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It’s Time to Invest in Girls and End the Cycle of Violence

October 10, 2014
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When these girls graduate from high school they will have more professional and personal choices.

It’s been two years since the United Nations declared October 11 the International Day of the Girl in response to the problem of neglect and devaluation of girls around the world. By doing so, the world body hoped to galvanize global attention about the importance of improving the lives of girls.

It is ironic that this year’s theme for the day is “Empowering adolescent girls: Ending the cycle of violence.” In 2014 we have witnessed astounding acts of violence against girls, including the kidnapping of almost 300 school girls in Nigeria in April by Boko Haram and the ongoing abduction of girls as young as twelve to be sold as sex slaves or given as prizes to fighters by the Islamic group known as ISIS. Violence against girls doesn’t appear to be going away.

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Thousands around the World Marching to Save the Elephant

October 3, 2014

On Saturday, October 4, in what organizers are billing as the largest demonstration of its kind, thousands of people in 120 cities around the world will join the second annual […]

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Fighting Ebola Through Local Networks and Know-how

September 15, 2014 World Hope International Supplies to Fight Ebola 2

As the Ebola crisis continues to worsen in West Africa, news stories focus on the exodus of foreigners from the affected countries who manage and staff hospitals, run offices of […]

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African Farmers are Creating Forest Gardens and “Planting it Forward”

August 22, 2014 Trees FTF Senegal Forest Garden by Omar cropped

In arid and degraded areas of Sub Saharan Africa, farmers who were barely able to provide for their families are now creating abundant forest gardens and “planting it forward” as […]

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The Fight Continues to End the Slaughter of African Elephants

August 11, 2014 WCN Elephants in motion--cropped

In June of this year, Kenyan conservationists announced that poachers in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park had killed a 45-year-old iconic elephant for his tusks, adding to the alarming toll […]

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A Taste of Life and Development in Kenya on the National Mall

July 1, 2014 Kenya folklife cropped large

Where in the United States can you sample traditional Swahili dishes, learn about living and working with African wildlife, view art converted from waste materials and get your groove on […]

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Why Are We Still Fighting Polio and Leprosy?

June 6, 2014 Polio

Many people believe that polio and leprosy have either been eradicated or are no longer a threat to the world’s population. But in many parts of the world, particularly Sub […]

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Move from Awareness to Action for the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

May 8, 2014 Nigerian School Girls

Should attending school mean you risk kidnapping and slavery? When Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria and threatened to sell them, we asked why? Roughly translated, Boko Haram […]

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Five Things to Remember about Earth Day and Africa

April 22, 2014 earth_341

1. Size: The continent of Africa represents 20 percent of the Earth’s land mass. 2. Water: Two-thirds of Africa is arid or semi-arid, and 300 of the 800 million people […]

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A Country Emerging from the Shadows

April 8, 2014 Northwest Rwanda EcoAgricuture

What African country lacking oil or diamonds experienced economic growth of 8 percent since 2010? Reduced the percentage of people living below the poverty line in the last ten years […]

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Providing Clean Water on the Blue Planet

March 21, 2014 Glimmer of Hope Child fetching water

Earth is the water planet. Seen from space, its extensive blue oceans, rivers, and lakes give Earth its second name—the blue planet. From space, it’s beautiful. From the home of […]

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Is Celebrating Women the Wrong Approach?

March 6, 2014 More than half of the members of the Rwandan Parliament are women.

It’s time to move beyond “celebrating” the progress we have made in women’s rights and start doing something about consolidating women’s rights.  Nowhere is that more important than in Africa […]

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Development Done Right—How a Donated Bicycle in Africa Led to a Thriving Business Africa Needs

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Think supporting development means giving hand outs?  Think again.  Done right, development means giving a hand up. One of the best examples is World Bicycle Relief’s recently established Buffalo Bikes […]

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Despite Some Discouraging Headlines, Things in Africa are Actually Looking Up

February 19, 2014 true-size-of-africaV7

Recent headlines on the tragic violence in the Central African Republic and South Sudan and continued fighting in Mali revive for some the stereotypical view that Sub Saharan Africa will […]

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Bill and Melinda Gates Bust Myths about Development in Africa with Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” and the Science Guy

January 24, 2014 Nikuze-Aziza-Refugee-Kiziba-Camp-Rwanda-2011-Bill-Melinda-Gates-Foundation-cropped

