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In Nairobi, Kenya, a major destination point for refugees across East Africa, RefugePoint provides urgently needed services to refugees from the region. Eligible refugees receive emergency food, housing, and medical care, and they are helped to create a plan for self-reliance. RefugePoint’s work was recently highlighted in the .

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Can you imagine a pregnant woman you know going into labor, experiencing an unexpected obstruction, and having no medical personnel to help? If she survived, she would, no doubt, have internal tearing that would leave her leaking urine and waste. It’s called obstetric fistula.


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Think innovative startups are the domain of Silicon Valley and other “high tech” areas in the United States? How about Ashesi University near Accra, Ghana? Since Ashesi began offering a new course on Foundations for Design and Entrepreneurship (FDE) to incoming students this year, Ashesi’s campus has become a hotbed of startups. FDE has been incorporated into a redesigned curriculum to boost student creativity and entrepreneurship.

Startups include a late-night food delivery service, an out-of-school education program, an enterprise that helps children with neurological disorders, and a non-electric hair drying head wrap among others.

Dr. Gaspard with children who attend Archangels Preschool.

Ashesi University freshmen students launch late-night food delivery business, developed through a new course on Foundations for Design and Entrepreneurship.

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It looks like a basket—a beautiful blue basket. But don’t be fooled–it’s food, electricity and school fees for a family in Rwanda. It’s a mother’s hope for her children’s future.

Bridget Carle gardening with local students while in South Africa.

What started with a simple idea—empower women who had survived Rwanda’s genocide to use their artisan skills to make a living and support their families—has become an empowerment program that puts women in charge of their own lives. Oh, yes, and enables them to provide for their families.

Children gather around the new well that U.S. students help fund.

Following the Rwandan genocide, the country’s population was 70 percent female and its economy was in shambles. Women were left to rebuild the country, yet most lacked formal education and although they produced unique handicrafts, they struggled to gain access to international export markets. They were producing beautiful items, including sisal peace baskets and animal horn jewelry, but their products were sold primarily to the tourist trade in Rwanda.

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In 2007 Aid for Africa member began working with 22 women from Rwandan cooperatives. The women were talented artisans, but they didn’t know how to build and expand their businesses or how to reach and compete in international markets. They needed to understand business cycles, their customers and quality control.