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Success Story from Sudan: Dr. Donald Hopkins’ Guinea Worm Disease Eradication Efforts

Donald Hopkins was born in 1941 in Miami, Florida in the USA. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Morehouse College, a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Chicago. In 1980, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) near Atlanta, Georgia in the USA began […]

Success Story from the DRC: Dr. Corneille Ewango’s Conservation Initiatives

Corneille E.N. Ewango grew up in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). From the age of 14 he was collecting elephant tusks and meat poached by family members. By the age of 17, Mr. Ewango also was a poacher as a means to fund his studies. He wanted to become a medical doctor […]

Success Story from Burundi: “Maggy” Barankitse Helps Orphaned Children

Story UPDATED in December 2015. Marguerite Barankitse, better known as Maggy, was born in Ruyigi, Burundi. She lost her father at a very young age and grew up with her mother, brother, and in the close company of her grandparents and uncles. Her mother adopted eight children, demonstrating the importance of loving one’s neighbors and […]

Success Story from Mozambique: Graça Machel’s Support for Women and Children

Graça Simbine Machel was born in 1945, the youngest in a family with six children, in what is today Mozambique. Her father, a Methodist minister died three weeks before she was born. Ms. Machel attended mission schools before a church-based scholarship in 1968 enabled her to study at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. While […]

Success Story from Zimbabwe: Strive Masiyiwa Supports Education

Strive Masiyiwa was born in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, in 1961. He attended primary school in Zambia, completed his secondary education in Scotland, and obtained a degree in electrical engineering in Wales. In 1984 he returned to Zimbabwe and set up an electrical engineering business, which by 1989 was quite large and successful. With the […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Toyin Ojora Saraki’s Wellbeing Foundation

Toyin Ojora Saraki was born in 1964 to the Ojora Royal Family in Lagos. After completing her elementary school education in Nigeria she completed law degrees at the University of London. While in the U.K., she devoted much of her time to taking care of the sick, the aged, those with disabilities, and less privileged […]

Success Story from Tanzania: Reginald Mengi Supports Corporate Responsibility

Reginald Abraham Mengi was born into a family of modest means in northern Tanzania, but with some struggle he was able to obtain a good education in the UK. Upon his return to Tanzania in 1971, he secured a position with the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand. He stayed with the firm, which became […]

Success Story from Malawi: William Kamkwamba and Alternative Energy

William Kambwamba was born in 1987 to a family of farmers in rural Malawi. When a prolonged drought caused their crops to fail and the family’s income to decline, Mr. Kambwamba was forced to drop out of school due to a lack of funds for school fees. Rather than lament his apparent ill fate, 14 […]

Success Story from Mali: Frédéric Kanouté Supports Children

By guest blogger Justine Maisha Davis* Frédéric “Freddy” Kanouté was born near Lyon, France in 1977 to a French mother and a Malian father. He started his football career with Olympique Lyonnais at the age of 20. He then went on to play in England for five years, Spain for seven, and finished his career […]

Success Story from Burkina Faso: Thomas Sankara’s Legacy

By Heidi G. Frontani This week I am reviewing Dr. Ernest Harsch’s book, Thomas Sankara – An African Revolutionary (Ohio University Press, October 2014). It is the first English-language book to tell the story of the late President Sankara’s short life (1949-1987). The engaging, yet brief (160 page) biography draws on Harsch’s extensive firsthand research […]