Inspiring Images of African Peoples – Documentary Films with a Purpose

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), life-supporting water purification packets (made from salt), 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.

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 ACTION

African 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 spent 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 do not have a mosquito net nor a blanket. 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 and Koupela, Burkina Faso, so we can get help directly to people on the ground.

We use donations to buy organic cotton blankets and 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 crop failure, floods or 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 drought, flood, famine and tropical disease relief effort in West Africa.

PLEASE HELP NOW!

Here are some examples of what your money can do:

 

$10 will buy a locally made blanket that can keep a child warm at night.
$20 will buy a mosquito net that can help prevent malaria, elephantiasis, dengue fever, sleeping sickness and river blindness.
$60 will provide two blankets and two mosquito nets.
$120 will provide four blankets and four mosquito nets.
$150 will provide five blankets and five mosquito nets.
$300 will provide 10 blankets and 10 mosquito nets.
$600 will provide 20 blankets and 20 mosquito nets.

Please make a tax deductible donation!