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 Africare Loses a Dedicated Colleague and Africa Loses a Steadfast Friend
Leonard Robinson, Jr., was a man of many strengths, talents and accomplishments. When confronted with the shocking news of his sudden transition from this world, the Africare Family felt a huge loss. Leonard has stood with us as a colleague, tireless in the struggle to put Africa on the map; steadfast in his zeal to bring our Africa into the global arena. He did so with tact and acumen, as only a wise and seasoned diplomat could do – often mending fences and bringing people from disparate perspectives and positions together for a common good.
 New Approaches to Alleviating Chronic Food Insecurity in Southern Africa
Africare is committed to both addressing and raising awareness about chronic food insecurity in Southern Africa, and submitted the following article to

Tiny and landlocked, Malawi sits south of Tanzania between Mozambique and Zambia in Southern Africa. With chronic food insecurity in Malawi and throughout Southern Africa, many assume that such hardship is somehow endemic in Africa.

 Africare President featured in Woodrow Wilson School interview on Disaster Response
Africare President Julius Coles (MPA'66) recently served as honorary Co-Chair of the 75th Anniversary of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. During this event Mr. Coles shared his views on how the international community can aid in both reducing and when necessary, responding to major humanitarian disasters.
 Africare Pays Tribute to Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)
It is with great sadness that Africare learns of the passing of Coretta Scott King. It is with great admiration and warmth that Africare pays tribute to her lifetime of achievements as a leader in the civil rights struggle for social justice and peace, both in the United States and worldwide. A woman of vision and purpose, she tried, and succeeded, to make our world a better place.
 Gates Foundation Grants Two Africare Food Security Projects
WASHINGTON, January 10, 2006–Africare is pleased to announce receipt of two generous grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which will support responses to drought and food crises in Niger and Zimbabwe. Funding in the amount of $1,022,686.00 will go toward two critical emergency programs which will address drought resistance crop production in both Niger (Improve Agriculture Production and Natural Resource Management) and Zimbabwe (Gokwe Integrated Recovery Action (GIRA)).
 Africare Announces Changes to its Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, December 21, 2005–Africare Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. George Dalley, has announced the appointment of the following people to its Board: New Board Chair, Mr. W. Frank Fountain, Sr. Vice President of Government Affairs for DaimlerChrysler, who succeeds Dalley. New Board Members include F. Euclid Walker of MD Renascent Capital Group in Chicago, and philanthropist and career Foreign Service Officer, Philip Pillsbury, Jr. Returning to the Board are members Mr. Clyde Richardson, Rev. Yvonne Seon, PhD, and Ambassador Curtin Winsor. Finally, three board members, Ambassador George Haley, Bishop Frederick James, and Dr. Louis Sullivan have ended their tenure on the Board after the expiration of their terms.
 World AIDS Day
On December 1st, Africare held its annual Candlelight Ceremony, joining people worldwide in marking World AIDS Day and recognizing those whose lives have been affected by HIV-AIDS. One of the first responders to HIV-AIDS in Africa, Africare helps the people of Africa eradicate AIDS through prevention, care, support, and treatment. For more information about Africare’s work with people affected by the pandemic.
 Africare's Myron Golden joins guests on the Kojo Nnamdi show
Myron Golden, a 28-year veteran of USAID and Africare’s current Regional Director for Francophone Africa, joined guests on the Kojo Nnamdi Show for a discussion on the monumental developments in Africa that are going unpublicized. The radio program, “Africa in Transition,” was broadcast live on Wednesday October 12, 2005, and discussed such issues as the International Criminal Court’s first indictment of Ugandan rebels and the monumental polling in Liberia that broke years of voter silence.
 Berewa Celebrates With Africare
Vice President of Sierra Leone, Solomon Ekuma Berewa, visited Africare to meet with President Julius Coles and other dignitaries to discuss Africare's work in his developing country.
 Africare President Awarded Princeton's Edward P. Bullard Distinguished Alumnus Award
Africare President Julius E. Coles was presented the Edward P. Bullard Distinguished Alumnus Award at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs 10th Annual Students and Alumni of Color Symposium held on November 12-13, 2005.
 Africare Staff from Niger Discuss Food Crisis in West African Region
Africare will welcome to Washington, DC members of our staff from Niger, West Africa. Africare Niger Country Representative, Al-Hassana Idriss Outman and Niger Administrative Officer, Marie M. Aughenbaugh, will share their perspectives and experiences regarding the recent food crisis and food aid programs in Niger.
 Africare to Honor General Colin Powell at 2005 Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner
Africare will present General Colin L. Powell with the 2005 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award on October 13 at the 2005 Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner at the Washington Hilton.
 Omega Psi Phi Donates to East African Tsunami Relief Effort
