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Can Biochar Improve Rwandan Agriculture? Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar Wants to Know

September 16th, 2016

In a village about an hour outside of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Jamie Fanous wanted to know if there was a simple way to improve Rwanda’s agriculture for subsistence […]

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Empowering Women Artisans In Africa: It’s Not Just a Basket

May 6th, 2016

It looks like a basket—a beautiful blue basket.  But don’t be fooled–it’s food, electricity and school fees for a family in Rwanda.  It’s a mother’s hope for her children’s future. […]

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Maasai Woman Beats Odds to Attend Medical School

March 25th, 2016

Aid for Africa has identified the education of girls and women as a key objective of our mission.  Educate a woman and you educate a nation, so the African saying […]

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African Moms Escape Poverty with their Children in Tow

February 24th, 2016

As the sole provider for her family, Daate Inyakh of northern Kenya once struggled to feed her six daughters. She was one of the ultra-poor women living in drought-threatened arid […]

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Aid for Africa Scholar Tracks Community-Led Nutrition and Health Efforts in Rwanda and Kenya

October 7th, 2015

This past summer Dianna Bartone, the fourth Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar, traveled to Gicumbi, Rwanda, and Nairobi, Kenya, as part of her graduate work in nutrition and public health […]

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Two African Women Beat the Education Odds

September 1st, 2015

It’s back to a new school year for children throughout much of the world this month. In many countries in Africa, students lucky enough to attend school are in the […]

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Is it Possible to “Graduate” from Poverty? New Research Says Yes

June 3rd, 2015

In a world where extreme poverty seems insurmountable, it is refreshing to be part of an alliance of organizations that are effectively making a difference in the lives of people […]

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Mobile Phones Mean Success for Female Students in Tanzania

March 31st, 2015

At a rural girls’ school in northern Tanzania, staff know that education is the first step to empowering their students. Ask them what the second step is, and they will […]

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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 Taste of Life and Development in Kenya on the National Mall

July 1st, 2014

Where in the United States can you sample traditional Swahili dishes, learn about living and working with African wildlife, view art converted from waste materials and get your groove on […]

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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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Is Celebrating Women the Wrong Approach?

March 6th, 2014

It’s time to move beyond “celebrating” the progress we have made in women’s rights and start doing something about consolidating women’s rights.  Nowhere is that more important than in Africa […]

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Is there Progress in Africa’s Battle against AIDS?

December 1st, 2013

Are we winning the battle against AIDS in Africa? Thanks to efforts by governments, international donors, and civil society, many experts believe we are.  According to UNAIDS, in 2012 the […]

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Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar Returns from Tracking Malnutrition and Hunger in South Sudan

October 30th, 2013

In July the Aid for Africa blog highlighted Jacqueline Lauer, the Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar at Tufts University’s Friedman School, who conducted research this summer in South Sudan with […]

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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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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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The Unseen Face of Refugees

June 20th, 2013

At first glance, this child looks like a typical African girl. But there’s more to her story than the picture reveals. She is a refugee struggling to survive in the […]

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Recognizing Obstetric Fistula So We Can Eliminate It Once and For All

May 23rd, 2013

Can you imagine a pregnant woman you know going into labor, experiencing an unexpected obstruction, and having no medical personnel to help?  If she survived, she would, no doubt, have […]

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Women in Africa "Lean In," Taking a Page from Sheryl Sandberg's Book

April 24th, 2013

With the recent launch of Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, discussion of the value of women in the workforce has blossomed. It’s clear […]

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Aid for Africa Girls Education 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 raised […]

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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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Despite Conflict in Northern Mali,Village Needs Are Met by Aid for Africa Charity

February 8th, 2013

Recently, the African country of Mali has made international headlines as French and Malian forces seek to oust Islamist rebels from the northern part of the country. The conflict in […]

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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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Extending Compassionate Health Care Delivery in Africa

September 28th, 2012

In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, George W. Bush described the advances made in recent years in Sub Saharan Africa in HIV and AIDS treatment.  He noted that […]

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Aid for Africa Scholar Helps Improve Nutrition in Northern Tanzania

August 20th, 2012

As the summer draws to a close, Katrina Brink, the first Aid for Africa Scholar supported through the Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture at the Friedman […]

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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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Ending the Transmission of the AIDS Virus from Mother to Child—It Just Might be Possible

July 20th, 2012

In the United States and Europe, every day one child is born with HIV.  In Africa, every day 1,000 children are born with HIV.  mothers2mothers is changing that. mothers2mothers (m2m), […]

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World Refugee Day: Recognizing Those Who Give Voice and Hope to the Most Vulnerable

June 20th, 2012

People around the world are fleeing their communities in search of safe places to call home.  On World Refugee Day, June 20, we especially recognize the more than 3 million […]

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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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International Women's Day 2012: Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures

March 8th, 2012

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, when the world recognizes the achievements of women and the progress that still needs to be made. This year’s theme is Connecting Girls, Inspiring […]

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International Women’s Day 2012: Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures

March 8th, 2012

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, when the world recognizes the achievements of women and the progress that still needs to be made. This year’s theme is Connecting Girls, Inspiring […]

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Jumpstarting Africa’s Small Businesses

February 29th, 2012

Women attending a Boma Fund meeting. In 2013, the proportion of people in Sub Saharan Africa living on less than $1.25 a day was almost 51 percent – the highest […]

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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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Making a Difference on World Refugee Day and Beyond

June 20th, 2011

In Africa today more than 3 million people are refugees—forced to leave their homes due to persecution, violence, or conflict. The UN Refugee Agency—UNHCR—says the refugee crisis is particularly acute […]

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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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Zeroing in on Farming in Africa as a Key to Long-Term Development

June 1st, 2011

At a recent meeting of the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs, Bill Gates spoke of a new effort to help the farmers of Africa and South Asia build better lives […]

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Zeroing in on Farming in Africa as a Key to Long-Term Development

June 1st, 2011

At a recent meeting of the Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs, Bill Gates spoke of a new effort to help the farmers of Africa and South Asia build better lives […]

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Remembering Less Fortunate Mothers

May 6th, 2011

Being a mother is never easy, but in Africa it takes on a whole new dimension. Save the Children’s new report on the best and worst countries for motherhood says […]

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Great Ape Trust Recognized for its Research Efforts with Bonobos and Chimpanzees

April 29th, 2011

Aid for Africa member Great Ape Trust has two reasons to celebrate.  In Iowa, the Trust’s Sue Savage-Rumbaugh was named one of the TIME 100 for 2011 for her work […]

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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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Focus on Women: Ugandan Finds Calling as a "Gorilla Doctor"

March 11th, 2011

Aid for Africa member Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) has a new veterinarian–Dr. Racheal Mbabazi.  Racheal graduated from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, in 2010 with a degree in veterinary […]

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Focus on Women: Ugandan Finds Calling as a “Gorilla Doctor”

March 11th, 2011

Aid for Africa member Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) has a new veterinarian–Dr. Racheal Mbabazi.  Racheal graduated from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, in 2010 with a degree in veterinary […]

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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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