Washington, D.C.

AFRICARE COMMEMORATES ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH PLANNED SUNSET OF ALL U.S. OPERATIONS AND ASSISTING IN STANDING UP
A NEW “PANAFRICARE” ON THE CONTINENT
COMPLETES A STRATEGIC PIVOT TO AFRICA

(August 3, 2020 – Washington DC) Crowning an impressive fifty-year legacy of high-impact programming within Africa, the Africare Board of Directors and President & CEO Robert L. Mallett today announced both the planned cessation of Africare operations in the US and the endorsement of a newly created independent entity, “PanAfricare” based in Senegal, West Africa. The birth of PanAfricare will coincide with the planned sunset of Africare. The new PanAfricare has established its own board of directors and will operate autonomously from the existing organization. Africare will transition its entire portfolio of projects to PanAfricare. As the legacy Africare closes its operations, a new “Friends of PanAfricare” has also been established. Its sole, independent purpose will be to support the new PanAfricare and other organizations with similar missions in sub-Saharan Africa with fundraising from donors who support the mission of Africare.

Upon inception, PanAfricare can demonstrate extensive reach with a presence in each region of Sub- Saharan Africa — Angola, Burkina Faso, Chad, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe and, of course, Senegal where the new PanAfricare headquarters will be based. Programs are within the core competencies of legacy Africare and the new PanAfricare, including Agriculture, Nutrition, Health, Women’s, and Youth Empowerment.

As Africare marked fifty years in existence (officially May 4, 2020) the organization also unveiled a special commemorative logo and hashtag campaign signifying that 2020 is #AfricareGoldenYear2020 to be celebrated alongside the programming transition to the African continent.

“It has been my great honor to serve as a steward of Africare’s enormous impact of transforming lives in Africa – from agricultural innovation, food security, and nutrition to empowering women and youth.

Now is simply the right time to pass this baton of stewardship not only to the capable Gorgui Diallo and the talented field staff – but to the entire continent of Africa via the new PanAfricare. I have great confidence that governments and donors committed to capacity building will take note and support this bold new venture.” said President & CEO Robert Mallett.

“It was indeed the appropriate moment to dually celebrate Africare’s wonderful legacy while also looking forward to ensure PanAfricare would be in a position to deliver services to the people of Africa,” said Board Chair Stephen D. Cashin. “We are greatly appreciative of all the global “Africare alumni” who have provided their energies and idea capital towards reaching this milestone. We are also grateful to our many government, international and corporate partners, foundations, sororities, churches and individual donors over this period who have underwritten the delivery of valuable services to the people of Africa. Africare has long enjoyed a widely diverse base of donor support,” he added.

The new PanAfricare will be headed by the experienced and respected former Africare country director Gorgui Diallo and many talented country-based project teams will join him in this new venture. “I am humbled, honored and energized to become the inaugural CEO of the new PanAfricare. We appreciate the confidence of existing donors such as Bayer, Exxon Mobil, and others who have reauthorized former Africare grants to PanAfricare. The new PanAfricare is excited about many projects such as nurturing a highly innovative initiative converting mining waste to fertilizer in Chad.”

In yet another significant outcome of the Africare-PanAfricare transition, it was formally announced that the sale of the venerable Washington DC “Africare House” headquarters was completed. The future structure at the site will also commemorate the illustrious legacy of Africare House. Assembled throughout the years by Africare co-founder the late C. Payne Lucas and other donors, the famed Africare art collection/artifacts will now be curated at both the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and The University of Maryland Eastern Shore – the latter institution where Lucas was a celebrated alumnus.

Further announcements regarding exhibitions of these historic artifacts will be made throughout the remaining sunset year of the #AfricareGoldenYear2020 campaign.

Through its social media accounts and website, the #AfricareGoldenYear2020 effort is designed to both commemorate the superb legacy of the organization’s fifty-year tenure and raise awareness and funds for PanAfricare by means of the newly formed “Friends of PanAfricare”.

The organization’s Facebook and Twitter pages will commemorate key moments in Africare’s evolution in both the US and Africa from its inception in 1970.

Africare alumni, donors, and the public are invited to use the hashtag #AfricareGoldenYear2020 on social media to relive some of the memorable people, places, and programs during the organization’s fifty years and encourage personal submissions and reflections. #AfricareGoldenYear2020 will also highlight some of the famed African artwork enjoyed by the many visitors to Africare House over the years and to ensure continued scholarship regarding Africa and inspiration for future generations.

“#AfricareGoldenYear2020 is dually a recognition of our great fifty-year legacy in Africa while highlighting the promising planned programming on the continent,” said President & CEO Robert Mallett. “As we are on the ground every day, we increasingly see effective solutions towards uplifting people’s lives developed locally throughout our operating countries vs. imported from the US. A new autonomous PanAfricare is dedicated to delivering programming which directly benefits people, Mallett added.  Africare is inviting existing staff, dedicated Africare Alumni, donors, and all our loyal supporters to adopt the hashtags “#AfricareGoldenYear2020” and “#MyAfricareMemory” on social media and share their sentiments, participation and even photos in support of the collective work in Africa since 1970.

