Africare (Washington, DC)

12 March 2010

Africare to Receive Nobel Prize Money from President Obama

press release

Africare, the oldest and largest NGO working exclusively to provide development and humanitarian assistance to Africa is among 10 charities that will receive a portion of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize money awarded to him in October 2009.

“These organizations do extraordinary work in the United States and abroad helping students, veterans and countless others in need,” said President Obama. “I’m proud to support their work”

With more projects in Africa than any other U.S. based charity, Africare works to improve the quality of life for the people of Africa by assisting families, communities and nations in four principal areas—health and HIV/AIDS, food security and agriculture, water and sanitation, and emergency and humanitarian assistance.

Dr. Darius Mans, President of Africare remarked, “We are honored by this recognition of 40 years of building local capacity and achieving sustainable concrete results on the ground in Africa. We are encouraged to do double our efforts and do more to contribute to an already rising Africa.”

Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered nearly $1 billion for development projects to communities in 36 countries Africa-wide. The $100,000 donation from President Obama will enable Africare to continue working in partnership with the African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive lives and communities, and to be a leading voice addressing African development and policy issues.

Of every Africare dollar 93 cents goes to programs in Africa only 7 cents goes to administration. For more information on Africare visit www.africare.org.

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