April 2015



Mobile Phones Mean Success for Female Students in Tanzania

Sara and Warda, SEGA students, hold new mobile phones, which are key to their future success.

At SEGA Girls School in Tanzania, Aid for Africa member Nurturing Minds is empowering poor at-risk girls by supporting their high school education and ensuring each graduate has a mobile phone to use as they go on to higher education or start up their own businesses. When women have mobile phones, they are able to stay in touch with their families, conduct banking and receive health and business information. In short, mobile phones are one of the keys to success for enterprising young women.

The African Golden Cat: Rising Star of Videos and Photos

African golden cat in Gabon in front of stationary camera used to track this elusive animal. Photo credit: David R Mills/Panthera/WCS

When you think of wild cats you probably don’t think of the African Golden Cat, an elusive creature that lives in the tropical forests of Africa. In recent months scientists captured these difficult-to-find animals for the first time on film in Uganda’s Kibale National Park. Remote cameras are providing new information about the habits, numbers and overall status of these cats in the wild. Aid for Africa member Panthera supports research to study these and other wild cats that are threatened by deforestation and hunting.

Is the End in Sight for Ebola and AIDS? What about Malaria?

Medical Care Development International is working to reduce malaria-related illness and death in Sub Saharan Africa.

According to health professionals, the Ebola crisis in West Africa may be eradicated by the end of 2015 and AIDS by 2020. But malaria is a complex disease that persists due to evolving drug-resistant malaria strains and mosquitoes that are adapting to the insecticides found in bed nets. Ninety pecent of all malaria deaths occur in Africa, mostly among children under five years of age. Experts say that progress in ending malaria will require public and private efforts, including from organizations like Medical Care Development International and The Touch Foundation, Aid for Africa members on the front line of malarial control and prevention.

Read the full stories and other stories about Aid for Africa’s work at https://www.aidforafrica.org/blog


Aid for Africa Member Spotlight: The Green Belt Movement International


A woman harvests passion fruits in her farm, ready for the market.

Started by the late Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who saw their streams drying up and their economic opportunities disappearing, The Green Belt Movement has changed more than landscapes. Today, more than 4,000 grassroots community groups – mostly led by women – are planting trees to protect the environment and provide diversified sources of income for their families. Since 1977, more than 51 million trees have been planted. At the national level, The Green Belt Movement advocates for climate change and supports the protection of human rights, particularly those of marginalized women.

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