African Family Film Foundation – Documentary Films with Inspiring Images of African Peoples

PURPOSE

African Family Film Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization committed to bringing inspiring images of African peoples to schools, community groups and the media. Our film projects aim to provide the public with engaging, enlightening and uplifting portraits of Africans and their cultures.

We are dedicated to raising people’s consciousness and appreciation of African culture worldwide. We attract and receive support as a result of screenings and exhibitions in public venues, through outreach and by direct appeals to individuals and publicly supported institutions.

Our award-winning films are in libraries, schools, colleges, universities, archives, museums and community centers in 35 states and twelve countries.

COMPLETING THE CIRCLE

AND we give back to Africa. It’s our way of completing the circle of life, the circle of love, the circle of friendship, the circle of giving and receiving, the circle of continuity. African children dancing in a circle invite you to participate in the circle, the African Family.

Through the African Family Children’s Fund, we actively support emergency relief for children and families in crisis: survivors of drought, floods, famine and tropical diseases in Africa. We provide nutrition (millet, sorghum, beans and corn organically grown in Africa), non-toxic mosquito nets (to prevent vector-borne tropical diseases: malaria, dengue fever, elephantiasis/lymphatic filariasis, river blindness/onchocerciasis and sleeping sickness/trypanosomiasis) and cotton blankets (hand-woven by African artisans) to children and their families. We engage in the redistribution of wealth while encouraging permaculture farming (the brightest future for all farming) and the ancient art of weaving cloth.

African Family Children’s Fund supports on-going grass-roots projects and primary schools in Africa that teach children ecologically sound skills: sustainable organic farming, reforestation and solar energy production.

Emergency Appeal to Help Drought and Flood Survivors

West African Drought, Flood, Famine and Tropical Disease Relief

As of 2013, hundreds of people have died and upwards of 860,000 in 15 West African countries have been affected, with over 600,000 made homeless: losing their belongings, crops, livestock, pets, bicycles, vehicles and livelihood. Entire neighborhoods and villages were devastated by the deluge of September 1, 2009. For millions of West Africans this was the biggest flood in over a century.

August and September 2010 brought more devastating floods to West Africa.

In 2012 drought returned to West Africa, reminiscent of the seven-year drought from 1967-1974, the greatest drought in living memory that brought famine to millions of Africans. The struggle continues.

Our organization has distribution channels in place in the city of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, so we can get help directly to the people on the ground.

Watch the videos below, and please make a tax deductible donation!




VIDEO IN ENGLISH VIDEO IN FRENCH
UNPRECEDENTED DELUGE
From the Cape Verde Islands and Dakar, Senegal in the western region of West Africa to Agadez, Niger in the east, from Rosso, Mauritania in the north to Bolgatanga, Ghana in the south: unprecedented deluge.
Agadez, Niger, on the southern reaches of the Sahara Desert: Unusually heavy rainfall provoked the rupture of a dyke, resulting in the destruction of livestock, crops and several thousand houses. 80,000 affected by the floods.
In Nigeria, many communities in at least 13 of its 36 states were flooded: Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Benue, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba. The toll: over 100,000 homeless.

 

THE GREATEST FLOOD IN LIVING MEMORY

Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, a city twice the size and population of San Francisco, was one of the hardest hit communities. One-third of its annual rainfall in less than 12 hours. Six quartiers (districts) were flooded, leaving 150,000 people homeless. This was Burkina Faso’s biggest flood ever recorded, going back over a century. Bigger than the great flood of 1919.

THE CHALLENGE

One of the greatest challenges: mosquito-borne diseases, especially malaria, Africa’s biggest killer, and elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis). Every day, approximately 3,000 children die in Africa from malaria alone. Elephantiasis afflicts more than 50 million Africans with horrific swelling and disfiguration of arms and legs and mutilating genital symptoms, usually rendering sufferers disabled for the rest of their lives. The newborn, children, pregnant women, the elderly and those already compromised with an illness or disability are at serious risk. Many individuals and families are in the greatest crisis of their lives.

All of this is happening in one of the poorest regions of the world, where every day is a struggle for survival.

The United Nations rates 187 nations in their Human Development Index, a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, standards of living and quality of life for countries worldwide. Norway is rated number 1. The USA is rated number number 3, but is also rated number 16 by the Inequality-adjusted HDI.

In West Africa, Cape Verde Islands is rated number 132, Ghana 135. The other 14 West African nations are rated between numbers 153 and 187. Ten out of the twenty-three nations of the world with the lowest HDI are West African. Nine out of twenty-two are West African. Eight out of twenty. Seven out of fourteen. Six out of twelve. Five out of eleven. Four out of nine. Three out of the six nations with the lowest HDI are West African: Mali is rated number 182, Burkina Faso is rated number 183, and Niger is rated number 187, at the very bottom, the lowest Human Development Index rating in the world.

Fourteen of sixteen West African nations are among the thirty-five lowest HDI nations. That’s 40% of the 35 lowest HDI nations on the planet! This makes West Africa as a region the “poorest” or most challenging region in Africa and the world.

PARADIGM SHIFT TOWARD PEACEFUL ACTIONAfrican Family Film Foundation is calling for a sea change in world economic priorities, a paradigm shift, a shift away from conflict and war, a shift toward peaceful action, a humanitarian approach toward those with the least, those living on the edge of starvation, with inadequate shelter, minimal health care and often limited means of making a living, providing for one’s family, for the children, the elderly, the ill, the disabled, the deaf and the blind.

Taxpayers in the United States will pay $2 trillion (that’s equal to a million dollars times a million times 2) for total Iraq and Afghanistan war spending since 2001. Every minute, the USA spends more than $500,000 in the Iraq war alone. That’s $30 million every hour. $720 million every day. $22 billion every month. Harvard Kennedy School lecturer Linda J. Bilmes recently calculated the aggregate cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as $4 to $6 trillion.

Imagine how the resources wasted on war could be used for transforming Africa into an oasis of green development, with healthy African families! Imagine happy men, women and children living in harmony! Imagine the good will that would be generated! Imagine bringing PEACE and HEALTH to a billion people on the continent of Africa!

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND WE MUST

African Family Film Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is asking you to join us in helping those living on the edge of survival, many of whom have lost everything. Help us bring hope through direct action.

We have very low operating costs. We are all volunteer.

We have distribution channels in place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, so we can get help directly to people on the ground.

We use donations to buy organic cotton blankets, non-toxic mosquito nets, organic millet, beans, corn and sorghum – all purchased locally to avoid costly airlifts and waste. It’s a matter of distributing existing supplies from areas that have not been devastated by floods and drought to children and families in affected cities and villages. This supports the ancient art of African weaving, sustainable organic farming, the existing local economy, and provides relief for the people who need it.

Our team of African volunteers distribute food, blankets and mosquito nets to those in need. They need your help.

Your tax-deductible contribution will help continue our flood, drought, famine and tropical disease relief effort in West Africa.

PLEASE HELP NOW!

Here are some examples of what your money can do:

$7 will buy a locally made blanket that can keep a child warm at night.
$10 will buy a mosquito net than can help prevent malaria and elephantiasis.
$50 will help feed a family for a month.
$100 will provide three blankets, three mosquito nets and help feed a family for a month.

Please make a tax deductible donation!