International Fund for Africa
Issue: VII September 2010 
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue
IFA Granted NGO Status in Ethiopia
IFA Selected as Beneficiary of T-shirt Sales Campaign to Stop World Hunger
IFA Meets with Ethiopia's President
IFA talks Health and the Environment with a Coalition of NGO's in Ethiopia
Best Friends Animal Society and Animal People Join IFA for a Tour of Vet Clinics in Addis Ababa
IFA & BFAS Meet with President of Ethiopia
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IFA Granted NGO Status by Government of Ethiopia

The Government of Ethiopia's Charities and Societies Agency has granted "Non-Governmental Status" (NGO) to the International Fund for Africa. NGO status confers privileges including tax exemptions, certain exemptions from customs duties and the VAT (value-added tax)  and the legal rights to enter into contractual agreements as an organization.  The change in status also enables International Fund for Africa to more effectively partner with other NGOs, governmental agencies, corporations and institutions. "NGO status further legitimizes our important work here in Ethiopia.  It's critical to accomplishing our goals" stated Anteneh Roba, MD, IFA's President and Co-Founder.  The NGO denomination enables International Fund for Africa to better utilize resources for projects currently underway in Ethiopia.

IFA Selected as Beneficiary to Conducive Chronicle's "Create Solutions for World Hunger" T-Shirt Sales Campaign

International Fund for Africa has been chosen, along with Vandana Shiva's Navdanya Project in India, as a beneficiary of Conducive Chronicle's "Create Solutions for World Hunger" campaign.  Conducive Chronicle, a social entrepreneurial media company dedicated to exploring alternative and concrete ways to create positive social change and make the world better, is initiating an online T-shirt sales campaign. Proceeds from the sale of the organic cotton, eco-friendly T-shirts, tanks, tops and hoodies will benefit IFA's work to address the chronic hunger problem in Africa. Photos, pricing and purchase information pertaining to the T-shirt sales can be found at   International Fund for Africa is honored to be selected as a recipient and asks for the public's help in ending world hunger through the purchase of a cruelty-free, eco and sustainable shirt.

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IFA Meets with Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis

International Fund for Africa (IFA) Founder and President Anteneh Roba, MD and IFA Co-Founder Seble Nebiyeloul, MHA met with Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis at Ethiopia's National Palace in Addis Ababa as part of an ambitious project aimed at helping homeless dogs that roam free in Ethiopia's capital city.  The risk of rabies to human beings and wildlife is high.  International Fund for Africa's meeting with President Wolde-Giorgis included an appeal for support for programs designed to vaccinate, spay/neuter and otherwise assist the homeless dogs of Addis Ababa.  In addition to the veterinary project, IFA discussed projects currently underway with President Wolde-Giorgis that include helping infants in the hospitals of Addis Ababa along with future projects that will assist people living in rural Ethiopia.

Anteneh with Girma

 Anteneh Roba with President Girma Wolde-Giorgis

IFA Talks Health and the Environment with a Coalition of NGOs in Ethiopia

IFA's President and Co-founder, Anteneh Roba, MD, spoke to a group of community leaders gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia about health and environmental issues that affect Africa.  The leaders represented ten non-governmental organizations operating in Ethiopia that focus on a wide variety of issues including the environment, women's issues, health and public welfare. 

Best Friends Animal Society and Animal People Join IFA for a Tour of Vet Clinics in Addis Ababa

International Fund for Africa Co-Founders Anteneh Roba and Seble Nebiyeloul were joined by Gregory Castle, a founding partner and acting President of Best Friends Animal Society, along with award-winning journalist and "Animal People News" editor Merritt Clifton for a tour of local animal clinics that provide vaccinations and sterilization surgeries for companion animals.  During a tour of three veterinary clinics in Addis Ababa, the group observed the surgical sterilization of a dog and interacted with local veterinary clinic staff.  Best Friends Animal Society and Human Society International have previously partnered with IFA in the rescue of homeless dogs and by providing financial assistance for a government program that sterilizes and vaccinates homeless dogs in Addis Ababa.  The purpose of the tour was to assess the homeless dog situation and to develop strategic partnerships with various governmental institutions to expand the current program to include the whole city of Addis Ababa.


Foreground Right: Merritt Clifton of "Animal People" and Best Friends' Gregory Castle observe sterilization surgery of a dog in one of Addis Ababa's veterinary clinics. 

IFA and Best Friends Animal Society Meet with President of Ethiopia

President Girma Wolde-Giorgis, Ethiopia's Head of State, supported joint efforts proposed by International Fund for Africa, Best Friends Animal Society and Humane Society International to expand an already existing project to  reduce dog over-population through sterilization surgeries for homeless animals. The project also seeks to vaccinate homeless dogs against rabies and protect human health.  The initiatives would reduce the associated risk of humans contracting rabies through  exposure to un-vaccinated dogs.

Seble Nebiyeloul,Anteneh Roba,Gregory Castle, Girma Wolde-Giorgis 

(L to R) IFA's Co-founders Seble Nebiyeloul and Anteneh Roba MD, Gregory Castle of Best Friends Animal Society and IFA's Shewaneh Kinfu meet with Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis (seated).