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AVSI's history in Africa dates back to 1972 in Democratic Republic of Congo. Today, AVSI works closely with communities and local partners in 13 countries across the continent, primarily in Eastern and Western Africa.


Overview of AVSI in Africa


 The following programs are associated with Africa:


Agriculture and Environment
  • Environmental development projects such as hydro-geological improvements, climate observations, and reforestation as well as improvements of water-supply networks.

    Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda

  • The establishment of sustainable support centers or cooperatives by farmers and cattle raisers to provide training and technical assistance and to improve marketing and reduce production costs.

    Kenya, Uganda


Education, Child Development and Family Support
  • Educational support for children in distressed conditions, with limited access to school, and those at risk of dropping out of school.

    Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda

  • Foster/ host families and community daycare centers for abandoned and street children, children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and conflict, war-traumatized children and other at-risk children.

    Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda

  • Social reintegration of children with personality disorders, learning and socialization impairments, and those living with HIV/AIDS, and for former juvenile prisoners.


  • Support for schools and educators at the primary and secondary levels.

    Congo DR, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda


Emergency Assistance Health Care and Prevention
  • Assistance, including ICT support, for those with physical disabilities including victims of landmines.


  • Comprehensive care for people living with HIV/AIDS, including orphans and their families, and social rehabilitation for these and other marginalized groups.

    Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda


  • Strengthening basic health services through increased provision, accessibility and prevention, including rehabilitation of existing hospitals and other health-related facilities.

    Congo DR, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda

  • Support for district health systems services through functional reorganization of services and human capacity building (training and re-qualification of medical staff).

    Nigeria, Uganda


Urban Upgrading
  • Planning and implementation of physical infrastructure improvements at the community level, including housing rehabilitation, together with support for formal property rights.



Vocational Training and Business Development
  • Creation and support of vocational training centers for basic skills training, technical qualification and upgrading (for physiotherapists, farmers, etc), internships with businesses, on-the-job training, post-graduation and specialization courses and refresher courses for trainees.

    Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda