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

October 10th, 2014

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 […]

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A Country Emerging from the Shadows

April 8th, 2014

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

February 25th, 2014

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

October 11th, 2013

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 23rd, 2013

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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Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund Spotlight – Josephine Sabina Lekuton

August 21st, 2013

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 7th, 2013

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

June 24th, 2013

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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Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund Spotlight–Phoebe Amoako

March 29th, 2013

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

March 8th, 2013

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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New Test May Signal the End for a Biblical Disease

February 20th, 2013

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

January 9th, 2013

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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Today is A Day to Recognize Girls

October 11th, 2012

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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Building Literacy–Libraries are Changing Lives in Africa

September 7th, 2012

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

July 29th, 2012

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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Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund Spotlight–Catherine Koyiah

May 30th, 2012

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

May 4th, 2012

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

March 22nd, 2012

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 16th, 2012

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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Singing the Praises of Wildlife Conservation

February 22nd, 2012

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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Overcoming Barriers to Graduating from High School

November 15th, 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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Eliminating the Obstacles Keeping African Children Out of School

September 14th, 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 26th, 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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Africa’s Newest Country – The Republic of South Sudan

July 11th, 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 11th, 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 6th, 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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Turning the Millennium Development Goals Into Reality: Part 2

June 8th, 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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Focus on Women: Realizing a Girl’s Potential and Fulfilling her Aspirations through Education

March 30th, 2011

When Ann Musabe was 16 years old she was in high school in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and in need of support.  She found that support through Aid for […]

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Focus on Women: Changing a Young Woman's Story through Education

March 18th, 2011

Caroline Kashinin Senteu is one of only a handful of Maasai women in Kenya with a college education, and although her story began as the story of most Maasai women, […]

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Focus on Women: Changing a Young Woman’s Story through Education

March 18th, 2011

Caroline Kashinin Senteu is one of only a handful of Maasai women in Kenya with a college education, and although her story began as the story of most Maasai women, […]

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2011 International Women’s Day: Focus on Education and Training

March 7th, 2011

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day on March 8 is equal access for women to education, training and science and technology. Education and training are important components of Aid […]

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Building African Democracies with Books

February 21st, 2011

As the dust settles after events in Tunisia and Egypt, the hard part of building true democracies from the ground-up has only just begun. Established rule of law, a thriving […]

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A New Model for Helping South Africa's Most Vulnerable Children

February 2nd, 2011

The founders of the Ubuntu Education Fund in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, realized early on that that a fresh approach was needed to help the thousands of vulnerable South African […]

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A New Model for Helping South Africa’s Most Vulnerable Children

February 2nd, 2011

The founders of the Ubuntu Education Fund in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, realized early on that that a fresh approach was needed to help the thousands of vulnerable South African […]

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Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund — Helping girls go to school, stay in school, and succeed in life!

September 16th, 2010

Life is tough for many poor girls in Africa.  Culture and tradition often keeps them at home while their brothers go to school.  Some girls are forced to marry when […]

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The Power of Books

October 1st, 2009

Today’s Diane Rehm radio program featured the amazing story of a 14-year-old boy from Malawi, William Kamkwamba, who taught himself how to build a windmill out of garbage, bringing light […]

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