International Fund for Africa
Issue: XVIII

August 2011
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October 15-16, 2011
IFA co-founder and executive director will speak at The Second Annual European Conference for Critical Animal Studies in Prague,Czech Republic


October 27-29, 2011

IFA co-founder and executive director will speak at The National  Farm Sanctuary Conference in Washington D.C.

February 24 - March 3, 2012 International Fund for Africa is sponsoring a medical mission to Zemero, Ethiopia.



Due to unforeseen construction delays, the opening of the new modern neonatal (new borns') unit is being postponed for a couple of weeks. The unit will utilize one whole floor of the new four-story medical facility being build next to the original Yekatit 12 Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As mentioned in the July newsletter, IFA is donating the equipment for this unit. UNICEF has also made a donation to this unit. However, donations are still needed to complete the equipping of this important facility. Anyone wishing to make a donation of money or equipment should contact IFA through its web site at



IFA and its founding executive director, Anteneh Roba, have been named by Carpe Vegan on August 10th to its list of The 100+ Most Influential and Essential Vegans and Veganish for Building Our Culture Up and Out. The Vegan 100 is the Fortune 100 of vegan culture. It seeks to recognize those individuals and organizations that are influential and essential to making veganism more popular, viable and most importantly doable. It is a celebration of the multifarious aspects of vegan culture and the many interesting people whose efforts are helping to grow the movement. Carpe Vegan believes the vegan movement should be built on a solid foundation of awareness and appreciation of what fellow vegans are actually doing. The Vegan 100 as a way of building a stronger identity that instills pride in being part of a fascinating, ideologically diverse and incredibly relevant movement and philosophy.  More information about Carpe Vegan is available at its web site: 

Maia's Story 




MAIA (pronounced Mia) is of Greek origin meaning great; Mother. Friday August 13, 2011, a rescue plea comes out about a very scared, very pregnant dog that had been living under a car. An animal lover had seen this mommy dog and was very concerned, she had went to many of the neighbors asking if they would please help in getting this dog safe and the answer from all was "No", baffled by the lack of concern and assistance to help this poor mother dog she sends out the plea for help into the rescue network. Saturday August 14, 2011, I see the email and go to search for this mommy dog, after a bit of looking I find Mom with her newborn babies! She had found a place to have her babies, in a far corner in the backyard of an abandoned house, under a large piece of plywood. Because of the 5ft tall grass, weeds and amount of trash thrown back there they wouldn't have been easy to find but I heard the newborn babies cry, I was amazed I had actually found them.


This is were the rescue part really starts, a very protective mother dog with newborn babies; maybe one day old at most, she was not letting me near her newborn babies. It was a very LONG 7 hours trying to get them to safety. Horribly hot (104 degrees) the mother was starving and her babies were dying. Every attempt to try and get the babies; mommy would try and attack, this was going to be a very hard rescue. Shielding myself with most anything I can find to keep from being bitten allowed me to pull one pup at a time; I was at the count of three babies safe and two more to go when my next attempt found to be less successful. Mommy was terrified and scared and going to make sure nothing came to harm her newborn babies and she attacked, this time she won by giving me a pretty severe bite on the leg however, there was no giving up, the babies were dying in the heat. After resting for a bit and bandaging my leg it was back to trying to save the newborns. As they were taken to safety I was immediately giving tiny amount of sugar water to help with hydration. By the end of the 7 hours all five babies were safe and being given sugar water by eye dropper. Mommy had been captured and her aggression was escalated because she was separated from her children.


 Maia and babies were brought to my house where they are safe and being cared for, it's been a very long battle so far to try and convince Maia that I'm not going to hurt her or the babies. Who knows what she has been through? Sadly, on day two the smallest baby (Baby Hannah) was dying, Maia allowed me to take the baby but I was unable to save her, when she only had a short time to live I gave her back to her mother. A few hours later I went to see if I could take Baby Hannah and bury her but Mother Maia was NOT allowing me to take her dead baby. She was very depressed and grieving, she would sigh and lay her head on Baby Hannah. At the second attempt I was able to take the dead baby by distracting Maia; she looked for her in worry but has now accepted that one baby is gone.




This is Baby Hannah, her body is buried but I know she is a sweet angel in heaven. Hannah was less than 4 inches and only a couple ounces when she died. She probably didn't have much of a chance considering she was so tiny, the conditions of her birth and her malnourished mother. Hannah was too weak.

It's now Thursday August 18th and Maia is faced with fear everyday, even though I won't hurt her and I'm trying to help, her life has proven to be nothing but disappointments. She is letting me sit with her and at times even gently pet her. She is still very afraid and very protective. I looked for hours trying to find the perfect name for this mother dog and came upon the Greek origin of Maia and its meaning. Very fitting for this mother dog that will die in a moment to protect her young or sacrifice herself to keep away danger. I don't blame Maia for attacking and biting me, she's a mother who is faced with homelessness, fear, neglect, abuse, and had five babies to protect.  She had her priorities in order. I look forward to the day that Maia will want affection from me, to allow me to hold her and give her the love she may never have known. She will trust again because she isn't human, Maia is canine and that means that she doesn't know hate, greed, prejudice or competition. Maia knows to love unconditionally; this is why she will do whatever it takes to protect her children.


