September 2016


Can Biochar Improve Rwandan Agriculture? Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar Wants to Know

Aid for Africa Scholar Jamie Fanous with Rwandan colleague.

With support from Aid for Africa’s Endowment at Tufts University, graduate student Jami Fanous is researching the benefits of biochar for small-scale agriculture. What’s biochar? READ MORE

Ending Child Marriage and Building Futures for Girls in Tanzania

Young girls learn about their rights and more through a mentoring

Marriage laws are changing in much of Africa in an effort to end child marriage. But laws are not enough. High school graduates supported by Aid for Africa member Nurturing Minds are creating clubs within communities to help young girls understand their marriage rights, learn about reproductive health and improve their financial literacy. LEARN MORE

Redesigning African Student Thinking to Solve African Problems

Students at Ashesi University are learning the art of startups.

“Design thinking,” which puts the user at the center of the solution when solving a problem is transforming Ashesi University’s campus into a hotbed of startups. First year students at Ashesi, an Aid for Africa member, are leaning the art of creative problem solving, which will help them become more effective leaders and problem solvers in Africa. READ MORE

It’s Not Just a Basket: Empowering Women Artisans in Africa

A sisal plateau basket made by a Rwandan artisan who received training through Indego Africa.

It looks like a beautiful blue basket. But don’t be fooled–it’s food, electricity and school fees for a family in Rwanda. Aid for Africa member Indego Africa is putting women in charge of their own lives by helping them use their artisan skills to make a living and support their families. READ MORE

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Thank you for Your Gifts to Aid for Africa!

As 2016 draws to a close, thank you for remembering Aid for Africa in your personal and workplace giving plans. Your gifts change lives!