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In 2009, Sub-Saharan Africa’s population reached 836 million people, almost half of whom live on less than $1 a day. Such widespread, extreme poverty is reflected in the region’s poor health care, lack of educational opportunities, and fragile infrastructure. Aid for Africa members support micro-credit projects, community training, sustainable transportation and other development programs. Click on the highlighted letters in the alphabet below to view members working on these issues.

African Food and Peace Foundation

Invests in groundbreaking programs for African women’s leadership and education. Supports Uganda’s first rural university for women, catalyzing innovation in agriculture and rural communities.
CFC# 91656

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Indego Africa Project

Helps Rwandan women gain financial independence through economic and educational empowerment. Ensures women artisans earn fair-trade income and gain skills needed to grow their businesses.
CFC# 89767

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miraclefeet

Transforming the lives of children born with clubfoot in Africa, and around the world, through low-cost, nonsurgical treatment, enabling them to live productive, healthy lives.
CFC# 66319

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Last Mile Health

Rebuilding Liberia’s devastated healthcare system by training community-based health workers to provide professional care. This life-saving, innovative model of healthcare is rapidly expanding throughout Liberia.
CFC# 25433

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Bridge2Rwanda

Helps create Africa’s future leaders by preparing talented African students to attend international universities. Supports students throughout university experience. Identifies employment opportunities for returning graduates.
CFC# 68735

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African Rural Development and Sustainability Organization

Saves lives, rebuilds sustainable communities, and creates hope for the poorest Africans through fresh water wells, tree planting, clean cook stoves, child healthcare, education, training.
CFC# 90593

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Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa

Educates impoverished girls, mostly orphans, through school scholarships in Malawi, East Africa. Provides innovative after-school leadership and school-to-work programs to ensure success and change lives.
CFC# 71831

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Water to Thrive

Brings sustainable, clean water to rural African communities. Builds wells and conducts hygiene and maintenance training with support from U.S. communities, congregations, and schools.
CFC# 91057

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BEADS for Education

Supports Kenyan girls living in poverty to attend school through college; provides school construction, supplies, life workshops. Graduates become community teaching interns before entering careers.
CFC# 83026

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ChildVoice International

Restores African children broken by war, who faced unspeakable brutality, in safe communities with loving, spiritual, and emotional care and effective education and training.
CFC# 93598

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H2O for Life

Provides clean drinking water and sanitation to African schools through programs with U.S. schools. 100% of donations go to African schools participating in “WASH.”
CFC# 80300

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Development in Gardening

Provides access to nutrient-rich fruits/vegetables by creating sustainable gardens with partners at African hospitals, orphanages, schools. Works with HIV/AIDS populations to improve nutrition/health.
CFC# 67384

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Worldwide Fistula Fund

Eradicates obstetric fistula caused in obstructed childbirth, helping African women rebuild their lives.  Supports Niger-based fistula hospital, trains surgeons/nurses, and provides comprehensive services for women.
CFC# 82491

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RefugePoint

Protects and cares for the most vulnerable refugees in Africa, ensuring forgotten victims of genocide, persecution, and atrocities are brought from danger to safety.
CFC# 60451

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Aid for Africa

Empowers poor African children, women and families to escape poverty through community-based self-help programs that improve health, expand education, create businesses, and protect wildlife.
CFC# 11069

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Lewa Wildlife Conservancy USA

Protects East-African wildlife--including endangered rhino and Grevy's zebra--through habitat protection, anti-poaching programs and by integrating wildlife conservation into economic needs of local communities.
CFC# 12369

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Women’s Microfinance Initiative

Empowers poor, rural African women to improve their lives through small-business loans. Works through community-based partners. Provides business and bookkeeping training, support groups—ensuring success.
CFC# 40340

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Tostan

Promotes sustainable community-led development and positive social change. Empowers African communities to take action for human rights, democracy, and health through holistic, participatory and non-formal education.
CFC# 23328

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Wildlife Conservation Network

Supports on-the-ground programs to save endangered elephants, cheetah, lions, painted dogs, and other African wildlife and their habitats. Engages local people as effective wildlife stewards.
CFC# 63038

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Hope Through Health

Supports community-based health programs providing quality treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS in Togo, West Africa. Empowers local communities to establish and provide healthcare services.
CFC# 41924

