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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 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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