AI Blog

A message on safeguarding from our CEO and Trustees

Dear supporters, As many of you will be aware, recently a number of allegations were made against Oxfam and how it handled a number of serious allegations relating to misconduct of its staff. As the CEO of African Initiatives, I too was shocked to hear of the misconduct reported and

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Christmas Appeal 2017

Give a Girl the Gift of a Healthier & Happier Future this Christmas The giving season is upon us and once again we have the opportunity to have our donations amplified during our annual Big Give campaign. This year is African Initiatives’ 20th anniversary and the theme for this year’s Christmas Challenge

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Just Say No

‘My father called to me one day and said I would have to be married. The next night I was sleeping in my room when he came knocking: “I am your Father and you must do what I say.” Outside there were two strange men on a motorbike and I

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An AIDS-free future.

Emanuel’s mother died of AIDS a long time ago and his father resorted to drinking heavily. We found Emanuel sheltering at a neighbour’s house. The rain was pouring through holes in the roof and there were mosquitoes flying all over the place because there was so much standing water inside. He was

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He Who Works Fast – a year in Tanzania

Living in Tanzania Our Programme Manager David, has just returned from a year in Tanzania working with our partner organisations. This is his account of the projects and work he undertook during that time. In November 2014 I moved to Arusha in Northern Tanzania with my family. We lived there

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emanyata school

Changing the face of education in my culture

Oledaniel Sakinoi, the headmaster of Emanyata School, is changing the face of education in his community I am Maasai and the headmaster of Emanyata Secondary School in Ngorongoro District, which is located 5km from the Serengeti National Park gate in the heart of Maasailand. We are in the village of Ololosokwan, in one of the

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When I met child bride ‘Nlidok’…

On a recent field trip to Ghana, I met Nlidok. She thinks she is around 25 years old. She comes from a farming background and has never been to school. She is married to a man chosen by her father, lives in extreme poverty and has little control over her

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