In the past, Aid for Africa has written optimistically about Africa’s future. Others share our passion, particularly Bill and Malinda Gates.  In the 2014 Gates Annual Letter, the couple discusses […]

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Lions in West Africa Are on the Brink of Extinction

January 16, 2014 cubinnigeria_philipphenschelpanthera_credited

In a blog a year ago, we reported on a steep decline in the African lion population. At that time, researchers estimated the lion population in West Africa to be […]

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A Fitting Celebration of Life–Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela Falls on Human Rights Day

December 10, 2013 It always seems impossible until it is done.--Nelson Mandela

How fitting that the memorial service for Nelson Mandela occurs on December 10, Human Rights Day—a day to reaffirm the right of every individual to education, adequate food and shelter, […]

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Is there Progress in Africa’s Battle against AIDS?

December 1, 2013 Likuni Hospital in Malawi, where mothers2mothers is working to stop the transmission of HIV to the unborn.

Are we winning the battle against AIDS in Africa? Thanks to efforts by governments, international donors, and civil society, many experts believe we are.  According to UNAIDS, in 2012 the […]

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Invisible Children’s Grassroots Quest to Destroy Joseph Kony Produces International Action and Results

November 13, 2013 kony-troops

Invisible Children’s grassroots efforts to end the terror of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army have led to an unlikely but effective coalition of governments, armies, nonprofits, and philanthropists. […]

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Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar Returns from Tracking Malnutrition and Hunger in South Sudan

October 30, 2013 South-Sudan-Jacqueline-Lauer-A4A-Scholar-Local-women-and-children-400x300

In July the Aid for Africa blog highlighted Jacqueline Lauer, the Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar at Tufts University’s Friedman School, who conducted research this summer in South Sudan with […]

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Five Reasons to Educate an African Girl—And Change Everything!

October 11, 2013 Peri urban Fula camp.

For most of us, the idea of not being able to attend school because of one’s gender is unthinkable. But in developing countries, particularly in Africa, it’s all too common […]

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Keeping the Millennium Development Goals On Target

September 23, 2013 MDG 4 Tostan Pictogram v2

The UN General Assembly meets this week in New York City to discuss how to accelerate efforts to meet its 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. The eight goals […]

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A Green Revolution for Africa?

September 11, 2013 dig-WISER-School-chef

With Africa’s population expected to quadruple by the end of this century, will its struggling agricultural sector meet the demand?   Recently, Eleanor Whitehead, writing in Forbes, examined how philanthropists […]

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Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund Spotlight – Josephine Sabina Lekuton

August 21, 2013 josephine2

Josephine Sabina Lekuton – Helping Herself, Helping Her Family Josephine Sabina Lekuton grew up in Karare, a small drought-threatened village in rural northern Kenya, where people historically relied on livestock […]

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Female Circumcision Declining in Africa, but 30 Million Girls Still at Risk

August 7, 2013 unicef

A new report by UNICEF finds that the practice of female genital cutting (FGC), which started centuries ago, has been declining in Africa. But even where laws now forbid it, […]

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U.S. President’s Recent Trip to Africa Good for its People and Its Wildlife

July 17, 2013 lions4

President Obama’s recent trip to Africa was good news for the African people, but it was also good news for African wildlife.  The President brought attention to the continent’s strong […]

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Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar Looks for Reasons Malnutrition Persists in South Sudan

July 9, 2013 South-Sudan-Jacqueline-Lauer-A4A-Scholar-Mothers-and-Children-in-Alek-400x300

Why does malnutrition remain high in rural South Sudan despite humanitarian intervention? Aid for Africa Scholar Jacqueline Lauer is spending the summer months in rural South Sudan trying to find […]

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Will President Obama Find a Rising Africa on his Upcoming Trip?

June 24, 2013 Senegal Market

As U.S. President Barack Obama and his family head out to Sub Saharan Africa this week, they will find a continent many thoughtful economists believe is on the rise. A […]

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The Unseen Face of Refugees

June 20, 2013 Photo credit: Amy Toensing

At first glance, this child looks like a typical African girl. But there’s more to her story than the picture reveals. She is a refugee struggling to survive in the […]

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Recognizing Three Amazing Dads in Africa

June 12, 2013 Albert Sinkoye in front of his bicycle shop. Credit: Matt Pierce

This Father’s Day we are thinking about some amazing dads in Africa.  Dads like Albert, a shop owner; Peter, a conservationist, and Patrick, a farming entrepreneur.  Through training opportunities, a […]

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Recognizing Obstetric Fistula So We Can Eliminate It Once and For All

May 23, 2013 Fistula surgery patient in West Africa.  Credit: Worldwide Fistula Fund.

