International Fund for Africa
Issue: XLV           
November, 2013
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
IFA Participates in Ethiopia's 15th Annual Review of Its Health Programs
IFA Becomes Eligible for Funding through the US Federal Matching Program
IFA Partners with Abune Basilios Primary School To Expand Vital Nutrition Program
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Animal Welfare Conference Meets in Ethiopia

IFA attended the annual national consultative conference on animal welfare organized by The Animal Welfare Working Group (AWWG) the event was recently held on the campus of Haromaya University in Haromaya, Ethiopia. This year's theme on "legislation for the better protection of animals" focused on the need for greater regulation to ensure that domesticated animals are being treated properly, and highlighted the importance of protecting and caring for the country's wildlife. The meeting was attended by 150 participants from Ethiopian universities, charity organizations, and nearby communities. Some of the conference presenters, many of whom hold doctorates in veterinary medicine, centered their presentations on animal welfare issues facing Ethiopia today, ranging from the incidence of elephant poaching to the mistreatment of domesticated donkeys. Others spoke on concrete ways to promote animal welfare in the country, including speaking to schoolchildren and introducing effective legislation to combat the prevalence of animal abuse and mistreatment in Ethiopia. AWWG is currently working on crafting legislation that would increase the quality of life of animals in Ethiopia.

 

IFA Becomes Eligible for Funding

Through the US Federal Matching Program

We are excited to announce that IFA is eligible to begin receiving donations through the Federal Matching program for NGOs beginning in May 2014. U.S. federal employees receive a brochure of participating NGOs, which will list IFA's name and website, as well as a description of our programs. Employees then have the opportunity to donate to their preferred organization. Beginning in May 2014, IFA may receive monthly checks ranging from a few hundred dollars to potential millions of dollars. This incredible opportunity will increase our national presence in the United States, and allow us to gather the resources necessary to continuing and expanding our vital work in Africa.

 

IFA Partners with Abune Basilios Primary School

To Expand Vital Nutrition Program

Each year, countries across the world offer school lunch programs to students suffering from malnutrition, yet approximately 23 million children in Africa continue to arrive hungry at school each day. Weak, hungry, and frequently suffering from illness brought on by lack of proper nutrients, these children are unable to make the progress in school necessary to build a different future for themselves.

 

In Ethiopia, 44% of children have stunted growth from chronic malnutrition, and other diseases resulting from an inadequate diet too often lead to a child's death. To combat this stunning problem, school health and nutrition programs have been implemented across the country. These incredibly effective programs help eliminate hunger and its effects, while also encouraging families to keep their children in school, yet today they serve only 5% of primary school age children.

 

IFA has undertaken a new commitment to helping Abune Basilios Primary School, an urban school in Addis Ababa, expand and maintain their School Health and Nutrition Program. Currently, only 50 of the 3500 students of Abune Basilios benefit from the school lunch program, yet many more arrive each day lacking the food and nutrition they need. Our comprehensive proposal for the program details our plan to carefully select those children in greatest need; teach good health and hygiene practice; provide essential health services such as food high in micronutrients and deworming medicines (many children suffer from worms that lead to anemia and inability to absorb nutrients); establish partnerships with the school and surrounding community; and rigorously monitor the program over time.