July 2012

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Development in Gardening


Did you know that the most common cause of death for people living with HIV in Africa is malnutrition? On a continent that has traditionally suffered from malnutrition and food insecurity, the HIV epidemic has further compromised the health of its people and its overall socioeconomic development. Development in Gardening (DIG) builds understanding about the importance of good nutrition in a comprehensive care program for people with HIV. DIG helps communities create sustainable, organic agriculture practices and build gardens for schools, hospitals, and homes to supply nutritious produce.

Worldwide Fistula Fund


The Worldwide Fistula Fund (WFF) is the oldest nonprofit in the United States specifically devoted to fistula eradication. This year it opened the Danja Fistula Center in Niger, West Africa, to provide women in one of the most underserved countries, with the services they need to restore their health. The WFF is dedicated to helping the millions of women who suffer from obstetric fistula in Africa. Obstetric fistula, a debilitating injury that occurs during childbirth, often results in women becoming ostracized by their families and communities.

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Aid for Africa is a unique alliance of U.S.-based charities and their African partners dedicated to helping children, families, and communities throughout Sub Saharan Africa. Our grassroots programs focus on health, education, economic development, arts & culture, conservation, and wildlife protection in Africa.

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Moving Forward in the Fight Against AIDS

This month leaders in the fight against AIDS gather in Washington DC for the 19th International AIDS Conference. Each organization in the Aid for Africa alliance, whether working in education, healthcare, agriculture, small business creation, or conservation, experiences the consequences of AIDS every day. Together, Aid for Africa member organizations are contributing in big and small ways to support those living with AIDS and in this month’s newsletter, we salute those efforts.

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Empowering Local Leaders

aidsHope Through Health is empowering local leaders to turn the tide on AIDS in their communities. More than half of Hope Through Health’s staff is HIV positive, yet they work diligently to provide comprehensive care and treatment for its four clinics in Togo. Elsie Warga is an example of the best of that model. Learn more

Ending Mother to Child Transmission

In Kenya, mothers2mothers is scaling up to the national level its grassroots model that incorporates “mentor mothers” — women with HIV who counsel other mothers on how to keep their babies HIV free. When governments are willing to work to incorporate effective grassroots efforts into national programs, the number of people benefiting can be greatly expanded. Learn how m2m is leveraging its grassroots sucesss.

Providing Refugee Care

There are more than 3 million refugees in Africa and the numbers are increasing. A number of Aid for Africa members provide assistance to those fleeing war, drought, and persecution. RefugePoint, a new member of Aid for Africa, provides vital services to some of Africa’s most vulnerable populations – including those affected by HIV and AIDS. RefugePoint focuses on individuals that have fallen through the safety net of humanitarian assistance and helps to relocate the displaced and exiled so that they can rebuild their lives with dignity. Alliance for African Assistance, African Services Committee, and Southern African Legal Services Foundation also provide vital services to refugees in need. Learn more about Aid for Africa’s focus on refugees.

In the News

Actor Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, visited Ethiopia with charity: water last month. The couple has supported the organization’s work to build wells in African countries with minimal access to clean water for years, and have raised about $790,000 for charity: water’s work.

In remembrance of the millions of children orphaned by AIDS in Africa, Aid for Africa and the Firelight Foundation are co-sponsoring The Cradle Project, an art installation at the Washington Studio School, showcasing 29 cradles created by artists across the U.S. on exhibit July 18 to August 3.
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Katrina Brink is the first Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. Katrina is working in Mwanza, Tanzania, to improve gardening and poultry husbandry techniques and nutrition. Learn more about the endowment’s history in Blueprint, a university publication.


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