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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.
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.
Water: 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.
Transforming Africa through Higher Education
Fighting War and Waging Peace
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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