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In 2009, Sub-Saharan Africa’s population reached 836 million people, almost half of whom live on less than $1 a day. Such widespread, extreme poverty is reflected in the region’s poor health care, lack of educational opportunities, and fragile infrastructure. Aid for Africa members support micro-credit projects, community training, sustainable transportation and other development programs. Click on the highlighted letters in the alphabet below to view members working on these issues.

Education For All Children

We provide talented, disadvantaged Kenyan youth with high school and university scholarships, intensive mentoring, leadership training and career preparation, enabling graduates to successfully enter Africa’s workforce.
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Solar Sister

Recruiting, training and mentoring women to run small solar light and clean-stove businesses in Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania in order to eradicate energy poverty in communities without electricity.
CFC# 77082

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African Food and Peace Foundation

Promotes community-based development projects in rural Uganda by providing financial and strategic resources. Our established partner organizations address education for women and girls, food security, agricultural innovation, and entrepreneurship.
CFC# 91656

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miraclefeet

Transforms the lives of children born with clubfoot through low-cost, nonsurgical treatment, enabling them to live active, productive, and healthy lives. Reaching 24,000 children and counting, our vision is a world free from disability caused by clubfoot.
CFC# 66319

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African Rural Development and Sustainability Organization

Creates hope for the poorest of the poor in African villages by locally manufacturing and distributing clean cook stoves, digging and repairing fresh water wells, and cultivating and distributing fruit trees to ensure a sustainable future.
CFC# 90593

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Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa

Educates impoverished girls, mostly orphans, through school scholarships in Malawi, East Africa. Provides innovative after-school leadership and school-to-work programs to ensure success and change lives.
CFC# 71831

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Water to Thrive

Brings clean, safe water to rural African communities. Builds wells and conducts hygiene, sanitation and maintenance training leading to long-term sustainability of the water projects. Supported by U.S. individuals, communities, congregations and schools.
CFC# 91057

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BEADS for Education

Improves the status of Kenyan girls through education. Maasai girls face early marriage as young as 15 often for lack of money for school costs. We link girls from 5th grade to college with educational sponsors. Our girls become teachers, nurses and more.
CFC# 83026

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ChildVoice International

Restores the voices of children silenced by war. Operates therapeutic communities for adolescent girls and their children providing trauma counseling, education and vocational training, with the aim to return them home empowered and transformed.
CFC# 93598

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H2O for Life

Provides clean drinking water and sanitation to African schools through programs with U.S. schools. Your donation will support water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH) to schools in Africa through our educational partner school campaign.
CFC# 80300

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Development in Gardening

Uses a community-driven approach to enable HIV-affected and other vulnerable African communities to meet their own needs and improve their own well-being through sustainable nutrition-based gardens and agriculture.
CFC# 67384

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Worldwide Fistula Fund

Restores and protects the health and dignity of the world's most vulnerable women and girls by healing and preventing devastating childbirth injuries through surgery, education & vocational skills, capacity building doctor training and community advocacy.
CFC# 82491

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Aid for Africa

Empowers poor African children, women and families to escape poverty through community-based self-help programs that improve health, expand education, create businesses, and protect wildlife.
CFC# 11069

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Women’s Microfinance Initiative

Empowering women across East Africa to improve their lives with business training, support groups and small business loans through village loan programs. Administered by local women, we have helped over 12,000 women and issued $4.5 million in loans.
CFC# 40340

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Tostan

Empowers African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights through holistic, participatory and non-formal education, ensuring that every person is able to live a life of dignity. non-formal education.
CFC# 23328

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Wildlife Conservation Network

Supports on-the-ground programs to save endangered elephants, cheetah, lions, painted dogs and other African wildlife and their habitats. We work to engage local people as effective wildlife stewards so that people and animals can coexist and thrive.
CFC# 63038