Can you imagine a pregnant woman you know going into labor, experiencing an unexpected obstruction, and having no medical personnel to help?  If she survived, she would, no doubt, have […]

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Will the African Rhino Share the Fate of the African Elephant?

May 3, 2013 rhinos-lewa

Most people don’t think they are as beautiful as elephants, and they don’t have ivory tusks, but rhinos, with their distinctive horns, are one of Africa’s wonders that now may […]

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Women in Africa "Lean In," Taking a Page from Sheryl Sandberg's Book

April 24, 2013 Alice Monje is realizing her potential and "leaning in."

With the recent launch of Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, discussion of the value of women in the workforce has blossomed. It’s clear […]

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Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund Spotlight–Phoebe Amoako

March 29, 2013 Phoebe Amoaka is in her second year at Ashesi University in Ghana.

Phoebe Amoako– A Passion for Education Realized    Phoebe Amoako grew up in Tema, Ghana, a port city in the southeast of the West African country.  One of three children […]

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The Challenge of Providing Clean Water in Rural Africa

March 22, 2013 charitywater child drinking clean waterv2

Every two years the World Health Organization takes a look at access to improved drinking water around the world.  The good news is that an additional 2 billion people gained […]

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Celebrating International Women’s Day—Recognizing the Role of Women Every Day

March 8, 2013 Wabina

Every March 8th, International Women’s Day, we acknowledge the struggles and successes that women encounter worldwide. This year’s theme focuses on violence against women, which takes many forms—physical, sexual, psychological […]

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Will Africa’s Forest Elephant Share the Fate of Its Savannah Elephant—Extinction by Poaching?

March 6, 2013 At current rates of loss, the forest elephant of Central and West Africa is facing extinction.

Scientists have just released new research that documents a 62 percent decline in the forest elephant population of Central and West Africa. The research adds to the evidence that the […]

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Will African Elephants Be Extinct in Ten Years?

February 28, 2013 Elephant 1

If you watched the National Geographic special Battle for the Elephants on PBS last night, you’re probably concerned about the fate of one of Africa’s greatest natural treasures—and with good […]

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New Test May Signal the End for a Biblical Disease

February 20, 2013 Sisters from the Dondi leprosy village in Angola.

It’s a disease associated with Biblical times—leprosy.  But even today, leprosy affects 3 to 4 million people around the world, many in Africa.  Some 250,000 people contract the disease each […]

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Despite Conflict in Northern Mali,Village Needs Are Met by Aid for Africa Charity

February 8, 2013 Medicine for Mali Girl at School

Recently, the African country of Mali has made international headlines as French and Malian forces seek to oust Islamist rebels from the northern part of the country. The conflict in […]

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Rehabilitation Center in Central Africa Gives Traumatized Children a Chance

January 30, 2013 Invisible-Children-Child-Soldier

Invisible Children began bringing the plight of Uganda’s child soldiers to the world in 2004. The plight of child soldiers and children affected by conflict remains a major concern throughout […]

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Improving Cook Stoves Helps Combat Global Climate Change

January 18, 2013 Mother-and-two-children-Zambia-300x225v2

If you have traveled in rural Africa, you’ve seen smoke coming from the small houses and back yards of most families. In fact, it is not uncommon to see wood […]

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Despite National Problems, Innovative Approaches to Education Provide Poor Children a Chance in South Africa

January 9, 2013 Ubuntu boy student

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Robin Dixon says that the educational system in South Africa has improved little for the nation’s poor black students in the 18 years since […]

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Remembering a Leader of Legal Justice in South Africa

December 18, 2012 SALS Chaskalson

The cause of social justice in Africa lost one of its giants this month with the death of Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson.  Born and educated in South Africa, Chaskalson, 81, […]

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Africa’s Lions in Steep Decline

December 8, 2012 Credit: Christian Sperka/Panthera

A surprising new study released this week finds that Africa is losing its lions, fast.  The lion population in Africa declined from 100,000 to about 32,000 over the last 50 […]

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Ending AIDS Begins with Africa

December 1, 2012 A visit to the African Solutions to African Problems projects at Mamohau and Itekeng

