2013 Top Accomplishments

Below is a selection of accomplishments of the Aid for Africa alliance made possible by donors to Aid for Africa and its member organizations. These numbers are approximate and represent thousands of individual stories of lives changed and progress made. We believe these accomplishments convey how Aid for Africa’s grassroots member organizations leverage big results.  Find the Aid for Africa members that contributed to this list here.


  • 214,000 adults and children received testing for HIV, anti-retroviral or medical care for HIV/AIDS, in countries including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Gabon, South Africa, Togo, and Uganda, .
  • 124,000 pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV received mother-to-child transmission prevention throughout Sub Saharan Africa.
  • 492,000 people were served by malaria control programs across nine African countries.
  • 4,000 women in 19 African countries received fistula surgeries, including at the recently completed Fistula hospital in Niger.
  • 45,500 women benefitted from health services, including screening for cervical cancer.
  • 14,500 people across six countries received Leprosy treatment, training, and socioeconomic services.
  • 250,000 people living with HIV, AIDS, TB, and cancer in 13 African countries benefitted from U.S.–African partnerships providing palliative care.
  • 1,800 Tanzanians students studying to be doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and radiologists, received support.  
  • $2.4 million in surplus hospital medical supplies were sent to eight African countries.
  • Rural community health workers received almost 20,500 African-ready bicycles, which allowed them to deliver more care to more patients. 
  • 30,000 rural Kenyans participated in sex education and health “mobile classes” with a focus on HIV/AIDS. 
  • 36,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, and South Africa, South Sudan, and other countries received nutritional treatment and screening.
  • 3.2 million condoms were distributed to adults and commercial sex workers in Ethiopia.


  • 1.8 million books were distributed to more than 800 schools, libraries, and learning centers, many of which previously had none.
  • 1,800 primary school students throughout Sub Saharan Africa received scholarships throughout Sub Saharan Africa, almost 900 recipients were for girls.
  • 3,700 secondary scholarships were given, and more than half of them to girls.
  • 1,700 students were supported in African colleges, more than 900 were women.
  • Nineteen African students received scholarships or funding  to study at the graduate level, including five to study wildlife and conservation, 15 to study agricultural sciences, 15 to facilitate doctoral research, four medical doctors to complete their family medicine resident program, and three nurses to pursue palliative care.
  • Students, teachers, and school volunteers received more than 21,000 bicycles, almost 9,000 to girls, providing previously unavailable safe transportation to and from school.
  • 59,000 students were helped through new schools, classrooms, latrines, libraries, or new equipment in the classroom.
  • Innovative literacy lessons helped 650 Zambian children build reading skills in their mother tongue language. 
  • 1,000 at-risk youth participated in arts, drama, technology and motivational programs. 
  • 50,000 pairs of shoes were donated for children to attend school.

Economic Development

  • 656,000 people participated in community-related activities focused on understanding attitudes related to governance, health, education, economic growth, and the environment.
  • 12,500 women in ten countries benefitted from entrepreneurial, agricultural, health, first aid, and childcare training.
  • 20,000 women received business skills training, seed capital, microfinance loans, and independent banking services.


  • 11.8 million indigenous tree seedlings were planted in 15 African countries.
  • 133,000 individuals received training on preserving their environment and creating livelihoods through tree planting, including nursery establishment and management, agroforestry and sustainable land management.


  • 1 million people received access to clean water, due to newly constructed or rehabilitated boreholes, gravity-fed systems, hand-dug wells, and latrines across 14 African countries.
  • 1,500 reservoirs, hand-dug wells, latrines, and other water distribution projects constructed or rehabilitated in Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.


  • 100,000 subsistence farms and orchards benefited from alternative and environmentally friendly pest and soil fertility management technologies.
  • 300 farmers in Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Uganda increased food production and income from learning new sustainable agriculture skills, and some 400 farmers received training in agriculture adapted for the changing climate.

Social Justice

  • 4,400 refugees from ten African countries facing life-threatening danger were resettled in safe countries.
  • 10,000 individuals were helped through social justice programs in two African countries, including 5,000 people in rural communities in South Africa through legal representation for land disputes.

Wildlife Conservation

  • 13,335 Individuals received wildlife conservation training.
  • Protected scores of lions by training former lion hunters to become community guardians in East Africa and saw and increase in the lion population in Mozambique.
  • Supported the stabilization of Grevy’s zebra population in Kenya.
  • 4,500 faux leopard capes were distributed to replace leopard capes worn in certain religious ceremonies and reduce the killing of leopards.