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Dr. Julius Coles Africare


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Presentation about aid in Africa and achieving success in community programs. Given at the ICGFM DC Forum.

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Dr. Julius Coles Africare

  1. 1. Africare <ul><li>Delivering Humanitarian </li></ul><ul><li>aid and Economic </li></ul><ul><li>assistance to Africa </li></ul><ul><li>since 1970. </li></ul>Presentation by President Julius E. Coles
  2. 2. “ I regard Africare as one of America's greatest gifts to Africa. Your work, in every corner of our great continent, has sustained our own commitment to building a strong and free Africa.” Nelson Mandela Former President Republic of South Africa
  3. 3. Origins of Africare <ul><li>Founded in 1970 in response to The Great Sahelian Drought of 1968 which sparked a widespread food crisis in the country of Niger </li></ul><ul><li>Africare began relief efforts through food assistance and health care activities </li></ul>
  4. 4. Origins of Africare <ul><li>As conditions improved, Africare expanded its assistance from drought relief to long-term rural development, and extended its work into neighboring countries </li></ul>
  5. 6. Where does Africare work? <ul><li>SOUTHERN </li></ul><ul><li>REGION </li></ul><ul><li>Angola </li></ul><ul><li>Malawi </li></ul><ul><li>Mozambique </li></ul><ul><li>Namibia </li></ul><ul><li>South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Tanzania </li></ul><ul><li>Zambia </li></ul><ul><li>Zimbabwe </li></ul><ul><li>EAST/WEST </li></ul><ul><li>ANGLOPHONE </li></ul><ul><li>REGION </li></ul><ul><li>Burundi </li></ul><ul><li>Ethiopia </li></ul><ul><li>Ghana </li></ul><ul><li>Liberia </li></ul><ul><li>Nigeria </li></ul><ul><li>Rwanda </li></ul><ul><li>Sierra Leone </li></ul><ul><li>Uganda </li></ul><ul><li>FRANCOPHONE </li></ul><ul><li>WEST REGION </li></ul><ul><li>Benin </li></ul><ul><li>Congo </li></ul><ul><li>Burkina Faso </li></ul><ul><li>Chad </li></ul><ul><li>Cote d'Ivoire </li></ul><ul><li>Guinea </li></ul><ul><li>Mali </li></ul><ul><li>Niger </li></ul><ul><li>Senegal </li></ul>
  6. 7. Challenges Confronting Africa <ul><li>HIV/AIDS is decimating African societies, especially in Sub-Saharan. 72% of Global AIDS death are represented in this region </li></ul><ul><li>Rainfall is becoming increasingly unreliable. Currently, some 25 million people are facing starvation in southern Africa and the Horn of Africa </li></ul>
  7. 8. Challenges Confronting Africa <ul><li>90% of the world’s malaria deaths occur in Africa. Approximately 1 child dies every 30 seconds </li></ul><ul><li>The average African household where Africare is present is only able to produce 50% of their food needs </li></ul><ul><li>Political instability and civil war continue to disrupt development </li></ul>
  8. 9. How does Africare Help? <ul><li>Africare’s Philosophy: </li></ul><ul><li>We work with African communities, </li></ul><ul><li>not for African communities </li></ul><ul><li>We believe strong communities </li></ul><ul><li> are the answer </li></ul><ul><li>We work with everyone that </li></ul><ul><li> wants to help </li></ul>
  9. 10. Africare’s Priority Program Areas Health & HIV/AIDS Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Food Security & Agriculture
  10. 11. Health & HIV/AIDS Child receives oral vaccine
  11. 12. HIV/AIDS <ul><li>Strengthen the capacity of communities, NGOs, and governments to undertake HIV/AIDS programs </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate HIV/AIDS prevention into all development programs </li></ul><ul><li>Support indigenous responses to HIV/AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Implement workplace HIV/AIDS prevention programs for Africare staff and their families </li></ul>
  12. 13. COPE Community – based Orphan Care, Protection and Empowerment Project <ul><li>Areas of Operation: </li></ul><ul><li>Mozambique </li></ul><ul><li>Tanzania </li></ul><ul><li>Uganda </li></ul><ul><li>Rwanda* </li></ul><ul><li>Rwanda is currently a COPE country, but it is not included in our proposal for scaling-up school block grants. </li></ul>OVC: Orphans and Vulnerable Children
  13. 14. Children Served
  14. 15. Health <ul><li>Use locally accepted approaches to improve sustainable delivery of maternal and child health services </li></ul><ul><li>With local communities, plan and promote Behavior Change Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Establish partnerships that foster effective and efficient delivery of health services </li></ul>
