International Fund for Africa
Issue: LVIII             
December, 2014
International Fund for Africa Newsletter
In This Issue:
In Memory of Vincent Frank Herbert
Anteneh Roba's Chapter, "Injustice Anywhere," Published in Circles of Compassion
IFA Receives $25,000 Grant for School Health and Nutrition Program
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March 20th-22nd 2015
IFA President, Anteneh Roba M.D., will speak at the World Vegan Summit and Expo in Marina Del Ray, California.
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In memory of Vincent Frank Herbert


Vincent Frank Herbert
Vincent Frank Herbert


IFA would like to express heartfelt appreciation for the life and work of Vincent Frank Herbert, who passed away on December 11, 2014, in Pasadena, Texas. Vincent first became involved in IFA years ago, when he was working with Dr. Anteneh Roba as a nurse at Houston North West Medical Center. Over the following years, "Vince", as he was fondly called, donated thousands of dollars to IFA. He also travelled to Ethiopia as a volunteer on two of our medical mission trips, using his skills and training to help the sick. This kind, compassionate man was a huge proponent of the work that we do on behalf of humans and non-humans in Africa. We are incredibly grateful for the dedication and support he had for our organization these past few years, and offer our condolences to Vince's family.


Anteneh Roba's Chapter, "Injustice Anywhere,"
Published in Circles of Compassion

The new book Circles of Compassion features a chapter contribution by Anteneh Roba, co-founder and president of IFA. Dr Roba's chapter takes its title from a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., who in his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" stated that "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Drawing from his experiences visiting the Elmina Castile in Ghana on the Gold Coast of Africa, Dr Roba describes this trading post used by slave traders for years as they exchanged human beings for money. Dr Roba tells a powerful story of his own experience as a tourist guided through the castle and confronted with the terrible reality that those who lived in its dungeons often died there or were otherwise sold into a lifetime of slavery.


Through this chapter, Dr Roba makes the larger point that we cannot disassociate our maltreatment of animals from our mistreatment of human beings. He points to the extensive exploitation of animals that continues today to the detriment of humans as well as to so many non-human beings. Only through compassion of all beings on earth, Dr Roba explains, can we halt violence and prevent its further spread.


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IFA Receives $25,000 Grant for School Health and Nutrition Program

On December 3, 2014, IFA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UN World Food Program (WFP). The MOU specifies that WFP will provide $25,000 to IFA for IFA's School Health and Nutrition Program so that it may increase the enrollment, attendance and nutrition of the Sibeste Negasi Primary School's most vulnerable children. IFA's School Health and Nutrition Program has been off to a great start, with over one hundred fifty children directly benefitting from nutritional lunches. With this new contribution, IFA will be able to expand the program to reach additional students. In return for this donation, WFP will receive frequent updates from IFA and consistently monitor the project's performance. The agreement will come into effect on January 1, 2015, and will remain valid until December 31, 2015.