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AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

The All Eyes on Africa contributes its quota to the development of the African continent through the following projects:

THE ALL EYES ON AFRICA MEDIA

THE AFRICAN EYE CARE PROJECT

THE SPORTS KITS RECYCLING PROJECT (SPORTS KITS AID)

AFRICAN SCHOOLS BASED DEWORMING AND GOOD NUTRITIONINITIATIVE

THE US-AFRICAN SISTER CITIES INITIATIVES

ICT AND EDUCATIONAL AID

AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 

THE ALL EYES ON AFRICA MEDIA

The All Eyes on Africa Media is the flagship program of the All Eyes on Africa Inc dedicated solely to promote the positive image of Africa in the Diaspora, activities of the Africans in the Diaspora and use the media as a means of mobilizing resources for development projects in Africa.90% of our website is dedicated to this media promotion project.

The project is currently working with the African Communications Agency to support the African Union branding Initiative ‘I am African’ to promote the annual Africa International Media Summit.

The project appreciates the fact that the process of RE-BRANDING AFRICA, in consonance with its emerging and promising rebirth, is a systematic and continuous process, Therefore,AFRICA’S INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SUMMIT is being proposed as a ten-year process that will rotate around the various regions of Africa and internationally in order to make it an effective discussion that will yield tangible results and action. AIMS2006, AIMS2007, AIMS2008, Aims 2009, 2010, 2011 were tremendous successes. We had media coverage from all over the world.  

 

We strongly believe that the media is the major singular organ that will guarantee that the Continent’s current rebirth and development efforts manifest into a positive image for the Continent.

In the year 2012, the project will focus on the branding of the southern African country of Malawi with a two day summit scheduled for November 17-18 2012.The summit which will be held under the high patronage of Her Excellency Joyce Banda President of the Republic of Malawi will be showcasing Malawi to the World with the support of the Africa Union, Ecowas and the Government of Malawi.

In attendance will be Government official, journalists from media houses such as, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Associated Press (AP), and other distinguished personalities from the World.

As part of the annual summits, a Living Legend Banquet is organized to recognize individuals who have contributed in promoting the branding of Africa and uplifting the image of the continent. The past honorees of the Living Legend Banquets include

President Nelson Mandela- Former President South Africa

Secretary General Kofi Anan- Former Secretary General UN

H.E. Ruth Sando Perry- Former President of Liberia

Professor Wole Soyinka- Nobel Laurent

H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo- Former President of Nigeria

H.E. Chief Emeka Anyaoku- Former Secretary of Commonwealth

Muhammad Ali- Former Heavy Weight Champion

 

THE AFRICAN EYE CARE PROJECT

The World Health Organization (WHO) releases regular statistics about blindness and eye diseases at a global scale. According to this data, every year, the number of affected people rises at an alarming rate. In fact, one person in the world goes blind every 5 seconds. In response to these alarming statistics, the All Eyes on Africa initiated the Africa Eye Care Project as one of its signature projects in Africa to bring together from amongst eye specialists from Africans in the Diaspora to contribute their quota in the fight against preventable blindness in Africa.

The African Eye Care Project seeks to bring sight and eye care to the vulnerable in Africa with the vision of an Africa free from avoidable causes of blindness. The project aims at reaching out to the rural poor in Africa and provides free eye glasses and quality eye care free of cost to the needy in Africa. Since 2006,All Eyes on Africa has been sending teams of ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses and other medical specialists drawn from the Africans in the Diaspora to provide eye care in remote rural villages in Nigeria,Ghana,Malawi,Rwanda,Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Burkina Faso,Cameroun,Niger and other parts of Africa.

The African Eye Care Project operates on three principal pillars:

Training and Education– Africans in the Diaspora medical specialists who embarked on our Eye Care Mission Trips to Africa provide short term training to their counterparts and other primary health care providers in Africa during these mission to build their capacity to enable them detect eye diseases in their early stages and be able to manage them. Bytraining primary healthcare workers and other medical personnel, they will able to identify early signs that could lead to blindness hence educating the community as a whole is an important step in the prevention of global blindness.