  15. 16. HEALTH: Children being vaccinated
  16. 17. Health Improved Community Health Project (ICHP), Liberia Dec 2007 Report Largest Community Health Development Project in Liberia- A $10 million USAID funded project. GOAL: ICHP aims to increase the use of primary health care services through the participation of civil society. <ul><li>ICHP Manages 37 clinics in 3 counties </li></ul><ul><li>Africare offers support from essential drugs , staff stipends, medical supplies and equipment and, PHC services including reproductive healthcare :immunizations , childcare; nutrition; control of diarrhea disease in children ; etc. </li></ul><ul><li>ICHP developed malaria control BCC strategy for Liberia </li></ul>
  17. 18. Food Security/Agriculture
  18. 19. Food Security/Agriculture Goals: <ul><li>Main Goal: Reduce hunger and malnourishment in Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>GOALS: </li></ul><ul><li>Increase food security </li></ul><ul><li>(How long/where people can depend on getting their food) </li></ul><ul><li>2) Encourage Income generation. (Ways to make money) </li></ul><ul><li>3) Improve Nutrition (Better Health) </li></ul>
  19. 20. Food Security/Agriculture <ul><li>Food for Development works to reduce widespread hunger and </li></ul><ul><li>malnourishment on the continent of Africa through several Food </li></ul><ul><li>Security initiatives and development programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Africare Provides: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Credit to farmers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improved seeds and tools </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Training in food production and storage </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information on improving nutrition </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership training </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 21. Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Sudanese Refugee camp in Eastern Chad
  21. 22. Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Goals: <ul><li>Address both natural and man made emergencies </li></ul><ul><li>Provide food, shelter , and medical care to disaster victims </li></ul><ul><li>Plan for long term development after short term needs are addressed </li></ul>Tents at Gaga Refugee Camp in Eastern, Chad
  22. 23. Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Camp GAGA, Eastern Chad Camp STATS: 12 th UNHCR camp in Eastern Chad Number of Refugees : 15,000 + 52% are less than 14 yrs old 32% are women
  23. 24. TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY <ul><li>Democracy/Governance and Civil Society Strengthening </li></ul>Africare leads communities in identifying and fulfilling their governance needs
  24. 25. More Africare Program Areas <ul><li>Micro Enterprise Development </li></ul>Africare introduces backyard businesses to provide cash income for rural families
  25. 26. TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY <ul><li>Environmental and Natural Resource Management </li></ul>Africare teaches farmers to protect terracing from erosion
  26. 27. TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY <ul><li>Basic Education </li></ul>Africare works to brighten the lives of children through better access to basic education
  27. 28. TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY <ul><li>Water and Sanitation </li></ul>Africare has helped hundreds of communities to access potable water
  28. 29. Other Noteworthy Accomplishments <ul><li>Provided over $710 million in assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Carried out over 2,500 development projects benefiting millions of Africans in 35 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Currently there are 150 programs being carried out to reach families & communities in 25 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Responded on the front lines to virtually every emergency situation in Africa for the past three decades </li></ul><ul><li>Served as a bridge between Africans and African-Americans to heighten interest in Africa’s development issues and opportunities </li></ul>
  29. 30. For more information please contact: <ul><li>Julius E. Coles </li></ul><ul><li>President </li></ul><ul><li>Africare House </li></ul><ul><li>440 R Street, NW </li></ul><ul><li>Washington, DC 20001 </li></ul><ul><li>Tel.: 202-462-3614 </li></ul><ul><li>Web site: </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: </li></ul>