During Fall 2020, as the new PanAfricare commences its inaugural year as a new Africa-based entity and the “Friends of PanAfricare” goes live, Africare will explore ending the year with a small golden anniversary commemoration (virtual or in-person depending upon the COVID19 climate) to thank donors, Africare partners, and alumni, the African Ambassadorial community and the organization’s many longtime friends.

Download  the full pdf version of Africare’s press release here

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#TheNextEdwinah

“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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Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

A year ago I became the fourth President of Africare. It has been a rewarding and growth-filled adventure.  Africare’s work is important and purposeful, and for 46 years its work has been on the cutting edge of development in Africa, making it one of the most experienced international development organizations in the world.   

Across all of our geographies and at headquarters, the people of Africare come to work committed to our mission and focused on preserving Africare’s legacy of exceptional programming.  We are also testing and applying new strategies for organizational renewal and growth.  
 
While absent in the last few years, the newsletter will be but one of the ways we communicate with our supporters and friends.  The projects you will read about in the newsletter represent an affirmation of Africare’s history, and they point the way forward. We never forget that Africare is grounded in grass-roots development.  
 
Our ever-growing marketplace challenges demand that we modernize our approach to the work we do, seek new strategies to solve problems, and find new partners to work with us.  You will learn about some of those areas by reading our newsletter.

“It is an exciting time to be at Africare”

Many of you are continuous and long-time supporters and we are very grateful for your investment.  Some of you once supported us, and we invite you to renew your interest in our work.  Many of you have taken a passing interest in the work we do and now we ask for your support in more tangible ways.

Please be sure to sign up online to receive our newsletter so you don’t miss out on the exciting things happening here at headquarters and abroad.
 
We can only achieve results with your help. My hope is that you will join us on this journey.
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Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett
Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

Monthly President’s Message – Social Media

The world is getting smaller. We are connected through the power of technology.  The internet. Smart phones. Computers, large and small.  Skype. FaceTime.  And on and on and on.   A few weeks ago Africare conducted staff training on how to use Twitter at headquarters and for 10 of our countries in Africa. The reviews suggest that it was a success.  (More on that later).

This training, as well as others we will undertake, is part of my key objective to create “One Africare”.  As many of you have heard me say before, our organization has its headquarters in Washington, D.C., but our mission is accomplished in districts and villages in the countries where Africare has a program presence. What weaves us together is that each of us, wherever we do our work, is committed to making African lives better.  That is the objective we share, and it is the driving force of our collective efforts.

To be “One Africare,” and to achieve our organizational objectives, we have to commit ourselves through a process of setting goals and financing them.  We do not just commit to donors.  We commit to each other.  We commit to our partners, with, and for whom, we undertake our work. I want to share with you what I believe these commitments are:

  • First, we commit to honesty and integrity.
  • Second, we commit to excellence.
  • Third, we commit to timeliness and responsiveness.
  • Fourth, we commit to innovation and entrepreneurship.

I am heartened by the stories coming from the people we work with in Africa.  Our programs continue to be designed to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Cookstoves in Nigeria, funded by McCann, maternity homes in Zambia funded by Merck, these are all examples of our projects and the depth and breadth of what we do on the Continent.

The mission of Africare is pretty spectacular. We enhance lives for the people of Africa. We see that conditions can change for the better. We work hard to make an impact. The people we touch will never know any of our names, and we may never know many of theirs.  But together we are making a difference. For now, that is enough.

Circling back to the beginning, I do hope you will follow us on Twitter. @Africare, our handle at headquarters, has been in existence a few short years and has already gained over 8,500 followers. We are currently following over 4,200 accounts and have Tweeted close to 6,600 times. You can also follow me at @AfricarePrezMallett.

I hope to “see” you soon.

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Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett Message

I am excited to share the following press release. After many months of meetings and excellent discussion, Africare and Accordia are proud to announce this merger. Please meet our four new staff members, *Alissa Oram, Susana Oguntoye, Victoria Hammond, and Samuel Lopez. *If you have questions about media, please contact Cheryl Kravitz, Media Relations and Strategic Communications, at *ckravitz@africare.org* *. *

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Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett
Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

Africare’s President and CEO, Robert L. Mallett

As I complete six months as President and CEO of Africare, I am eager to focus on our future. We move forward with a strong sense of our history. Africare is one of the most experienced international development organizations with a singular focus on Africa. Since our founding, Africare has delivered more than $1 billion in assistance to tens of millions of men, women and children in Africa and we continue to deliver exceptional programs.

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Health workers at Africare’s MAPS-C facilities in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom and Rivers states will receive Fio’s Deki™ Reader to help them more accurately diagnose malaria and record results.
Health workers at Africare’s MAPS-C facilities in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom and Rivers states will receive Fio’s Deki™ Reader to help them more accurately diagnose malaria and record results.

