Africare, founded in 1971, is a non-profit organization that
supports more than 150 assistance projects in Africa.
These projects include small projects like village wells and huge projects like
child survival all over the continent. It is also working on the AIDS pandemic
gripping the continent, the horrors of which are almost incomprehensible. Other
Africare projects include development of employment opportunities for African
women in the cooking oil business and food programs for the continentís small
farmers, so they can become self-sufficient. The child survival program
includes therapies for common illnesses in the area such as measles, cholera,
whooping cough and malaria. Malaria and cholera, two of the deadliest diseases
on the continent, are both transmitted by dirty water.† Cholera is partially treated with clean
water. Africare administers a complete clean water program in Africa, and is
committed to helping Africans construct and maintain clean water sources, which
are a crucial part of basic infrastructure in any society. It is also involved
in helping develop democratic institutions in Africa. In
1989 only five African countries were democracies; by 1999 over twenty African
countries had democratically elected governments, with another twelve in
transition to democracy.† A non-profit
group that rates charities, Charity Navigator, assigned a four-star rating, the
highest it gives out, to Africare. Charity Navigator bases its ratings on
short-term spending and long-time sustainability. Africare has also earned the
praises of both Democratic and Republican political officials in the U.S.
for its efforts and achievements in Africa.