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Accomplishments

2015 Top Accomplishments

Below is a selection of accomplishments of the Aid for Africa alliance made possible by donors to Aid for Africa and its member organizations. These numbers are approximate and conservative.  They represent thousands of individual stories of lives changed and progress made. We believe these accomplishments convey how Aid for Africa’s grassroots member organizations leverage big results.  Find the Aid for Africa members that contributed to this list here.

Education

  • 2.3 million books were distributed throughout Sub Saharan Africa to schools, libraries, and learning centers.
  • 4,000 school scholarships awarded to children and young adults, from elementary through university levels, with a majority of the scholarships being awarded to girls and young women.
  • 1,300 men, women, and young adults received vocational training in areas such as entrepreneurship, agriculture, and computer science.
  • 330,000 students benefited from new classroom construction, new libraries and laboratories, and improved infrastructure.

Health

  • 2.7 million people had access to and or received general health services throughout Sub Saharan Africa.
  • 116,000 HIV+ women participated in mother to child prevention programs.
  • 6,500 women received fistula surgeries and healthcare workers were trained in 18 African countries.
  • 123,500 women received female specific health care, including screening for cervical cancer.
  • 146,000 adults and children received HIV testing, anti-retroviral treatment or medical care for HIV/AIDS.
  • 10,000 people received leprosy treatment, training, and socioeconomic services in six countries.
  • 908,000 people benefited from malaria control programs in 13 African countries.
  • 8.5 million people benefited from improved sanitation and education on good hygiene practices throughout the region.
  • $2.2 million worth of medical supplies were shipped to 9 African countries, including Liberia and Sierra Leone, countries deeply affected by Ebola.
  • 30,000 youth received and had access to sex education.

Economic Development

  • 850,000 people benefited from community empowerment programs for community-led development initiatives to expand social progress.
  • 12,600 people received microloans/micro-financing to aid in new business ventures.
  • 15,000 people, including 10,000 women, participated in and benefited from financial, business, and marketing training programs.

Environment

  • 14.2 million trees were planted throughout Sub Saharan Africa.
  • 735,500 acres (297,645 hectares) of African forests were conserved.
  • 135,000 people received training on preserving their environment and creating livelihoods through tree planting, including nursery establishment, agroforestry and sustainable land management.
  • Over 139,000 farmers received training in new agriculture techniques and participated in projects that ranged from increasing crop yield to sustainable farming practices.
  • Over 3,000 fuel-efficient, low emission stoves were distributed.

Water Access

  • 1,246,800 people received access to clean water from newly constructed or rehabilitated boreholes, gravity-fed systems, and hand-dug wells.
  • 4,100 water projects were completed, ranging from bore holes, water wells to latrines.

Agriculture

  • 96,000 farmers in eight countries learned alternative and environmentally friendly pest and soil fertility management technologies.
  • 20,000 people received training on establishing nurseries and forest garden management.
  • 3,000 people benefited from farming and livestock cooperatives and household gardens in Burundi and Kenya.

Social Justice

  • 16,000 refugees throughout Sub Saharan Africa in life-threatening circumstances were protected.
  • 65 trafficked women and children in Sierra Leone and Liberia found sanctuary and new lives.

Wildlife Conservation

  • 30,000 African lions were the focus of research and protection throughout the continent.
  • 5,500 people received wildlife conservation training.
  • 5,000 faux leopard capes were distributed to replace leopard capes worn in certain religious ceremonies and reduce the killing of leopards.
  • Thousands of animals, including African wolves, cheetah, elephants, Grevy’s zebra, lions, leopards, okapi, painted dogs and rhino, were studied and protected in Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.