International Fund for Africa
Issue: XXXII     October, 2012
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
University of Washington Students Learn from IFA's Endeavors
Building the Blocks to Success
IFA Releases Results of Audit
IFA and World Vision Organize a Field Trip to Zemero
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November, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will be writing an article for Animal Welfare Board of India (Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India), titled "IFA's Effort To Protect Animals and Promote Veganism in Africa".


November 16-18, 2012

IFA President/CEO, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak in a session, called "Learnings from the International Fund for Africa" at the India for Animals 2012 Conference and Expo in Panjim, Goa, India.


Fall-Winter, 2012

International Fund for Africa is sponsoring a medical mission to Zemero, Ethiopia.



University of Washington Students Learn from IFA's Endeavors


This past summer at the University of Washington (UW), 14 students participated in a Ethiopia Exploration Seminar entitled "Through the Eyes of Ethiopians." The course challenged the group of students to "see" the world from the 'Ethiopian perspective'. Since Ethiopia is a fairly large country with a very diverse population, this seminar focused a variety of influences and perspectives, exploring the ancient and contemporary, the rural and urban, the rich and the poor, as well as local and global realities.


Designed as a cultural immersion program, this seminar also took students on an exciting and informative journey to Ethiopia from August-September 2012. There, they visited several sites to learn more about the country firsthand, and to meet with groups working to improve Ethiopia in various ways. A key participant in this effort, IFA was one of the several groups these students encountered on their visit. As "a non-profit corporation dedicated to preventing, alleviating, and abolishing suffering of human and non-human animals," IFA and our site in Zemero opened a door of understanding to these young men and women, who learned of the efforts many Ethiopian Americans are undertaking in their native country.


One of the trip members explained the impact IFA had on their trip: "It became apparent to us that the 'Ethiopian perspective' includes the stories of Ethiopians who are returning to their birth place and making meaningful contributions to the country's development. We were truly inspired."


Building the Blocks to Success

IFA has recently engaged in several efforts to acquire the funding necessary to continuing our efforts in Ethiopia.


We have applied for inclusion in a federal matching program. This would allow federal government employees to contribute to IFA via payroll deductions, beginning in May 2014. The contributions would be directed toward our rural medicine and rural development projects. Assisting us with our application for this program is Maguire/Maguire Incorporated. This association management firm specializes in providing headquarters support services and member support services to America's finest independent charitable federated groups. With their help, we hope to qualify as a beneficiary of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).


IFA Releases Results of Audit

In August 2012, IFA asked an independent, local, Houston-area based CPA Firm to perform an audit of the organization. The report from this audit is available on our website.


IFA and World Vision Organize a Field Trip to Zemero

In our efforts to improve the overall health status of people in rural Africa (always our first and most important concern) International Fund for Africa (IFA) is currently engaged in an ongoing project in the rural area of northern Shoa province, Ethiopia, called Zemero. We have been working diligently to reduce mortality/morbidity rates of the population in and around Zemero. Much of this work involves developing and implementing health education programs and providing prenatal care and gender education that would otherwise be unavailable or inaccessible to Zemero-area residents. To ensure our efforts achieve long-lasting success, we have also focused on providing continuing education and skills development for the medical staff at the health clinic in Zemero and surrounding health facilities. IFA's efforts will improve the quality and level of services offered, while increasing staff satisfaction and retention.


In order to achieve lasting success in Zemero, we have begun serious efforts to implement our "Green Community Health and Development" program. In conjunction with World Vision, with whom we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, we are in the stages of planning a field trip with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), Development Inter-Church Aid Commission (DICAC) and the University of Maryland. These organizations will help us identify sources of funding and provide us with expertise as we prepare the way for our Green Community Health and Development Center. By focusing on community development programs and providing road development, provision of clean running water, improvement of agricultural methods, and the introduction of solar energy, we will work together with the local population to make rural African communities successful and self-sustaining.