Can AIDS be eliminated in our lifetime? US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thinks so. Just in time for World AIDS Day, December 1, Secretary Clinton has unveiled a blueprint […]

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Endangered Speedster of the African Wild

November 13, 2012 Cheetahs in Masai Mara

They’re beautiful, they go from zero to 60 miles an hour in three seconds, and they’re endangered.  Cheetahs—the race cars of the wild—have declined since 1900 from more than 100,000 […]

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Tackling Blindness in South Sudan–Preserving and Restoring Sight

November 5, 2012 John Dau Foundation Children in Duk

In Africa, loss of sight not only means a life of darkness. For many adults it means a loss of income and the ability to work, requiring dependence on family […]

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World Food Day Shines a Light on the Fight Against Hunger in Sub Saharan Africa

October 16, 2012 ecoagriculture-partners-photo1

Agriculture is the economic driver in rural areas of Sub Saharan Africa. More than three decades ago, the United Nations named October 16 World Food Day in honor of the […]

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Today is A Day to Recognize Girls

October 11, 2012 Carolina_for_Kibera__maggie's_-_Maggie_McDowell_kids

A global campaign to support the empowerment of girls has led to the United Nations designating October 11th as the very first International Day of the Girl.  Aid for Africa […]

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Extending Compassionate Health Care Delivery in Africa

September 28, 2012 cancer-WHO2

In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, George W. Bush described the advances made in recent years in Sub Saharan Africa in HIV and AIDS treatment.  He noted that […]

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Building Literacy–Libraries are Changing Lives in Africa

September 7, 2012 Lubuto Library Project--working with OLPC donated laptops

Imagine you picked up a book and couldn’t read the words, went to take a medication but couldn’t read the instructions, or visited a new city and couldn’t read the […]

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Aid for Africa Scholar Helps Improve Nutrition in Northern Tanzania

August 20, 2012 Tufts Endowment Katrina Brink with Mom and Baby Tanzania 2012

As the summer draws to a close, Katrina Brink, the first Aid for Africa Scholar supported through the Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture at the Friedman […]

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Ritah’s Story– Defeating Adversity through Education, Fighting HIV/AIDs by Giving Back

July 29, 2012 Ritah Namwiza--Children of Uganda--AIDS2012

As the 19th International AIDS Conference ended this week, the delegates packed up, said their goodbyes and caught jets back to their home countries.  One of those delegates was Ritah […]

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Ending the Transmission of the AIDS Virus from Mother to Child—It Just Might be Possible

July 20, 2012 mothers2mothers Dambwa52

In the United States and Europe, every day one child is born with HIV.  In Africa, every day 1,000 children are born with HIV.  mothers2mothers is changing that. mothers2mothers (m2m), […]

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The Cradle Project—A Reminder of the 12 Million African Children Affected by AIDS

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Elise Warga–Turning the Tide on AIDS in Togo

July 8, 2012 Hope Through Health E Warda

For three decades, scientists, policymakers and nonprofit leaders have worked to end to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Less known, but as important, are individuals who live with the disease and […]

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Landscape Approaches Ease Conflicts and Promote Sustainable Development

June 29, 2012 EcoAgriculture Partners Kijabe

Farmers versus environmentalists. Rural food alliances versus tourism. Ranchers versus private industry.  Can we build alliances between them in Africa to increase food production? Boost rural incomes? Restore degraded land […]

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World Refugee Day: Recognizing Those Who Give Voice and Hope to the Most Vulnerable

June 20, 2012 refugepoint1

People around the world are fleeing their communities in search of safe places to call home.  On World Refugee Day, June 20, we especially recognize the more than 3 million […]

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Wolves, Okapis, and Painted Dogs – Oh my!

June 6, 2012 The Okapi is found only in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

African wildlife often conjures images of rhinos, zebras, or elephants. But there are hundreds of animal species that call Africa home.  For instance, did you know that wolves are native […]

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Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund Spotlight–Catherine Koyiah

May 30, 2012 catherine

Catherine Koyiah, College Sophomore: Beating the Odds Each year in Sub Saharan Africa, millions of girls fail to reach their potential. Barriers to education are often to blame. These barriers […]

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“Lost Boys” Clinic in South Sudan Celebrates Five Years of Health Care

May 23, 2012 South Sudan final 096

If you have been following the news from South Sudan you know this new nation confronts many challenges, including threats of renewed warfare, extreme poverty, and a shortage of government […]

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Keeping Population Growth in Check: How a High School Education Changes Everything

May 4, 2012 girls-classroom

The benefits of educating a girl in Africa are many—learning to read, write, and do simple math in primary (elementary) school are the first steps to better health, future employment, […]

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Earth Day—Uniting Voices Worldwide for a Sustainable Future

April 21, 2012 wbr-trees-for-bikes

Did you know that on April 22, 1970—the first Earth Day—20 million Americans demonstrated from coast to coast in the United States to call for a healthy, sustainable environment? For […]

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Will Technology Feed a Warming World?

