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Member Highlights

Young Heroes Foundation

Swaziland, a landlocked country surrounded by South Africa, has the world’s highest rate of HIV/AIDS. As a result, the country has 70,000 orphans and 15,000 child-headed households. Young Heroes Foundation serves as a lifeline to the children who are caring for their little brothers and sisters without any support. Young Heroes connects children to individual sponsors who provide the family with a monthly stipend that helps pay for schooling, food, and clothing. Young Heroes also provides medical care, including HIV treatment, and offers business training to children over the age of 18 to help them find work.

Carolina for Kibera

In the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, more than 700,000 residents live in extreme poverty. Carolina for Kibera works with youth leaders and groups from within the community to create far-reaching programs that benefit thousands.  Thanks to Carolina for Kibera’s medical clinic, 40,000 residents have access to healthcare. Through youth soccer programs that create ethnically mixed teams, the organization is helping to reduce ethnic tensions. And hundreds of students – mostly girls – are now enrolled in school thanks to Carolina for Kibera’s scholarship fund, which helps pay school fees and offers mentoring services.

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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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On his recent trip to Sub Saharan Africa, U.S. President Obama spoke of a commitment of the United States to bolster trade and investment programs through partnerships in Africa that will build on the continent’s improving economic growth. Helping to foster the entrepreneurial potential of men and women throughout Africa is what Aid for Africa is all about. Read how our members are making that happen.

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Women Are “Leaning In”
Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, has sparked widespread discussion about the value of women in the workplace. African women may have fewer resources than others, but they take full advantage when given opportunities. Alice Monje got her chance thanks to a loan she received in Uganda from Women’s Microfinance Initiative, an Aid for Africa member. She now owns a successful poultry business and can care for her nine children. Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda and The BOMA Project in Kenya are also helping African women “lean in.” Learn how    

New Opportunities for Men

It isn’t just about women. Aid for Africa members are providing opportunities for men to thrive and support their families in a variety of fields. World Bicycle Relief offers training on the sale and repair of bicycles. Wildlife Conservation Network enlists local conservationists to protect animals under threat from poaching. Village Enterprise provides small grants for business start-ups. Follow the careers of three men who benefitted from these programs and are building better lives for their families.

A New Start for Refugees
Women and girls make up more than 80 percent of refugees in Africa. The hardships they face include sexual violence and exploitation, early arranged marriages, and a lack of access to medical care and education.  Aid for Africa member RefugePoint, which helps to relocate African refugees in life-threatening situations to countries where they can rebuild their lives, restores these women’s lives and dignity. Want to know more?
Read about Edith, who survived the genocide in Rwanda, and Yar, who was one of 89 “Lost Girls” of Sudan

The End of Obstetric Fistula
In May, the United Nations designated a day to recognize the Campaign to End Obstetric Fistula for its progress in developing countries, particularly in Africa, to end this horrendous condition caused during childbirth. Aid for Africa members The Fistula Foundation, Worldwide Fistula Fund, and Family Care International work to help thousands of women who suffer from obstetric fistula. Writing in the New York Times this month, Nicholas Kristof recognized Worldwide Fistula Fund’s new state-of-the-art fistula treatment center in rural Niger, West Africa, and the work of The Fistula Foundation. The progress is real, and that’s good news for women in Africa.

 
Partnerships

To be more effective in their grassroots efforts, Aid for Africa members often share ideas and create partnerships. African Childrens Haven, which supports school girls in Tanzania with a flair for science, has partnered with the Tanzania Education Fund, which runs Nianjema High School in Bagamoyo.  African Children’s Haven is supporting two orphan girls who are taking advantage of Nianjema’s new science labs.

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