December 2012

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, who are working with their African partners to make a difference!

Member Highlights

Akilah Institute for Women

Low-income women in Rwanda are pursuing three-year business degrees in hospitality, entrepreneurship, and information systems thanks to the Akilah Institute for Women, which pays up to 90 percent of their tuition. Students are instilled with core ethical principles and are all but guaranteed jobs through partnerships formed with the private sector. There are 100 women currently enrolled at their Kigali campus and there are plans to expand throughout Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Uganda in the coming years.

Medical Bridges

Medical Bridges
redirects surplus medical and surgical equipment in the United States to countries that need them. Items such as wheelchairs, scalpels, antibiotics, and exam tablesare donated from manufacturers, healthcare facilities, and individuals and are either hand carried by doctors and nurses travelling to developing countries or sent by ocean-freight. In 2012 amost $1.5 million in equipment was sent to nine African countries.


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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 2012 comes to a close, Aid for Africa and its members thank you for your interest in and support of our work. In each e-newsletter we highlight some of the many accomplishments of our members. During the year we shared stories with you about how our members and their partners are making a difference in the lives of so many throughout Sub Saharan Africa. These include how they are providing communities with clean water and reducing disease, loaning women the money they need to start their first businesses, helping a girl get an education, training a mechanic to repair bicycles and therefore provide for his family, and so much more. In this issue we bring you recent examples of the achievements of our incredible members. Please consider us in your year-end giving plans so we can have an even bigger impact in 2013. Happy Holidays!

Member Updates

Saving Africa’s Big Cats
Africa’s lion population has declined from 100,000 to about 32,000 over the last 50 years and cheetahs now number only 10,000 compared to 100,000 in 1900. The loss of natural habitat and poaching are the main reasons. Aid for Africa members Panthera, Wildlife Conservation Nework, Friends of Conservation–Friends of the Masai Mara, and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are working to reverse these declines by converting former poachers into conservationists and protecting their habitats from human development. Learn more about how cheetas and lions are being saved.

Supporting AIDS Orphans
On World AIDS Day, December 10, we were reminded that two-thirds of the world’s 34 million people living with AIDS are in Sub Saharan Africa. Every day Aid for Africa members deal with the realities of HIV and AIDS in their work. African Solutions to African Problems supports the children who have lost parents to AIDS through women-run community day-care centers that provide proper nutrition, healthcare, schooling, and psychological support to the orphans. Instead of housing them in orphanages, children live with their extended families while receiving needed services from the centers. Some 13,000 children have benefited and more than 700 women have received training in project management, financial oversight, and other practical skills. Learn more about the AIDS crisis in Sub Saharan Africa. Learn more about the AIDS crisis in Sub Saharan Africa.

Restoring Sight
More than three million African children under the age of five are blind and an estimated 43 million are threatened by vitamin A deficiency—a leading cause of blindness and vision problems. When the John Dau Foundation opened its Duk Lost Boys Clinic in South Sudan, the staff was overwhelmed with providing basic medical services to deal with illness. Soon they realized that blindness and vision disorders were prevalent. Now, the Foundation distributes vitamin A tablets to local villages to prevent blindness and performs surgeries for cataracts and glaucoma to restore sight to adults as well as children as young as two. Learn more about how John Dau Foundation is tackling blindness.


To be more effective in their grassroots efforts on the ground, Aid for Africa members often work together, share ideas, and create partnerships. For example, during 2012, The BOMA Project and Village Enterprise Fund together launched 360 micro-enterprises in Northern Kenya that provided sustainable incomes and savings for more than 1,000 women, who support more than 5,400 children, living in extreme poverty. The business model was originally developed by Village Enterprise. Businesses included small shops, bakeries, butcheries, and beaderies.

EcoAgriculture Partners is working with The Earth Institute at Columbia University on an initiative to develop a mechanism for farmers, governments, companies, and communities in East Africa to work together to increase food supplies and reduce environmental degradation. Called Landscapes for People, Food and Nature, this initiative will be a model for other partnerships throughout Sub Saharan Africa.

In the News
charity: water is one of seven non-profits selected to share $23 million in innovation grants from Google. The goal is to promote new technologies to solve seemingly intractable problems. Each winner was chosen because they produce highly measurable results.

Ashesi University Founder Patrick Awuah received the prestigious Innovation Award from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Since founding the university 20 years ago in his native Ghana, more than 350 students have graduated from cutting edge programs that address Africa’s needs and instill in their students strong ethical values.

South African Arthur Chaskalson, who helped end apartheid and defended Nelson Mandela in the Revonia trial in 1963, died this month. He was also a founder of a South African legal services center, which fights for justice for the poor and marginalized and is supported by South African Legal Services Foundation. Read more.

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