December 2011

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Hope Through Health

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Hope Through Health believes that health is a human right, including for those living with HIV and AIDS. It has pioneered a model to provide the highest standard of health care to individuals living in poverty by empowering local communities through equal partnerships with medical professionals and international donors. The result is a dynamic structure guaranteed to respond to patient priorities. HTH provides comprehensive medical care and psychosocial support to more than 2,000 individuals living with HIV and AIDS in the Kara region of Togo, West Africa.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy


Lewa Wildlife Conservancy USA is a catalyst for wildlife and habitat conservation in Kenya in an area that includes the largest population of black rhino in East Africa and a quarter of the world’s remaining Grevy’s zebra. Lewa integrates wildlife conservation into the economic needs of local populations. Lewa also protects large numbers of buffalo, cheetah, eland, elephant, giraffe, gazelle, impala, and Burchell’s Zebra and initiates and supports conservation and development programs in surrounding communities.

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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.

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As we come to the end of the year, we want to thank you for your interest in our work. As December draws to a close, we look to Christmas, Hanukkah, and Quanza. But recall that December began with World AIDS Day, which highlighted the success the world has made in dealing with this devastating disease and what still needs to be done, particularly in Africa. Soon after, International Human Rights Day recognized the progress of humankind toward establishing the dignity and worth of all people and the journey still ahead for the world’s poor and downtrodden. As we enter 2012, we hope you will deepen your support for Africa and the work of Aid for Africa and its amazing member organizations.

Member Updates

Reaching a Clean Water Milestone
world-hopeWorld Hope International recently dug its 700th well and reached an important milestone of providing 500,000 people with clean water in some of Africa’s most remote regions. For many Africans their only sources of water are nearby rivers and springs frequently contaminated by animals, bathing, and otherwise poor sanitation. Local communities play a key role by using their knowledge of the topography to identify prime drilling spots and maintaining the wells once they are completed. Learn more

Helping to Pay for High School
In Kenya – where all high schools are boarding schools – three quarters of all high school students never graduate. Government-subsidized tuition covers only about a third of the overall costs, which isn’t enough for the average Kenyan family earning less than two dollars a day. The Kenya Education Fund makes up for this shortfall by helping more than 500 students in 240 high schools across the country pay for housing, text books, uniforms, and other necessities. Learn more

Celebrating Progress on AIDS and Human Rights
World AIDS Day on December 1 reminded us of the progress made over the last ten years in combating HIV and AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa due to prevention activities and services, which many Aid for Africa members provide. International Human Rights Day on the10th commemorated the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, which serves as the foundation for an ever-expanding system of rights and protections for all people. Aid for Africa member, Southern Africa Legal Services Foundation, upholds these principles by supporting two of Africa’s most renowned public interest law organizations.

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Help an African Girl Go to School and End the Cycle of Poverty
When women have more schooling, the returns flow to the next generation because educated women are more likely to have healthly children and to send their children to school. They are also more likely to enter the workforce and spend their earnings on their families.

But only one-quarter of all girls in Sub Saharan Africa ever reach high school. The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund wants to change this, but we need your support. Please make a donation that will pay for tuition, uniforms, books, and more. Help put African girls on the road to a better life!

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