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
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.
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.
You can give back AND tell the world how they can help with one of Africare’s color-themed t-shirts! The t-shirts come in a variety of colors and themes that spread the Africare mission. Get your shirt today at www.supportafricare.org
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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!