Africare helps Africa. Over the course of its 32 years, Africare has become a leader among private, charitable U.S. organizations assisting Africa. It is the oldest and largest African-American organization in the field. And Africa is Africare's specialty.

Africare's self-help programs assist Africans in the broad areas of civil-society development and governance, food security and agriculture, health and HIV/AIDS, and emergency humanitarian response. Africare now reaches families and communities in 26 countries in every major region of Africa, from Egypt to South Africa and from Senegal to Mozambique.

Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $350 million in assistance -- 2,000 projects -- to 35 countries Africa-wide. Africare was created by Africans and Americans, working as partners, and receives its financial support from one of the most diverse donor bases in the charitable world. A special area of concern today is the AIDS crisis. Every minute, another African child dies of AIDS. Millions of African children are AIDS orphans.

For more information, or to contact Africare, see their website at:

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Improving Children's Health Through Access to Clean Water in Uganda
01 Apr 04 | The lack of safe water for human use is one of the greatest problems affecting the health of children throughout Africa. Contaminated water results in intestinal infections that increase malnutrition and contribute to the severity of other illnesses.

In Chad: "Now We Are Seeing Results"
01 Mar 04 | In southern Chad, Africare is helping rural farmers become successful entrepreneurs by putting in place projects to enhance the ability of local communities to benefit from the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project.

Africare Teams with the World Health Organization, AMREF USA, and Medilinks to Sponsor Africa Health Day 2004
20 Feb 04 | Although Africa is the richest continent, it has historically been perceived as a continent of relentless humanitarian emergencies caused by political instability, disease, famine, and war.

Africare President Surveys Destruction in Liberia
12 Feb 04 | Recently returned from a week-long trip to survey the conditions in Liberia, Africare President Julius E. Coles represented American nongovernmental organizations at the International Reconstruction Conference on Liberia held by the United Nations.

New Members Join Africare Board of Directors
12 Dec 03 | Africare announces the appointment of five individuals to its Board of Directors. Two of the additions to the Board are new to Africare. African Coca-Cola executive and prominent African-American investment banker are among board appointments.

Shell and Africare Form Partnership to Launch $4.5 Million Health Care Program in Nigeria
14 Nov 03 | The Shell Petroleum Company of Nigeria Limited (Shell) and Africare today announced the signing of a partnership agreement to establish a $4.5 million health care program in Nigeria.

Africare President Julius E. Coles Receives Amistad Achievement Award in New Orleans
13 Nov 03 | Africare President Julius E. Coles was presented with the 2003 Amistad Achievement Award by the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, on November 1, 2003. The award recognizes Coles' contributions over the past 40 years.

2003 Africare Bishop Walker Dinner Honors People Involved in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS Worldwide
23 Oct 03 | The Africare Bishop Walker Dinner, the largest annual fundraiser for Africa in the U.S., honored people on the front lines of the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa and worldwide, while drawing attention to the successes and challenges of the crisis.

Humanitarian Emergency Worsens in Ethiopia
11 Aug 03 | At a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, August 6, Julius E. Coles, President of Africare, expressed increased urgency about Ethiopia's worsening food and health crises.

Africare to Honor Bill and Melinda Gates
30 Jun 03 | Accepting on behalf of Bill and Melinda Gates, Bill Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will receive Africare's 2003 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award on Thursday, October 9, 2003.

Board of Directors Appoints New Vice President for Africare
04 Apr 03 | The Africare Board of Directors has appointed a new Vice President to the Africare staff. Ms. Jeannine B. Scott has been selected to fill this position. She will begin her responsibilities with Africare on April 15, 2003.

Africare Assists Food Crisis Victims in Southern and Eastern Africa
19 Mar 03 | At a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 18, Julius E. Coles, President of Africare, reported on his recently completed trip to Ethiopia, where 14 million people face the threat of starvation.

Africare Launches $10 Million Health Program in Liberia
28 Jan 03 | Africare has formed a Consortium along with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHU/CCP) and the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) to launch an Improved Community Health Program in Liberia.

Africare Announces New Board Members
06 Jan 03 | Africare announces the appointment of six individuals to its Board of Directors, replacing previous members who rotated off the Board. The appointments include two who are rejoining the Board after a period of absence.

Africare, Other International Aid Organizations, Issue "Baltimore Declaration": "Massive Response" to African Famine Urged
05 Dec 02 | Africare joined 14 other U.S.-based international assistance organizations in calling attention to the current hunger crisis in Africa, at a news conference in Baltimore, Md., on Tuesday, December 3.

2002 Africare Bishop Walker Dinner Celebrates African Economic Partnerships
07 Nov 02 | he Africare Bishop John T. Walker Dinner, the largest annual fundraiser for Africa in the United States-celebrated hope and self-determination in Africa, emphasizing the Dinner's theme: and the American Private Sector: Partners for the Common Good.

Africare President C. Payne Lucas to Retire
14 May 02 | , announced today that C. Payne Lucas, President of Africare for the past 31 years, will retire from the staff this summer -- to be succeeded as President by Julius E. Coles: a 28-year veteran of the U.S. Agency for International Development, ...

Announcing! The Africare HIV/AIDS Service Corps
07 May 02 | African Volunteers to Combat AIDS in Their Own Communities... Africare announced today the formation of its Africare HIV/AIDS Service Corps: a creative initiative to support HIV/AIDS prevention-and-care efforts by African volunteers, for the ...

Africare Assists Victims of Malawi's Food Shortage
22 Feb 02 | Vice President Malewezi, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and Catholic priests are among those appealing for immediate emergency food assistance for Malawi. To contribute to Africare's Malawi Relief Fund, visit Africare's Web site at ...

Africare Assists Victims of Nigeria Explosions
06 Feb 02 | Africare is providing supplies to refugees, now homeless and destitute, in the wake of the explosions in Lagos, Nigeria on January 27, 2002. With other assistance agencies that are addressing emergency food and health care needs, Africare is ...

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