April 18, 2012 ecoagriculture-partners-photo1

A recent blog noted that climate change will negatively affect African agriculture, particularly production of the most important staple crops– millet, cassava, rice (West Africa), maize, bananas and plantains. More […]

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World Health Day: How Can Sub Saharan Africa Have 25 Percent of the Disease Burden But Only 3 Percent of the World’s Trained Health Workers?

April 6, 2012 docs

On World Health Day, April 7, think about this: Sub Saharan Africa has 11 percent of the world’s population, bears 25 percent of the disease burden in the world, but […]

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World Water Day: Imagine if You Woke Up Tomorrow and No Water Flowed from Your Taps

March 22, 2012 World Hope Interntional Photo--Fresh Water

Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and no water flowed from your taps. How far would you have to walk to get to the nearest fresh water source? How long […]

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Empowering Development through Bicycles, World Bicycle Relief Reaches Half a Million People

March 16, 2012 world-bicycle-relief-3b

What is black, shiny, holds up to 200 pounds, is easy to repair, and transforms lives?  A bicycle designed and built for Africa by World Bicycle Relief!  The Aid for […]

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International Women's Day 2012: Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures

March 8, 2012 Green Belt Movement Women Food Security

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, when the world recognizes the achievements of women and the progress that still needs to be made. This year’s theme is Connecting Girls, Inspiring […]

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International Women’s Day 2012: Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures

March 8, 2012 Green Belt Movement Women Food Security

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, when the world recognizes the achievements of women and the progress that still needs to be made. This year’s theme is Connecting Girls, Inspiring […]

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Jumpstarting Africa’s Small Businesses

February 29, 2012 BOMA Fund Korr training program

Women attending a Boma Fund meeting. In 2013, the proportion of people in Sub Saharan Africa living on less than $1.25 a day was almost 51 percent – the highest […]

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Singing the Praises of Wildlife Conservation

February 22, 2012 isaac_munene

Aid for Africa does not often enough sing the praises of its members who are working to conserve wildlife in Sub Saharan Africa.  But, as you are about to read, […]

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Celebrating the Love, with Thanks

February 16, 2012 team-lip

In celebration of Valentine’s Day this week, all of us associated with Aid for Africa send our love and gratitude to our supporters, whose generosity with their time and money […]

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A Valentine to You from Africa

February 9, 2012 cacao pods

For many, Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolate— a product of the cacao tree.  Almost 70 percent of the world’s cocoa comes from Ghana, Ivory Coast and a few other […]

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Trash is Not Trash Until It Is Wasted

January 26, 2012 CFK- Trash for Cash

Many of us recycle our bottles and waste without ever seeing the tangible benefits. Although recycling is practiced far less commonly in Sub Sahara Africa, the recycling efforts of two […]

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Turning the Millennium Goals into Reality: Goal 6—Combat HIV, Malaria, and Other Diseases

January 13, 2012 icipe boy with malaria chart jpg

In the sixth blog post in our series about the UN’s Millennium Development Goals we focus on Millennium Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases. The targets of the […]

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Looking to a Brighter Future in Africa

January 3, 2012 World Hope International Man in Shop

When thinking about Africa, the facts that come to mind are often not good. Most Africans live on less than $2 a day. The average life span in many countries […]

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Can we save Africa’s lions and other big cats from extinction?