Africare and Fio mark World Malaria Day with innovative new partnership in Nigeria

UYO, AKWA IBOM, NIGERIA | APRIL 25, 2016 – Africare, the oldest and largest African-American led non-profit committed to advancing development in Africa, is joining forces with Fio Corporation, a Canadian technology company, to introduce automated malaria testing…

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Veteran former USAID official will lead Africare’s development programs portfolio
Veteran former USAID official will lead Africare’s development programs portfolio

Africare Introduces New Chief of Programs

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Africare announced Franklin C. Moore, recently the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau of Africa at the United States Agency for International Development, has been named Chief of Programs for the 45-year-old organization solely focused on humanitarian and economic development of Africa.

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Young Humanitarian Makes the World Even

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Nathaniel

Nathaniel Crossley is a young humanitarian living in Fort McMurray, Alberta. At the age of 13, he has a strong desire to “make the world even.” He has worked with the African Well Fund to build wells in Tanzania and has fundraised for projects of his own by partnering with his school and community. Nathaniel has been working to raise money for his project “Sports4Africa” in order to send sports equipment to African schools and is also working on his first documentary called The Kilimanjaro Project. Nathaniel plans to return to Africa on his 16th birthday to revisit the three schools that he has helped over the years.

“I want to make the world even: I want everyone to have the same rights, freedoms, and access to things we have in the first world.” –Nathaniel Crossley

Please tell me a little more about yourself and how you became involved with fundraising.

I’d say I’m your average 13-year-old boy. I enjoy gaming, building computers, hanging out, biking with friends and Pokémon. I enjoy different sports including rock climbing, badminton, soccer, football, swimming and I curl competitively.

It was mainly because of what I saw Ryan Hreljac* do for the people in Africa and what my dad was doing as a humanitarian.

*As a child, Ryan Hreljac raised money in response to the global water crisis, and has since raised millions of dollars for projects in Africa.

Why did you decide to raise money for sports equipment in particular?

When I visited the three schools in Tanzania, I enjoyed meeting many of the children and even played a game of football (soccer) with them. I was shocked to learn that the school only had one soccer ball for over 1000 kids. The schools were in desperate need of equipment. A few of the kids requested new equipment and I came up with the idea of Sports4Africa a few minutes later.  That’s when I decided to fundraise again to purchase sporting equipment for the three schools I visited.

All kids should have the ability to play and deserve the tools or equipment to do so. I want these kids to have some of the same opportunities that I do.

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How did you learn about Africare and why did you decide to entrust your donations to Africare?

When I chose the African Well Fund for fundraising in 2012-13, I found out that Africare was the parent organization. My school, Father Patrick Mercredi High School, partnered with me, and along with community donations, I raised more than $2000 CAN. Originally I planned to purchase the equipment in Canada and ship it to Tanzania, and then my mom thought we should be supporting the local African economy so we started to look for suppliers in Tanzania. My mom and I struggled to find a supplier online so we decided to ask Africare to source out a company for us. They agreed and also offered to transport the sports equipment directly to the three schools.

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Tell me more about The Kilimanjaro Project.

It is the documentary which I am currently producing with some local filmmakers about my adventures through Africa and my current project, Sports4Africa.

The Kilimanjaro Project is a deal that I made with Arlene Dickinson, a Canadian entrepreneur and former TV personality on the show Dragons Den. She would give me a GoPro (what I used to film the footage) if I teamed up with local filmmakers. Some of the challenges with the documentary is the fact that my computer has been having “technical difficulties” which makes it very hard to edit and produce. One victory was when we finally got a committed filmmaker to do the project.

Describe your favorite trip to Africa/ your favorite part about Africa.

My favorite part had to have been visiting the three schools in Tanzania and seeing how grateful the students, teachers and parents were for my efforts to provide them sanitization stations and a rain water collector.

What inspires you and what are your goals for the future?

It inspires me when someone does something for an area or person to enhance their quality of life. My goal is for everyone to have access to what we have in the west – adequate health care, clean water, etc.

Recent Tweet from Africare’s Kendra Davenport:

“Never underestimate the power of one – even one as young as @TheLegoFly.  Thanks Nathaniel.  You’re inspiring us to do more & be better!”

You can see the trailer to Nathaniel’s The Kilimanjaro Project here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEPMjbv9P38

Africare to honor Nathaniel

Africare will recognize Nathaniel’s dedication to improve African lives at the Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner Gala in Washington, D.C., on December 5, 2015, one of the largest fundraising events for Africa in the United States. For more information about the annual event and to reserve your seat, please click on this link. Hope to see you there!

This Donor Spotlight was written by Africare summer high school intern Hailey Voell.  Hailey will begin her senior  year next month at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, Virginia.  Her mini- internship was spent in Africare’s Development and Communications Department.

 

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