Our board is looking forward to benefitting from President Sirleaf’s vast experience as we move forward to expand our impact strengthening communities in Africa.”
President Sirleaf was the first woman elected head of state of an African country. She served as President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. During her time as President, she dedicated herself to developing institutions, infrastructure and an open society where freedom of speech, religion, and association are promoted. President Sirleaf joined an elite group of former presidents of African countries in February 2018 when she was awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

“I am grateful for the progress we have made in Liberia. However, much work remains to be done in Liberia and all across Africa. There is one organization that continues to help us make progress – Africare. For almost 50 years, Africare has been in the forefront of the effort to help Africans build strong and resilient communities that can withstand the inevitable challenges that face developing countries,” noted President Sirleaf.

Africare works in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities. Established in 1970, Africare is the oldest, most experienced, non-profit international development organization focused exclusively on Africa. It has a reputation for excellence in program implementation, especially in the areas of health, nutrition, agriculture and food security, youth and women’s empowerment, and humanitarian assistance.

“I am honored that President Sirleaf will join the Africare family,” noted Robert L. Mallett, President of Africare. “Africare’s programs and projects in Liberia save and improve lives. The work Africare does is critical in addressing development challenges and building vibrant futures for communities. President Sirleaf has much wisdom to share about the need for our work across Africa. President Sirleaf is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. sorority, which is a long-term partner of Africare and we are thrilled about that synergy.”

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

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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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It’s internship season! Many students and organizations are preparing for a summer of new faces, places and experiences.
It’s internship season! Many students and organizations are preparing for a summer of new faces, places and experiences.

Nonprofits Spring Into Internship Season

It’s internship season! Many students and organizations are preparing for a summer of new faces, places and experiences. However, any season can be internship season. Correctly done, an internship should be a mutually-beneficial relationship, with both parties gaining from the experience, no matter what time of year.

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Power Forward teaches youth basketball and life skills.
Power Forward teaches youth basketball and life skills.

Power Forward Enters Year Two in Nigeria

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More than an opportunity to develop basketball skills, Power Forward teaches youth life-long habits such as literacy, health and leadership. The program, which reached nearly 300 youth during its inaugural year, tipped off its second year recently in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Africare Partners with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for Nelson Mandela Tribute

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WASHINGTON (December 12, 2013) — Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, today announced its partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) for a candlelight vigil honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The Alpha, Xi Omega, Xi Zeta Omega and Rho Mu Omega Chapters will participate in a community ceremony with Africare on Sunday, December 15, 2013 on The Yard at Howard University at 5:00 p.m.

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Photo: Lonnie Woods III
Photo: Lonnie Woods III

We Know Africa Can Feed Itself

The good news is that hunger is decreasing globally. The number of chronically hungry people shrank from nearly one in five people worldwide between 1990 and 1992, to about one in eight people between 2010 and 2012. That is real progress, but it is too soon to celebrate.

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