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Hope Through Health

We are ending preventable deaths of women and children in Togo, West Africa, by creating a primary healthcare system that works for those who need it most. We do this by integrating high quality community health workers with high quality health centers. 
CFC# 41924

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Africa Development Corps

Empowers African communities to achieve social and economic justice through grassroots programs in education and agriculture in conflict-affected regions of Liberia, Uganda and Rwanda assisted by skilled self-reliant international volunteers.
CFC# 10716

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Panthera

Conserving the world’s 40 wild cat species--including the African lion, cheetah and leopard--and their ecosystems. We strive to ensure a future for wild cats through effective global strategies led by the world’s premier cat biologists.
CFC# 84070

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African Childrens Haven

Helps African orphans and children living in extreme poverty lead healthier, more productive lives. Program priorities emphasize the education, well-being, and safety of young girls and the fight against female genital mutilation and childhood marriage.
CFC# 19142

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charity: water

Brings clean, safe drinking water to people in Africa and the developing world. Partners with local groups to build and maintain wells. Works where the need is greatest and monitors results for sustainability. So far, brought 7 million+ people clean water.
CFC# 79221

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Invisible Children

Works to end violence and exploitation facing our world’s most isolated, vulnerable communities, starting in central Africa. We support local African changemakers who connect communities, prevent violence, build resilience and sustain long-term solutions. 
CFC# 50299

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World Hope International

Works to holistically alleviate poverty, suffering and injustice in Africa and around the world through clean water, education, agribusiness, anti-trafficking, health and emergency relief initiatives.
CFC# 11639

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Trees for the Future

Plants trees in Africa and elsewhere through self-help reforestation and environmentally sustainable development projects. Provides technical training, planning, and tree seedlings to local groups.
CFC# 10715

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Tanzania Education Fund

Supports girls and boys, many of them orphans, through scholarships and the Girls' English Language Immersion Initiative. We provide students, teachers and the greater community with healthcare through the Modern Medics Tanzania Clinic.
CFC# 73512

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Medicine for Mali

Collaborates with partners in Mali, West Africa, in a sustainable approach to improve lives in the villages through medical aid, education, public health, micro-finance loans and clean water wells, while promoting friendship across cultures.
CFC# 12171

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Maasai Girls Education Fund

Works to improve the literacy, health, and economic well-being of Maasai women in Kenya through scholarships for girls and community education.
CFC# 11265

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Friends of Conservation – Friends of the Masai Mara

Fosters environmental stewardship in Kenya’s renowned Masai Mara– home to endangered elephants, lions, rhinos– as partners with the Maasai people to preserve this global treasure and ensure their communities continue to benefit from their natural heritage.
CFC# 11883

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EcoAgriculture Partners

Works with partners in Africa and around the world to develop and sustain landscapes that simultaneously enhance rural livelihoods, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, and sustainably produce crops, livestock, fish, and fiber.
CFC# 12367

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East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children

Helps women and children living in extreme poverty in rural Kenya to help themselves through high-impact, cost-effective health and education programs and small-business development.
CFC# 12297

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Carolina for Kibera

Develops and supports local leaders, catalyzes positive change and alleviates poverty in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Driven by local needs, our programs advance health, education, ethnic cooperation, gender equality and economic development.
CFC# 11016

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Alliance for African Assistance

Empowers refugees, immigrants and other struggling communities in Uganda and the United States to break the cycle of poverty and the legacy of war through resettlement support, educational sponsorships, and financial assistance.
CFC# 12364

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African Rainforest Conservancy

Supports grassroots projects that are saving African forests and building awareness of the environmental, economic, cultural and social importance of African forests in order to ensure they stay standing for generations to come.     
CFC# 46974

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A Glimmer of Hope Foundation

Fights poverty in rural Ethiopia with a holistic approach to change. We apply 100% of donations directly to projects that lift up families and help create thriving communities. Since 2000, we have helped more than 5 million people change their lives.
CFC# 31756

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