February 2010


During Black History Month, we celebrate the Africare Story-- made possible by the united efforts of Africans and Americans working together to improve the lives of families and communities across every region of the African continent. Our feature Pass it On! story this month highlights the important role of African governments in our programs and the unique relationship that we share. It’s told directly by an official who remembers Africare when our work first began four decades ago.

The year was 1970. A severe drought was spreading across Western Africa in the nations of Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Niger and Burkina Faso. Crops could not grow; people and animals were dying; thousands of villagers fled their homes in search of water. As famine swept the Sahel, President Hamani Diori of Niger saw the need for a new kind of assistance organization which would link Africa and America and be a means by which African-Americans, in particular, could become directly connected with their motherland. 

President Diori’s initiative, in collaboration with four American volunteers, gave birth to Africare: a leader in development assistance on the African continent. Among the four Americans who answered President Diori’s call was Dr. William Kirker, a medical doctor who had been working in Niger. His practice was well known throughout the area – even by a young boy at the time, Ibrahim Tidjani Katiella, who now serves as Prefet of the District of Tera.
Here you can read a detailed account of Ibrahim's first experiences with a young Africare and its humble beginnings. 

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Africare's Approach
Africare helps Africa. A leader among private, charitable U.S. organizations assisting Africa, Africare is also the oldest and largest African-American led organization in the field — and Africa is Africare's specialty. Africare programs are in the following broad areas: health and HIV/AIDS, food security and agriculture, water and sanitation, humanitarian and emergency assistance, environmental management, women's empowerment, literacy and vocational training, microenterprise development, and civil society development and governance.
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Who's coming Next?
Pass It On! Story Line-up:
March 2010
Queen Ogar
April 2010
Fatimata Yero

May 2010
Innocence Dgate

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What is Pass It On!?
It's Africare's new campaign to connect YOU to people overcoming major issues impacting the African continent, issues like unsafe drinking water, food insecurity, and the growing number of children orphaned by AIDS.
Each month, the campaign will bring you a new powerful testimony told directly from the individuals who see, work with, or benefit from Africare‘s assistance on the ground. Each story is packaged in a format that is ready to “pass on” to a friend or someone you know through video, social networks, and even your phone!
Get started now! Africare is on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter!

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For more details, contact the Office of Development
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