BEREMBEKE (NOVEMBER 19, 2014) – Today is World Toilet Day. It may not be considered a polite dinner conversation topic, but ensuring access to clean water and sanitation facilities like latrines is one of the most important global public health issues. Thousands in the developing world, primarily children, die every day of preventable water-borne illnesses. People are forced to walk for miles to fetch potable water.
Africare/Malawi’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene project has brought sanitation facilities as well as hygiene education to hundreds of school children in the Mulanje district. In addition, at this moment, three rural schools have benefited from the establishment of three freshwater boreholes, and two more schools from well repairs. School staff and children have rejoiced with the supply of this dependable source of fresh water.
These efforts help prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.
Sanitation & Hygiene Africare’s African field staff works directly with local communities to educate them on how to improve their health and empower them to spread improved health practices to their neighbors. In Senegal Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) education is a major part of these activities, and since the Ebola outbreak began Africare/Senegal trained all our field agents on Ebola prevention and gave them protection supplies. We’ve elaborated our health action plans to have WASH/Ebola Prevention activities implemented in all the villages where we work.
Africare/Liberia recently delivered a total of $180,000 in medical supplies to the two biggest hospitals in Bong County, Liberia.
Over 22 years in Liberia, Africare has used social and behavior change communication models to mobilize and work with more than 1,000 rural communities and villages. A critical aspect of these campaigns is ensuring that credible and respected community volunteers and community leaders are identified and trained to direct social mobilization efforts and provide education in their communities. This approach has been effective in overcoming the general population’s persistent denial of Ebola, a challenge that has fueled the spread of the disease.
President Yayi recognizes Africare for significantly reducing malaria infections and deaths among children under five years old
COTONOU, BENIN (October 2, 2014) – Children across the West African nation of Benin sleep safer at night and live healthier because a modest pilot program to decrease malaria-related deaths directed by Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, delivered such outstanding results it was rapidly expanded to span the entire country.
The floods that began in August 2011 and swept across the province of Sindh and parts of neighbouring Balochistan resulted in one of the most destructive disasters that Pakistan has experienced. More than five million people have been affected: 1.8 million people were left homeless and more than 2.2 million acres of crops were lost, resulting in agricultural losses of nearly $2 billion.
WASHINGTON DC - On April 20, 2011 in the Wassa Amenfi District of Western Ghana, Africare-Ghana held a commissioning ceremony in celebration of the completion of the Ghana Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Health (WASHH) Project, which was funded by a generous donation from President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Award. Africare President Darius Mans traveled to Ghana for the occasion. Special guest Stephen Axelson, the coordinator of Walk for Water, a 1k Walk/5k Run that raised money for Africare’s water and sanitation projects, also attended the ceremony.
Forty one years ago in the small town of Tikare, Burkina Faso, I woke up to my first day as a Peace Corps Volunteer to find a bucket of water outside my door. Since Tikare had no running water, that bucket of water generously provided by a twelve year old neighbor, Dabare Irenee was greatly appreciated. I had water to drink and to bathe and brush my teeth with.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer, I trained men (and one woman) how to dig water wells and how to shore up the wells' dirt walls with reinforced concrete to fully penetrate the ground water aquifer and to prevent deadly cave-ins.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is situated in Central Africa and has a population of approximately 69 million, about 47% of which (32 million) are under the age of 14. Problems with the economy, poor governance and armed conflict has led to a deterioration of living conditions in the DRC. The civil war which began in 1994 and subsequent armed conflict still on-going in the eastern region of the country has destabilized the entire country, crippling its economy. More than half of the population in the capital city of Kinshasa live beneath the poverty line.
Africare-Angola hosted American Idol winner Carrie Underwood for a special taping of "Idol Gives Back," a program which aims to raise money and awareness for children and families living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad.
The taping, which focused on initiatives to combat Malaria in Angola, debuted on the popular U.S. television show American Idol on May 12, 2009. Africare supports malaria prevention and control programs in ten countries across the African continent.
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"How grateful we are for the work Africare is doing!
Help Africare fight cholera in Zimbabwe by increasing communities' access to clean, safe water and proper sanitary facilities. Cholera cases and deaths are significantly increasing every day.
"The United Nations has described the situation in Darfur as a crisis of 'enormous proportions.' The survival of the hundreds of thousands of displaced is on a knife-edge" (BBC News, May 6, 2004). Ultimately, as the atrocities have continued, more than two million Darfurians have fled their homes - over 200,000 of them crossing from Sudan into Chad.
There, Africare responded.
Mr. and Mrs. Bonde live in Chivhaku village in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa: the region that is the world epicenter of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Every day, this family battles HIV/AIDS and its effects. Today, World AIDS Day 2007, Africare honors these parents as they care for the health and well being of two chronically-ill adult children and an extended family of five with assistance from Africare's Nutrition on Wheels Program.
CHIVHAKU, ZIMBABWE, December 1, 2007 - "I have a large family of nine," begins Mrs.
Africare's Male Empowerment Project in Zimbabwe is challenging traditional by increasing male involvement in home-based care services given to rural people living with AIDS. The project equips men with the training and support necessary to become effective secondary caregivers - encouraging a new generation of healthcare givers in Zimbabwe to be "man enough to care.
WASHINGTON, DC, September 10, 2007 ... November 11, 2005, was a landmark in African political history. It was the day the continent's first female head of state was elected.
November, 2006-- Africare President Julius E. Coles traveled to Liberia late November to review Africare's program work in the Bong and Nimba Counties. His visit centered on the status and development of program sites whose focuses coincide with Africare's two principal initiatives on the continent: Health & HIV/AIDS and Food Security & Agricultural. The Improved Community Health Project (ICH) and the Food Support for Community Resettlement & Reintegration Project (CRR) were the highlighted projects on his trip.
WASHINGTON, January 10, 2006--Africare is pleased to announce receipt of two generous grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which will support responses to drought and food crises in Niger and Zimbabwe. Funding in the amount of $1,022,686.00 will go toward two critical emergency programs which will address drought resistance crop production in both Niger (Improve Agriculture Production and Natural Resource Management) and Zimbabwe (Gokwe Integrated Recovery Action (GIRA)).
Help provide critical food and humanitarian relief to people in Southern Africa in the countries of Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia, facing drought and low food harvests.
The regional food crisis in Southern Africare is worsening significantly. Zambia declared a national emergency in December 2005, underscoring the need for increased donations for an estimated 1.7 million hungry people, while Malawi officials say 5 million people face serious food shortages, as staple maize prices are increasing exponentially.