January 2010


The New Year marks a milestone anniversary for Africare – 40 years of development on the African continent, four decades of partnering with African communities to build strong, healthy communities through long-lasting, sustainable programs. This month’s feature Pass It On! story highlights Africare’s work over the decades and our commitment to improving lives and building futures for families and communities across Africa.

Four decades ago a small, dedicated group of volunteers laid the foundation of an organization that would soon become a leader in development aid and humanitarian assistance to Africa. The year was 1970. Western Africa was in the midst of one of the most severe droughts in its history. Crops could not grow; people and animals were dying; thousands of villagers fled their homes in search of water. The famine forced then President Hamani Diori of Niger to look for a new kind of assistance organization, one that would link Africa and America and be a means by which African-Americans, in particular, could become directly connected with their motherland.
A small group of American volunteers responded to the call. These original volunteers combined to create a new type of relief organization, one that would go where the need was greatest and partner with communities on the ground to build strong, sustainable societies. Fittingly, they called this new organization – Africare. 
Here you can read a detailed account of Africare's humble beginnings and the vision that takes us to communities that exist “where the road ends.” 

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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:

February 2010
Prefet Ibrahim Katiella 
March 2010
Queen Ogar
April 2010
Fatimata Yero

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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!
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Office of Development
Office: 202.328.5334

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