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A Friend Sadly Missed: Mrs Alaere Alaibe
I am devastated and very sad to report the passing away of one of Support For Africa’s faithful and strong supporters. Mrs Alaere Alaibe passed away this year.
Alaere was the first Nigerian to take up a Support For Africa healthcare centre building programme in her local village of Opokuma in Bayelsa State. This was our third healthcare centre and thanks to Alaere’s enthusiasm and energy, it is one of our most successful and the only one built in collaboration with a Nigerian charity, the FREE Foundation, which was founded by Alaere to educate local women thereby helping them and their families out of poverty.
She had a great love for her people and worked tirelessly with Support For Africa and her foundation to bring healthcare and education to the poor in her village, improving the health and literacy in the community. The mission of her foundation was “To reorient, educate and empower the family, with the aim of bringing back real values of hard work, honesty, morality and enterprise through education, counselling and skills acquisition programmes with special attention to the womenfolk.”
Despite having the full-time job as a mother, she achieved all of these and led by her personal example. She was active, energetic, caring, encouraging, always cheerful, with an open and giving nature. She was such a wonderful spirit and great fun to be around. Nigeria and her home State of Bayelsa and indeed all of us are poorer for losing a wonderful human being and at such a young age.
Support For Africa and I have lost a great friend and a special ambassador of the charity. May she find peace and eternal rest.
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At the HIV/AIDS meeting at the House of Commons on the 19th January, Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn MP stated that, “HIV/AIDS is the greatest threat to development.” He went on to say, “There is a human cost in all of this, life expectancy gains in some countries is being wiped out.”
The sub-Saharan African nations are the worst hit by HIV/AIDS. Decades of development that saw increases in the economies of these nations have been destroyed. The pandemic is undermining everything from food production and national security to education. Without widespread global action, this downward trend will continue.
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Aims of the Charity
Centre Two – The objectives of Support For Africa are to inform the people of the developed world of the terrible effect that AIDS is having on the people of Sub-Saharan Africa and to raise funds to provide practical medical help and create awareness throughout Africa of the devastation caused by the disease in order to stop its inexorable increase.
Practical help for Africa will be provided by the creation of a network of Health Centres throughout Africa, which will offer primary healthcare, awareness, education, information, dietary advice and counselling for AIDS.
After the opening of our first One-Stop Health Centre on 26th October 2002 in Okpanam – Delta State, Nigeria, we are inviting companies with vested interests in sub-Saharan African countries, to adopt and build their own Support For Africa One-Stop Health Centres in rural areas in countries of their own choice. We are grateful to Intels Logistics Management Ltd for being the first to promise two one-stop Health Centres, one in Angola and another in Rivers State of Nigeria.
It is one of our strongest principles to bring the local communities to realise their responsibilities for themselves and to encourage them to develop ways (commercial or otherwise) to make the running of the Health Centres self-sufficient after an initial short two-year period, in which they are wholly supported by the charity. In this way we hope to be able to galvanise each community we enter to create a viable and long lasting solution to their own health care.
The awareness campaign includes global publicity through sponsored high profile events, one of which was the televised “Reaching Out For Africa” Concert by a 3000 strong Gospel Choir and celebrities at the Royal Albert Hall on March 10th 2002. Also Patti Boulaye, Founder/President of Support For Africa organised and led the much televised 5000 gospel singers at Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Procession on 4th June 2002. This was followed by Michael Jackson’s public support of the work done by Patti and the Charity on 14th June 2002 during his visit to London.
Due to the sell-out success of our last Royal Albert hall event which starred Sir Cliff Richard, Gabrielle, Uri Geller, Rik Waller, Boney M, Patti Boulaye and 3000 gospel Voices “Reaching Out For Africa II” will be at the Royal Albert Hall soon, don’t miss it.