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Member Highlights

African Childrens Haven

Africa’s future rests with its children, and projects developed and run by local communities produce long-term results. These are the two principles that guide African Childrens Haven, which supports grassroots programs to help local children living in extreme poverty lead healthier, more productive lives. Programs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania range from science scholarships for orphaned girls with a talent for math and science, refuge and schooling for girls fleeing female cutting and early marriage, to support for homeless kids who otherwise would go hungry and not be able to attend school. 

Trees for the Future

Many people in developing countries live on degraded land where it is difficult to grow food, collect firewood, or make a living from the land. Grassroots programs supported by Trees for the Future help people living on degraded land to improve their lives through environmentally sound development. Trees for the Future works around the world and in a dozen African countries to plant trees and improve land.  With the their help, more than 300,000 families have planted more than 60 million trees.


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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During the last quarter, Aid for Africa has reached out to you through our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and email to keep you informed about our work and the work of our members. Here are more highlights to bring you up-to-date.

Member Updates

March for the Elephant
Did you know that an elephant is killed for its ivory every 15 minutes? Aid for Africa and its members Wildlife Conservation Network and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are working to stop the slaughter.     

Girls Education
Just a year after she was almost killed for supporting girls’ education in her native Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai has a new book, I Am Malala, and is traveling in the U.S. in support of girls’ education. The Aid for Africa Girls Education Fund supports girls who otherwise would not have the chance to attend school.  With the help of the Fund and Aid for Africa member The Boma Project, Josephine Sabina Lekuton received scholarship funding to complete her vocational training. According to Josephine, with this education she will be able to “help myself and my family.” Read more

Female Circumcision Declining in Africa
A new report by UNICEF finds the practice of female genital cutting is declining in Africa, but that 30 million girls are still at risk.  Aid for Africa member Tostan has been working to end the practice in West Africa, which has led to the abandonment of the practice in hundreds of communities in Mali, Guinea, and The Gambia. Read more

Aid for Africa-Sponsored Scholar in South Sudan
Aid for Africa Scholar Jacqueline Lauer spent the summer in rural South Sudan studying why malnutrition persists despite interventions.  Her research in two remote areas in Warrap State in South Sudan was undertaken with support from the Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture at Tufts University’s Friedman School. Read more


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In the News

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Forbes: Panthera Chairman Tom Kaplan Featured

Wall Street Journal: Museum for African Art
Expands into the New Africa Center

New York Times: Jeffrey Sachs of The Earth Institute at Columbia University Sees the End of Poverty Soon

New York Times: charity: water Takes Millionaire Tech Moguls on Field Trip

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