April/May 2014


From #BringBackOurGirls to Action

Are there lessons from the hunt for Joseph Kony of the LRA that will help free the Nigerian girls captured by Boko Haram?

Should attending school mean you risk kidnapping and slavery? Boko Haram’s kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria reminds us of the equally evil Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which traumatized northern Uganda for decades. The hunt for LRA leader Joseph Kony, spearheaded by Invisible Children, an Aid for Africa member charity, may provide lessons as the world moves from #BringBackOurGirls to action. Read the blog.

Charity Plus Business Means Better Development

Buffalo bikes are sturdy vehicles designed, tested, and built for Africa’s tough terrain.

Done right, development means giving a hand up, not a hand out. One of the best examples is World Bicycle Relief’s Buffalo Bikes Ltd. This social enterprise business grew out of the rising demand within development organizations like Care and UNICEF to use World Bicycle Relief’s Buffalo bikes in their own development work. The result? A business that is providing manufacturing and mechanic jobs in Africa and is reaching more people with reliable transportation than through donations alone. Get the story about this Aid for Africa charity.

A Country Emerging From the Shadows

Students attending college through Generation Rwanda’s program expect to be Rwanda’s future leaders.

What African country lacking oil or diamonds experienced economic growth of 8 percent since 2010? Reduced the percentage of people living below the poverty line in the last ten years by 14 percent? Was ranked 32 out of 189 worldwide as a place that makes it easy to conduct business? Experienced one of the world’s worst atrocities in the modern era? Rwanda has made extraordinary progress in the last 20 years. Read how Aid for Africa organizations are supporting the progress.

Dirty Water Affects Health and Education

In Africa, students miss many days of school due to water and sanitation related illnesses.

In Africa almost 355 million people can’t get a clean drink of water, take a shower, or use a toilet. Dirty water leads to illness and death, but did you know it can affect education? Without access to latrines and clean water for hand washing, learning is compromised. Many students–particularly girls–drop out. A number of Aid for Africa member organizations are working with communities to change this. Learn what’s happening.


Spotlight on Nurturing Minds

Sega Girls School is nurturing minds.

In the East African country of Tanzania, only one child out of every five finishes primary school and continues to high school. Thousands of teenage girls drop out of school each year because of poverty, pregnancy, early marriage, or the death of their parents. Nurturing Minds, an Aid for Africa member charity, is working to change that through their support of Sega Girls School, where business and life skills are important parts of the curriculum.

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