April 2011

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Wildlife conservation in Africa is critical. Panthera conserves the world’s wild cats, including the imperiled African lion, cheetah, and leopard. They do it by working with local people and partners with international nonprofits, scientific institutions, and local/national governments. One example of how this all comes together: the Pan-African Lion Corridor that protects key lion habitat and connects core lion populations in order to preserve the species’ genetic diversity.  The unique Lion Guardians Program in East Africa trains local Maasai warriors to serve as the front line in reducing human-lion conflict. View Panthera’s groundbreaking work on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

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Aid for Africa is a unique alliance of U.S.-based charities and their African partners dedicated to helping children, families, and communities throughout Sub Saharan Africa. Our grassroots programs focus on health, education, economic development, arts & culture, conservation, and wildlife protection in Africa.

This issue focuses on three Ws: World health, Water, and Women–three issues most Aid for Africa members tackle daily. In this edition, we profile some of our members transforming lives for the better in these areas.

Member Updates

World Health: Celebrated on April 7, World Health Day has special significance in Sub Saharan Africa where there is 25 percent of the world’s disease burden, but only 3 percent of the world’s healthcare workers providing treatment. Many member organizations are helping to narrow this gap, including The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, which sends senior U.S. medical students to serve the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon, West Africa. The result: 35,000 outpatient visits each year. Learn more.

drinking waterWater: Providing safe drinking water to the millions in need in Sub Saharan Africa is a challenge taken up by charity: water, A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, and other member organizations. Who benefits the most? Women and children who traditionally travel long distances each day to fetch disease-ridden water. Learn more.

Women: The political and economic struggles of women in Africa are daunting. Education is the key. The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund works to increase the number of girls and young women who go to school and stay in school by funding small agile Aid for Africa member organizations embedded in communities. Education works: just ask Caroline or Ann. Learn more.

Members In the Media

Transforming Africa through Higher Education
When Patrick Awuah left his native Ghana in 1985 to study abroad, he had no idea of what he would achieve back home 13 years later–Ashesi University College, a private, liberal arts college in Labone, with a small class of 30 and big dreams of transforming Africa. Read more.

Fighting War and Waging Peace
On Rye Barcott’s way to serving in the Marines in Iraq, the Carolina for Kibera founder learned more about ethnic violence and how to prevent it when he moved into the Kibera slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya. Read more.

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Upcoming Member Events

August 27: World Bicycle Relief and the Chicago Cubs are sponsoring a 100-mile charity bike ride from Wrigley Field in Chicago to Miller Park in Milwaukee. Half of donations raised will help distribute 50,000 bikes to children in Zambia who often walk more than 12 miles to get to and from school.

Through October: Invisible Children is going on the road to promote its recently completed movie “Tony” and is looking for organized groups to sign-up for a free screening. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about their daring work to rehabilitate child soldiers in Central and East African countries.

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