2008 News

Africare Media Kit

Africare Media Contact:
Nicole Miles





2008 Africare News Releases and Media Coverage


"Partner makes Perfect"
Washington, DC, December 15, 2008­--- The December 2008 issue of “SmallBiz,” a Business Week Publication, featured Africare in an article alongside Bob’s African Wines as the ‘perfect partnership.’  Africare has joined hands with Bob's African Wines to raise money for its programs on the continent of Africa.  Learn more >>  


Africare Highlighted on the Diaspora Report
Washington, DC, December 12, 2008­— “The Diaspora Report”, a television program hosted by Linord Moudou, conducted an exclusive Interview with Africare President Julius E. Coles in early December for an in-depth look at the 2008 Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner, honoring U.S. President George W. Bush. The 45 minute feature aired on networks across the African continent and in London, UK. Watch now >>


Africare and Abbott Labs Celebrate World AIDS Day with Documentary Launch
Washington, DC, December 4, 2008­—In recognition of World AIDS Day, Africare, together with Abbott Labs, hosted a viewing and discussion of “Together We Can!” a documentary that aims to show a comprehensive approach to HIV/AIDS through the inspiring story of Ophelia Haanyama Ørum, an HIV/AIDS activist and author. Read More >>


Elsha Gives Back: How One Woman in Utah Brings Water to Africa
WASHINGTON, DC, November 26, 2008 — "My hopes and prayers are that someday ... everyone in the world will have the necessary fresh water they need to sustain life." Elsha Stockseth designs and sells holiday cards benefiting the cause of safe water in Africa. More >>


Africare President Appointed Board Member of the African Development Foundation
Washington, DC, September 30, 2008­— President George W. Bush has appointed Africare president Julius E. Coles to serve on the Board of Directors of the United States African Development Foundation. Learn More >>


Africare Showcases at The Black Family Reunion Celebration
Africare joined the African American community to celebrate the Black Family Reunion in Washington, DC. As an exhibitor, Africare highlighted its work on the African continent at the annual event which is recognized as the largest and most significant family affair in the USA. View Pictures >>


Blogging across East and Southern Africa:  Senator Frist visits Africare projects in Mozambique
Traveling throughout Mozambique on the way to Rwanda, Africare Board Member Senator Frist stopped to visit one of Africare’s HIV/AIDS Projects in the town of Vanduzi, Mozambique.  Read more about his visit and follow Sen. Frist on the rest of his journey to tell “the good story of Africa.”
Read Sen. First’s Blog>>
Watch a Video Blog of Sen. Frist's Journey>>


Africare Board Chair Receives Prestigious Peace Corps Award
Washington, DC, June 16, 2008-- Africare’s Board of Directors Chairman Frank Fountain has been awarded a Peace Corps Directors Award. The Award honors returned Peace Corps Volunteers of color who continue their commitment to community service and promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
View Peace Corps Press Release >>


Coles Nominated for African Development Foundation Board
Washington, DC, June 5, 2008-- President George W. Bush has nominated Africare President Julius E. Coles to serve on the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation. See White House press release for more details.
View White House Press Release >>


Africare President Joins Congressional Panel
Washington, DC, May 22, 2008—Africare President Julius E. Coles was invited to join a panel chaired by Congressmen Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) and Donald M. Payne (D-NJ) to comment on the recently released, seventh edition of the African Economic Outlook (AEO). Read more >>


Africare Launches Faith-based Campaign in Detroit
Washington, DC, May 21, 2008—Africare President Julius E. Coles was invited to join a panel chaired by Congressmen Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) and Donald M. Payne (D-NJ) to comment on the recently released, seventh edition of the African Economic Outlook (AEO). Read more >>


Africare President Julius E. Coles attends UN Meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Washington, DC, April 22, 2008­—Africare President Julius E. Coles recently attended a UN Millennium Development Goals business meeting in honor of the Washington visit of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Read more >>


Africare Donors Tour Health Projects in Africa
Washington, DC, April 21, 2008­— Africare donors recently returned from a tour of East and South Africa. This 16 day trip focused on Africare’s Health and HIV/AIDS programs in Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. Read more >>


Africare and British Embassy Celebrate Women's Empowerment in Africa
Washington, DC, March 10, 2008­—In recognition of International Women’s Day, the British Embassy joined Africare to launch the United Kingdom’s Executive Summary of an upcoming White Paper outlining policy recommendations on women’s empowerment issues in Africa. Read more >>


March 5 Speech: Africare President Paints Bright Future for Africa, Highlights Positive Changes
Washington, DC, March 5, 2008—Julius E. Coles, president of Africare, recently spoke as part of a series of talks on Global Health where he asserted that Africa’s prospects point to a bright future for the continent. Read more>>


Africare Celebrates Black History Month With African American Documentary Preview 
Washington, DC, February 28, 2008­—In celebration of Black History Month, Africare, together with the Embassy of South Africa, hosted the official documentary preview of  “A Positive Vision for Africa,” a documentary that aims to raise awareness of the hard work and determination of community organizations in Africa through the story of the South African township of Mamelodi. Read more >>


Archbishop Tutu Leadership Award Goes to Africare’s Sekai Chikowero
Washington, DC, February 19, 2008­— Ms. Sekai Chikowero, Africare Country Representative in Tanzania, has been awarded the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Award by the African Leadership Institute. The fellowship is awarded annually to 20 high-potential individuals from across Africa who have demonstrated strong leadership capabilities and who are favored to become leaders on Africa in their respective fields. Read more >>


President Bush and First Lady Visit Africare COPE Project in Tanzania
On February 15, 2008, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush landed in Tanzania where they visited several development projects to highlight HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention initiatives on the continent. The president's goodwill tour focused on the success stories of U.S. humanitarian aid in Africa.  Africare program activities were among several development projects visited during his tour. Read more >>

Malawian Emily Baziwell's Irrigation "Success Story"
February 2008—In August, 2003, Emily Baziwell found herself back in Mkolimbo, her mother’s village in Ntcheu District, with the responsibility of looking after not only her own four children but also her widowed mother and three younger siblings. Her only asset was the knowledge of irrigation ... Read more as reported by USAID (PDF, 380 KB) >>

Africare President Moderates Panel on Darfur
Washington, D.C., February 11, 2008—On February 8, 2008, five experts came together for a panel discussion at the National Press Club, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and The Economist magazine, to discuss policy steps that can be taken to bring peace to the region. Africare President Julius E. Coles moderated; and among the panelists were former Sen. Bill Frist, M.D., and actress/activist Mia Farrow.
• Read news release here >>

• View video of complete panel discussion here >>


The UPS Foundation Partners with Africare in Chad: $100,000 Grant to Support Darfur Refugees
Washington, D.C., January 15, 2008—The UPS Foundation today announced a $100,000 grant to Africare to fund improvements at Gaga Camp, located 60 km. from eastern Chad's main city of Abeche and home to thousands of refugees from the violence in neighboring Darfur, Sudan, as well as in the Central African Republic. Africare manages the Gaga Camp. Read more >>



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(Updated, December 19, 2008)