December 16, 2011

Panthera vice president George Schaller laments the demise of big cats in the December issue of National Geographic and asks if we as a people have the will to save […]

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Fulfilling the Principles of Human Rights Day

December 10, 2011

It is hard to believe that 63 years ago today, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration has served as the foundation for an ever-expanding […]

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Fulfilling the Principles of Human Rights Day

December 10, 2011

It is hard to believe that 63 years ago today, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration has served as the foundation for an ever-expanding […]

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Drilling for Water in Africa's Most Remote Regions

December 5, 2011

They did it!  World Hope International recently dug its 700th well and achieved its goal of providing 500,000 people in Sub Saharan Africa with clean water! World Hope and its […]

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Drilling for Water in Africa’s Most Remote Regions

December 5, 2011

They did it!  World Hope International recently dug its 700th well and achieved its goal of providing 500,000 people in Sub Saharan Africa with clean water! World Hope and its […]

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Recognizing Progress, Committing to the Future on World AIDS Day

December 1, 2011

AIDS orphans throughout Sub Saharan Africa are a focus of the work of many Aid for Africa members On  World AIDS Day, our attention turns again to Sub-Saharan Africa, which […]

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America’s Top Diplomat for Africa Bullish on the Continent’s Future

November 28, 2011

At the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson spoke on a range of […]

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Overcoming Barriers to Graduating from High School

November 15, 2011

In Kenya, where three quarters of all high school students never graduate, Aid for Africa member Kenya Education Fund (KEF) helps disadvantaged students beat the odds. There are a number […]

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Remembering a Legacy of Planting Trees and Building Lives

November 4, 2011

In our previous blog post on the 2011 International Year of the Forest we highlighted the importance of forests in Africa, which account for the livelihoods of more than half […]

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Turning the Millennium Goals Into Reality: Goal 5 – Improve Maternal Health

October 24, 2011

In the fifth blog post in our series about the UN’s Millennium Development Goals we focus on Millennium Goal 5: Improve maternal health. The UN goal is to ensure that […]

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New Digital Technology Hunts Down War Criminal and His Army in Central Africa

October 10, 2011

Communities across Central Africa are now better equipped to prevent and respond to atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) thanks to Aid for Africa member Invisible Children, which […]

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Community-Based Conservation Efforts to Protect Wildlife

September 22, 2011

Tomorrow, September 22, is World Rhino Day, when  international attention is raised about the senseless slaughter of these amazing animals due to the mythical belief held by many that rhino horn contains magical healing properties.

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Eliminating the Obstacles Keeping African Children Out of School

September 14, 2011

This September throughout the United States, school-age children picked up their books and lunch money and headed off to school. They look forward to doing that every year through their […]

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Education on Overdrive—Creating Sustainable Schools

August 26, 2011

In Uganda and Tanzania, students supported by Aid for Africa members are learning more than reading, science, and math.  They are learning how to make their schools sustainable. For the […]

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Turning the Millennium Goals into Reality: Goal 4—Reduce Child Mortality

August 15, 2011

In the fourth blog post in our series about the UN’s Millennium Development Goals we focus on Millennium Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality.  The UN goal is to reduce child mortality by two thirds between 2009 and 2015.

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Fighting East African Famine Requires both Immediate and Long-term Solutions

August 1, 2011

Food aid has begun to reach people in East Africa who are severely afflicted by the worst drought in 60 years. This emergency food aid is vital to prevent thousands […]

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Elephant Poaching on the Rise Again: Kenyan Government Burns Ivory to Raise Awareness

July 22, 2011

The Kenyan Government burned five tons of elephant ivory worth $16 million July 20 to alert the world to a recent surge in elephant deaths from poaching.

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Africa's Newest Country – The Republic of South Sudan

July 11, 2011

On July 9 the world welcomed its newest country and the 54th in Africa—the Republic of South Sudan.

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Africa’s Newest Country – The Republic of South Sudan

July 11, 2011

On July 9 the world welcomed its newest country and the 54th in Africa—the Republic of South Sudan.

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Turning the Millennium Goals into Reality: Gender Equality–Goal 3

July 6, 2011

US First Lady Michelle Obama drew the world’s attention to the plight of women and youth in Sub Saharan Africa during her recent trip to South Africa and Botswana. In […]

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Making a Difference on World Refugee Day and Beyond

June 20, 2011

In Africa today more than 3 million people are refugees—forced to leave their homes due to persecution, violence, or conflict. The UN Refugee Agency—UNHCR—says the refugee crisis is particularly acute […]

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Turning the Millennium Development Goals Into Reality: Part 2

June 8, 2011

In the second blog post in our series about the UN’s Millennium Development Goals we focus on Millennium Goal 2: Ensure that by 2015, children everywhere are able to complete […]

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Zeroing in on Farming in Africa as a Key to Long-Term Development

June 1, 2011

At a recent meeting of the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs, Bill Gates spoke of a new effort to help the farmers of Africa and South Asia build better lives […]

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