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"Africare helped us to discover ourselves, the potential that lies within us. And this was real education. We are creating our own jobs rather than waiting for someone to create jobs for us."
― Salome Monareng
By 2007, longstanding wars in Angola, Liberia and Sierra Leone had ended, and reconstruction was underway. Food crises arose in various regions of Africa. The need remained great for food, water and environmental assistance. Traditional indices of health had improved — Africa's infant and child mortality rates had decreased by 40% since 1960; and 15% more Africans had access to safe water since 1990. Yet HIV & AIDS had engulfed the continent in what is probably the worst pandemic in history.
Africare responded. HIV & AIDS assistance took center stage, and Africare's work continued to address the range of basic human needs continent-wide.
In June 2002, Africare's president* of 31 years, C. Payne Lucas, retired, and Julius E. Coles became the third president of the organization.
"There are no Africare programs, only African programs." That core approach — articulated at Africare's outset — has remained unchanged. Listen to the people.
Early 1970s: "The task undertaken by Africare is immense"
Late 1970s: "Courage to stand firmly against great odds"
Early 1980s: "We need Africare to spread all over Africa"
Late 1980s: "A crucial threshold"
Early 1990s: "I profoundly believe in Africa"
Late 1990s: "The cusp of a new millennium"
Since 2000: "There are no Africare programs, only African programs"
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