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Africa Development Corps

Empowers African communities to achieve social and economic justice through grassroots programs in education and agriculture assisted by skilled self-reliant international volunteers.
CFC# 10716

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Panthera

Conserves world's wild cats, including the imperiled African lion, cheetah, and leopard. Works with local people and partners with nonprofits, scientific institutions, and local and national governments.
CFC# 84070

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African Childrens Haven

Helps African orphans and children living in extreme poverty lead healthier, more productive lives. Priority programs emphasize the education, well-being, and safety of young girls.
CFC# 19142

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charity: water

Brings clean, safe drinking water to people throughout Africa. Partners with local organizations to build and maintain wells. Uses 100% of donations for projects.
CFC# 79221

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World Bicycle Relief

Provides bicycles and trains mechanics to service them in Africa to improve healthcare delivery, help children attend school, and improve economic development. Builds independence and livelihoods.
CFC# 95568

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Invisible Children

Rebuilding lives of child war victims in northern Uganda through scholarships, employment, school programs. Working to end current violence against children/families in Central Africa.
CFC# 50299

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World Hope International

Alleviates suffering and injustice in Africa and elsewhere through education, microfinance, and community health programs. Builds wells, provides HIV/AIDS education and orphan care, and works to prevent human trafficking.
CFC# 11639

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Trees for the Future

Plants trees in Africa and elsewhere through self-help reforestation and environmentally sustainable development projects. Provides technical training, planning, and tree seedlings to local groups.
CFC# 10715

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Tanzania Education Fund

Provides a high school education to 300 boys and girls in eastern Tanzania, by supporting Nianjema Secondary School. Funds teacher salaries, building construction and maintenance, and scholarships.
CFC# 73512

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South Africa Partners

Helps improve healthcare, education, and economic development in South Africa through partnerships with local communities and organizations. Focuses on the most vulnerable--women and children.
CFC# 12376

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Medicine for Mali

Provides medical services, supplies, health classes for women/children, clean water projects, and economic development, including microfinance loans, education, sustainable agriculture in Mali, West Africa.
CFC# 12171

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Maasai Girls Education Fund

Works to improve the literacy, health, and economic well-being of Maasai women in Kenya through scholarships for girls and community education.
CFC# 11265

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Friends of Conservation – Friends of the Masai Mara

Protects wildlife in the Masai Mara and other wildlife reserves in Kenya and Tanzania, through habitat conservation programs, anti-poaching efforts, youth education, and community development.
CFC# 11883

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EcoAgriculture Partners

Works with partners in Africa and around the world to develop and sustain landscapes that produce food and support family livelihoods while protecting environmental diversity.
CFC# 12367

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Village Enterprise

Equips people living in extreme poverty in rural Kenya and Uganda to create sustainable businesses. Provides training, mentoring, savings/credit groups, and seed grants.
CFC# 59448

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The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Earth Institute works throughout Africa and worldwide to reduce poverty, disease, hunger, illiteracy, and environmental degradation through cross-cutting scientific research, education, and implementing practical solutions.
CFC# 74714

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East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children

Helps women and children living in extreme poverty in rural Kenya to help themselves through high-impact, cost-effective health and education programs and small-business development.
CFC# 12297

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Carolina for Kibera

Founded by a University of North Carolina graduate, US Marine. Supports sports programs, medical clinics, and girls' center in impoverished Kibera, Kenya. Named TIME magazine Hero of Global Health.
CFC# 11016

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The BOMA Project

Helping poor women in Northern Kenya start sustainable small businesses so they can survive droughts and feed and educate their children.
CFC# 12366

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Alliance for African Assistance

Assists African refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, and war and torture victims, particularly women and children in Uganda and the US, helping to restore their self-sufficiency, dignity, and respect.
CFC# 12364

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African Rainforest Conservancy

Conserves and restores African rainforests by empowering local men, women, and children through training, community development, research and education to preserve their natural heritage.
CFC# 46974

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A Glimmer of Hope Foundation

Takes an innovative and integrated approach to lifting families out of poverty in rural Ethiopia through community initiatives in clean water, education, healthcare, microfinance loans.
CFC# 31756

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