Treatment-Through our regular medical Eye Missions to Africa, thousands of vulnerable Africans are treated with various eyes ailments such as cataract, glaucoma, strabismus, retinal disorders. Treatments include vision therapy, orthoptics, and provision of free eye glasses, medications or surgery.

Awareness Creation-Using the various multimedia at our disposal, All Eyes on Africa create awareness on the prevention of blindness and other eye diseases. Eye screening exercises are also offered from time to time where beneficiaries are screened and educated on the importance of eye hygiene.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE

Over 2,182 cataract surgeries performed by our volunteer medical team since the program inception.

21,511 eye screening exercises conducted for patients for visual impairment.

38,409 eye glasses distributed to needy patients.

 

 

THE SPORTS KITS RECYCLING PROJECT (SPORTS KITS AID)

Children love sports, but for many children in Africa, owning a ball or other sporting goods or equipment is out of their reach whiles in the United States millions of sporting goods and equipment end up in the landfills each year. The Sports Kits Recycling Project (Sports Kits Aid) aims at rescuing some of the millions of sporting goods and equipment that ended up in the landfills each year and send them to community sports development projects serving disadvantaged youth in the United States and in Africa. The project help fulfill one of the major obstacles of participation of young people in sports that is limited access to sporting goods and equipment.

Like most things in today’s economy, youth participation in sports are suffering from budget cuts, rising costs, and declining participation. Lack of funds has forced organizations to charge enrollment fees that some willing participants just can’t afford. Sports equipment, uniforms, and footwear costs continue to rise, driving up the investment families must make for their children to play. Especially if they have more than one child involved, it can become very expensive.

Our objective is to mobilize new and gently used sports equipment and accessories from manufacturers, organizations and individuals in the United States and ship them to children and other young people in Africa as well as here in the U.S. We believe this will ease the burden on the individual groups to raise the funds they need to survive and to engage in sports. It will also allow kids from all walks of life to participate in sports no matter what their economic situation may be. The project raises the awareness of the need for recycling in a new audience for environmental issues the older generation within the sporting community as well as youngsters at school by reducing carbon footprints and pressure on the environment thus giving people a practical real live example of the benefits of recycling.

Since the project inception in 2008, over 250,000 pieces of sports equipment has been sent to help impoverished children in Africa play sports. The stories of these children are truly amazing, both in terms of the challenges and hardships these children must overcome and the immense joy and appreciation they experience upon receiving the gift of sports.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE

Rescued over 250,000 sporting goods and equipment from the landfills in the US which has been distributed to over 108 community and school based sporting projects in 14 countries in Africa.

Placed 28 coaches from the US and Canada to offer baseball and basketball clinics for 20 high schools in Africa.

Instituted 5 community based sports development programs in Nigeria, Liberia, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Kenya.

 

THE AFRICAN SCHOOLS BASED DEWORMING AND GOOD NUTRITIONINITIATIVE

This project was initiated in 2009 as part of our efforts to contribute to the Millennium Development Goals initiated by the United Nations and Education For All Partnership led by the World Bank. The partnership recognizes that the goal of universal education cannot be achieved while the health needs of children and adolescents remain unmet, and that a core group of cost-effective activities can and must be implemented across the board to meet those needs and deliver on the promise of Education for All. A child’s ability to attain her or his full potential is directly related to the synergistic effect of good health, good nutrition and appropriate education.  Good health and good education are not only ends in themselves, but also means which provide individuals with the chance to lead productive and satisfying lives. School health is an investment in a country’s future and in the capacity of its people to thrive economically and as a society.

Rigorous evidence has shown that treating children for worms which affect an estimated 600 million school-aged children worldwide improves school attendance, health, and long-run productivity. According to a research conducted by Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) based at the Harvard University, the research emphasized that Deworming is a “best buy” for health, education, and development. Deworming is a highly cost-effective way to improve health and increase school attendance in areas where intestinal worms are endemic. Deworming would be a worthwhile investment on the strength of these short-term benefits alone, but it also results in large gains in earnings and living standards years after children receive treatment.