Please help the ones that can't help themselves, if Maia could have been rescued before she had her litter this would have been much better for mother and babies and Hannah may not be dead.

Animals are god's creatures, they live a much shorter life than humans, and they can teach us great lessons if we choose to learn.


Written by,

Robin Elliott



Cancer is largely a nutritionally preventable disease. In fact 35-60% of cancers are due to diet, yet most Americans are unaware of this fact.  Learning how your food choices can impact your health destiny can be empowering. It means you are not the victim of fate or genetics. While some people can eat right and still get cancer and others can eat poorly and live to a ripe old age, a healthy diet can dramatically reduce your risk factors.  If you or someone you know has cancer, please set aside blame. Thinking, "What could I have done to prevent my illness?" is not helpful. You're learning this now and with this information you have the power to change the direction of your health and your life.


In with the Good, Out with the Bad

Some so-called "experts" tell us that there are no "bad foods" and that everything is OK in moderation. I strongly disagree. There are bad foods. Moderation kills and one person's idea of moderation is another's idea of excess. It is also very easy to rationalize unhealthy "treats" on a regular, even daily basis. Foods that are high in fat and cholesterol, foods that are refined, full of sugar and chemicals are bad foods.

Foods to Avoid


Research shows that cancer is more common in populations that consume diets rich in meat and fat. Those populations who eat a lower-fat diet, low in meat and rich in fruits, vegetables and beans have a much lower risk of cancer. There are several reasons for this:

  • Meat contains no fiber.
  • Meat is high in fat, particularly saturated fat.
  • Meat contains heterocyclic amines (HCAs) - carcinogens that form when meats are cooked.
  • Meat is low or devoid of antioxidants and phytochemicals - powerful cancer-fighting compounds found in abundance in whole plant foods, especially fruits and vegetables.

Fish and eggs have qualities similar to meat. In fact, eating just egg per day increases your risk of cancer. In a case-control study done in Argentina researchers found that people consuming just 1 eggs per week had nearly 5 times the colorectal cancer risk compared with individuals consuming less than 11 eggs per year!   The more animal products we consume, the less room we have in our diets for nutrient-dense, whole plant foods.


The purpose of cow's milk is to facilitate the rapid growth of a baby cow. Cow's milk is quite different from human milk, but all animal's milk (including human milk) is designed to be consumed by infants at the beginning of life to facilitate rapid growth. Dairy products contain fat, protein, cholesterol, sugars, and growth hormones.

When we humans take cow's milk and concentrate it into cheese, we also concentrate the fat, calories, cholesterol and growth hormones present in milk. Several of the components in dairy products contribute to cancer growth.  The hormones in dairy products elevate our levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), a growth factor in our bloodstream which is a biomarker of cancer risk.

Casein - dairy protein - has been called by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, "the most significant chemical carcinogen ever discovered." When his research team placed casein in a test tube with cancer cells, they grew like crazy. When he fed lab rats a diet of 20% vs. 5% casein, he was able to, in effect, turn on and turn off cancer growth. In the largest population study ever conducted, Dr. Campbell and his team found that the areas in China where people consumed the most animal products also got the most cancer.

High-Fiber and Low-Fat

Fat raises levels of hormones in the body. Both fat on the body and fat in the bloodstream from dietary fat increases hormone levels. Elevated hormone levels increases the risk of cancer - especially breast cancer for women and prostate cancer for men. Avoiding animal products and vegetable oils like olive oil and margarine reduces cancer risk.

Fiber, found only in whole plant foods, helps rid the body of carcinogens and excess hormones. By eating a whole food, plant-based diet, our hormone levels will be adequate but not excessive.

Only plant foods contain fiber. Animal products contain none. Most Americans only consume 10-12 grams of fiber per day, while experts recommends 40 grams (you can't eat meat and then take fiber supplements - it doesn't work that way!)  

Cancer Fighters and Immune Boosting Foods

Antioxidants are the powerful cancer fighters found in abundance in vegetables and fruits. Eat a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables every day for maximum cancer protection. These antioxidants help protect against free radical damage - this is the damage that can lead to cancer development. Vegetarians have double the NK cells (natural killer cells that engulf and destroy cancer cells) compared to non-vegetarians.

The New Four Food Groups - Fruits, Vegetables, Whole Grains & Legumes

When planning a cancer prevention diet, think about how you can makeover some of your current favorites. Start with oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, a bean and vegetable burrito for lunch (no cheese or sour cream!) and whole wheat pasta marina with vegetables for dinners or other similar familiar recipes. Try a few new recipes, then jump in and do it 100% for 3 weeks. By committing 100%, you'll see and feel dramatic results. You'll want to stick with it.

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A cancer prevention diet is one that is high in fiber, low in fat (especially animal fat), and includes generous portions of fruits and vegetables. It also minimizes or excludes alcohol. The best diet is a low-fat whole foods vegan diet.

Written by,

Emily Webber