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2012 Top Accomplishments

Below is a selection of accomplishments of Aid for Africa’s member organizations during the year. With such a range of organizations it is difficult to provide everything and to organize what we do provide succinctly. Please understand that each statistic represents hundreds and thousands of individual stories of lives changed and progress made. Nevertheless, we believe these accomplishments provide an understanding of how Aid for Africa’s small grassroots member organizations leverage big results. A complete list of the Aid for Africa members who contributed can be found here. Our 2013 accomplishments will be published in March 2014.


  • 220,000 pregnant woman and new mothers living with HIV received mother-to-child transmission prevention, blocking the disease’s exponential growth.
  • 3,000 women in 13 countries underwent fistula surgery, with an additional 100,000 women benefiting from prevention services.
  • 70,000 adults and children received HIV testing, anti-retroviral treatment, or medical care for HIV/AIDS.
  • 13,000 people across six countries received leprosy treatment, training, and socioeconomic services.
  • 7 million people benefited from malaria control programs across nine countries.
  • $2 million of surplus medical supplies were sent for hospital use in nine countries.
  • 95,000 people received preventive treatment for cholera and learned how to prevent other infectious diseases.
  • 400,000 individuals in 900 communities in eight countries benefited from community-based education programs focused on health, including ending female genital cutting and child marriage, human rights, and democracy.
  • 50,000 rural, orphaned, and vulnerable children and 11,000 families received nutrition, education, and psychological support.
  • 1,100 teachers and medical students and residents received continuing education, professional development, and mentoring.
  • Rural community health workers and peer mobilizers received 500 African-ready bicycles.


  • 2.25 million books were distributed to more than 410,000 students at schools, libraries, and learning centers, many of which previously had none.
  • 1,000 primary school scholarships, 400 to girls, and approximately 3,000 secondary scholarships, 1,200 to young women, were awarded.
  • 1,250 students were supported in African colleges, more than 350 of them women.
  • Seven African students studying at the college and graduate level received scholarships to study in a range of animal conservation programs.
  • Students, teachers, and school volunteers were provided with more than 6,000 bicycles, approximately 4,000 of which went to girls, providing previously unavailable safe transportation to and from school.
  • 5,500 students used new schools, classrooms, latrines, libraries, and equipment that provided safe, clean, healthy places to learn.
  • Volunteers helped Zambian teachers and youth create 700 computer-based, mother-tongue literacy lessons in seven major Zambian languages.

Economic Development

  • 1,700 civil service organizations reached approximately 165,000 individuals through a free online platform for networking, reputation building, and information sharing.
  • 70,000 women and children in nine countries benefited from entrepreneurial, agricultural, health, first aid, and childcare training, that reduced systemic poverty and increased income and food security.
  • Small business owners, farmers, and others in five African countries purchased 14,000 bicycles created for Africa’s tough terrain allowing them to expand their businesses.
  • 85 men and women were trained as bicycle mechanics.
  • 6,000 women received business skills training, seed capital, microfinance loans, and independent banking services.


  • 3 million tree seedlings were planted in eleven countries, with 2 million planted in the forest, public spaces, and private lands of Kenya alone.
  • 500,000 acres of forests were conserved in Tanzania and Kenya, an area nearly 600 times the size of New York City’s Central Park.
  • 1 million people were provided access to clean water, due to newly constructed or rehabilitated boreholes, gravity-fed systems, hand-dug wells, and latrines across 13 countries.
  • 500 reservoirs, hand-dug wells, latrines, and other water distribution projects were constructed or rehabilitated.
  • 50,000 subsistence farms and orchards benefited from alternative and environmentally friendly pest and soil fertility management technology.
  • Created hospital, clinic and school gardens that will provide nutritious foods for thousands of patients and students.
    Social Justice
  • 2,000 refugees who faced death in their home country were resettled in safe countries.
  • Provided services to thousands of refugees returning to South Sudan.
  • Provided support and expertise for to initiate a commission of inquiry hearing for more than 100 killed and injured miners who protested at a platinum mine in Marikana, South Africa.

Wildlife Conservation

  • Protected scores of lions by training former lion hunters to become community guardians.
  • Researchers identified two healthy new packs of endangered Ethiopian wolves—a rare event given the vulnerable of Africa’s only wolf species to rabies transmitted by domestic dogs.
  • Designed, created, and distributed 750 faux leopard capes to replace leopard capes worn in certain religious ceremonies and reduce the killing of leopards.
  • Reduced elephant poaching in Zambia to four elephants, down from 20 in 2011.

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