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In Africa a Little Help Can Go a Long Way

November 17th, 2017

When Mercy Senteu first began school in her home town of Kajiado, Kenya, she had two strikes against her. She grew up poor–one of five children–to parents who were traders […]

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Fighting the World Water Crisis One School at a Time

June 27th, 2017

Imagine going to school and having to get your drinking water from a dirty pond? Imagine needing to use the lavatory, but all the stalls were missing doors. Imagine there […]

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Children in Africa Draw their Dreams

June 14th, 2017

Do you remember when someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? What did you say? A police officer, a teacher, a pilot?  Poor children in […]

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When a Maasai Girl Graduates, Her Community Benefits

October 5th, 2016

When Abigael Simaloi Pertet finished fifth grade in 2003, she was faced with the possibility that she would not be able to return to school.  Her grandparents, who were a […]

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Redesigning African Student Thinking to Solve African Problems

July 29th, 2016

Think innovative startups are the domain of Silicon Valley and other “high tech” areas in the United States? How about Ashesi University near Accra, Ghana?  Since Ashesi began offering a […]

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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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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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Paying it Forward through Education

March 4th, 2015

Humphrey Luora grew up in the Kibera slums outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Something his father often repeated when he was growing up, has informed his life. That was: “No education, […]

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Expressing Love for Others on Valentine’s Day

February 11th, 2015

In Bantu, a language spoken in southern Africa, the word “ubuntu” means humanness or human kindness. It also represents a philosophy that implies human connectedness, which was articulated by Archbishop […]

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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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Bill and Melinda Gates Bust Myths about Development in Africa with Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” and the Science Guy

January 24th, 2014

In the past, Aid for Africa has written optimistically about Africa’s future. Others share our passion, particularly Bill and Malinda Gates.  In the 2014 Gates Annual Letter, the couple discusses […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Ending AIDS Begins with Africa

December 1st, 2012

Can AIDS be eliminated in our lifetime? US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thinks so. Just in time for World AIDS Day, December 1, Secretary Clinton has unveiled a blueprint […]

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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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Trash is Not Trash Until It Is Wasted

January 26th, 2012

Many of us recycle our bottles and waste without ever seeing the tangible benefits. Although recycling is practiced far less commonly in Sub Sahara Africa, the recycling efforts of two […]

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Looking to a Brighter Future in Africa

January 3rd, 2012

When thinking about Africa, the facts that come to mind are often not good. Most Africans live on less than $2 a day. The average life span in many countries […]

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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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Turning the Millennium Goals into Reality: Goal 4—Reduce Child Mortality

August 15th, 2011

In the fourth blog post in our series about the UN’s Millennium Development Goals we focus on Millennium Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality.  The UN goal is to reduce child mortality by two thirds between 2009 and 2015.

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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 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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Fostering Development from within a Community—The Value of Small Nonprofits

May 13th, 2011

Most people who view the Kibera slum of 1 million–with its burgeoning youth population–on the outskirts of Nairobi see a powder keg waiting to explode.  A few others, like Rye […]

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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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For the Love of Soccer

July 8th, 2010

As the World Cup winds down this week, we are left with images of the best teams in the world competing for the top honor in soccer in vibrant and […]

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