Regular deworming contributes to good health and nutrition for school-age children, which in turn leads to increased enrollment and attendance, reduced class repition and increased educational attainment. It also leads to greater earnings and workforce participation when these children grow to be adults. The most disadvantaged children often suffer most from poor health and malnutrition and gain the most benefit from deworming.

 

 

ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE

Dewormed over 2.7 million children in 10 countries in Africa in collaboration withour field partners.

Trained 1,667 school health teachers to administer deworming drugs in schools

Coordinated donations of over 3 million doses of mebendazole to 10 African countries.

Launched a pilot school feeding and good nutrition programs in 10 communities in Nigeria.

Placed over 600 volunteers from the US to be involved in the deworming exercises in Africa.

 

 

 

THE US-AFRICAN SISTER CITIES INITIATIVE

 

    

Committed to the vision of President Eisenhower whose 1956 White House conference on citizen diplomacy led to the formation of the Sister Cities International as an organization that could be the hub of peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the world. By becoming friends, President Eisenhower reasoned that people of different cultures could celebrate and appreciate their differences, instead of deriding them, fostering suspicion and sowing new seeds for war. The US Africa Sister Cities Initiative seeks to promote awareness of the sister city concepts in Africa and encourage the formation and nurturing of sister city partnership between communities in Africa and those in the United States.

Our research conducted in both Africa and the United States have shown that most cities and communities in Africa although are aware of the existence of the sister city program, they do not know how to go about establishing a fruitful sister city partnership others also started but they lack the vision to sustain and nurture the program which makes them fall apart within few years of its establishment.

Our initiative seeks to demystify the sister city concept in Africa and help nurture and incubate asuccessful and viable sister city partnership between communities in Africa and the United States.

We help to promote friendship and better understanding, values of mutual respect, cooperation and benefit as well as encouraging a better quality of life economically, technically, and environmentally. 

The Initiative is currently supporting the Sister-State Partnership of the State of Maryland in the United State and the States of Ondo and Cross River in Nigeria.

 

KEY AREAS OF ACTIVITY

INTERCUTURAL YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

TRADE MISSIONS

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS

US-AFRICA HIGH SCHOOLS TWINNING PROGRAM

 

ICT AND EDUCATIONAL AID

This project raises the need of ICT’s and other educational aid for the promotion of Education in Africa to the people of the United States. By educating businesses, libraries, universities, hospitals and the public that technology resources coming out of their first place of use can be given a second productive life for developing human potential in Africa, we collect ICT equipment and library books from our target groups for distribution to schools, communities and libraries in Africa.

We also work on numerous initiatives to further increase access to ICT among poor and disadvantaged communities.

Over 11,000 computers and accessories and 400,000 library books has been donated to various schools and communities throughout Africa under this program.

 

AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Agriculture is the backbone of the economy of most African countries however a common problem in most industries in Africa is that the value chains are broken. If you trace products from raw materials to consumption, you find many places where there is dysfunctional or broken links. This is true of the food value chain, as well. For example, 40% of the food that is grown in Tanzania is left to rot and is never consumed. Meanwhile, hunger persists. The problem is that the value chain is not functioning well. There is also the problem of ageing farmers on the continent threatening food security and the future of farming in Africa whiles millions of university graduates are still unemployed.

Our goal is to remove the constraints that have caused small scale agricultural growth in Africa to lag behind other nations. We work to reverse smallholder’s poor access to extension services, poor access to microcredit, poor access to land, low produce prices, the relatively poor access to markets, poor soil condition, the unavailability of water for agriculture, low livestock management by smallholders and inability of smallholders to take charge in managing abundant natural resources appropriately.

Our intervention seeks to

Build a new generation of graduate farmers who will be replacing the ageing farmers by providing all the needed incentives for them to go into productive agribusiness ventures.

Bring farm production from many farmers together to increase value and provide reliable, consistent food processing inputs  whiles moving food production from base commodities to value-added products through improved quality, unique characteristics, processing, etc

Assist in the marketing of the food produce by farmers to decrease post harvest looses.