On September 7, 2005, Africare welcomed five senior members of the Third District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. The Third District includes 40 chapters in Virginia d the anDistrict of Columbia. Members presented Africare President Julius E. Coles with a generous donation to the Tsunami Relief Effort in East Africa.
 Africare President Discusses Niger on PBS News Hour
Julius E. Coles, President of Africare, appeared on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer tonight on PBS. In a conversation with Margaret Warner, News Hour Senior Correspondent, and John Ambler, Senior Vice-President  of Oxfam America, Coles discussed the current food crisis in Niger and surrounding areas, and commented on US and international response to the situation.
 Niger Emergency Food Relief
The people of Niger, West Africa are in critical need of food and other humanitarian assistance. For months, the hardship of failed harvests — caused by drought and locust infestation in important growing regions — has slowly depleted the food supply in country.
 His Majesty Mahamat Ourada II, Sultan of Dar – Ouaddai, visits Africare
On Friday, July 22, Africare received a very special visitor: His Majesty Mahamat Ourada II, Sultan of Dar – Ouaddai. This distinguished guest is not only the ruler of the Ouaddai region in eastern Chad; he also previously was an Africare staff member in Chad.
 Clifton Wharton Honored at Africare Legacy Award Benefit Evening in NYC
Africare presented its Legacy Award to the Honorable Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., Ph.D. — former Chairman and CEO of TIAA-CREF — during the Africare Legacy Award Benefit Evening, held on Wednesday, May 18, in New York City.
 D.C.'s Alpha Chapter of AKA Sorority Donates to Africare
In early April 2005, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s Alpha Chapter, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., presented Africare with the proceeds of its annual 48-Hour Stop Hunger Fast..
 Spotlight on Rwanda
Africare's HIV/AIDS programs work to improve the health of the Rwandan people — and in the process encourage reconciliation 10 years after the genocide.
 Africare Announces 2005 Bishop Walker Dinner
The 2005 Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 13. The event will celebrate Africare's 35th anniversary and honor former U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
 New Members Join Africare Board of Directors
Africare announces the appointment of six new Board members: Mr. Stephen D. Cashin, the Hon. Howard F. Jeter, Ms. Gay J. McDougall, Ms. Barbara A. McKinzie, the Hon. J.C. Watts, Jr., and the Hon. Howard Wolpe, Ph.D.
 Tsunami Disaster Touches Eastern Africa
The earthquake and tidal wave that decimated many coastal regions of South Asia on December 26 extended a path of destruction all the way to the eastern coast of Africa.
 Africare Honors Bipartisan Congressional Engagement with Africa at Annual Dinner
Africare paid tribute to Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-Indiana) and Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-New Jersey) — honoring “bipartisan Congressional engagement with Africa” — at the 2004 Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner, held Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, in Washington D.C.
 Senator Bill Frist's World of Hope Charity Awards Africare for Its Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Africare, along with six other organizations, received funding from World of Hope's first fundraiser. The financial support will help Africare and the other groups promote improved quality of life in communities worldwide.
 The Power of Peanut Butter
An Africare program in Southern Africa helps women produce peanut butter, providing income and improving their families' health.
 Africare Responds to Darfur Crisis by Aiding Refugees Fleeing to Chad
Displacement of Sudanese people by militia forces has resulted in hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing to the bordering nation of Chad. Africare/Chad is there to help the Sudanese refugees, as well as the overburdened Chadian population.
 Africare to Honor Senator Richard G. Lugar and Congressman Donald M. Payne at Annual Dinner
The Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner will be held November 5, 2004. At the event, Africare will salute bipartisan Congressional engagement with Africa by honoring Senator Lugar and Congressman Payne.
 Improving Children's Health Through Access to Clean Water in Uganda
The lack of safe water for human use is one of the greatest problems affecting the health of children throughout Africa. In Uganda, Africare is implementing a well-building program that is bringing clean water to thousands of people.
 In Chad: “Now We Are Seeing Results”
In southern Chad, Africare is helping rural farmers become successful entrepreneurs. The Africare Project for Agriculture and Livestock Markets works to enhance the ability of local communities to benefit from the development of oil fields in Chad.
 Africare President Surveys Destruction in Liberia
Africare promotes Liberian reconstruction through programs in Liberia and at the United Nations.
 Spotlight on Liberia
Left devastated by 14 years of civil war, the Liberian people are struggling to rebuild their country. Africare is providing emergency relief and health care.
 Africare Joins the World Health Organization, AMREF USA, and Medilinks in Celebrating Africa Health Day 2004
Africa Health Day will highlight the best practices in health and health-related programs in Africa.

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