Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Spotlight: Alfre Woodard's Charity Work

Alfre Woodard’s career stretches across the big and small screen, with appearances in Star Trek: First Contact, Hill Street Blues, Desperate Housewives and an Academy Award nomination for 1983’s Cross Creek. But she is also known across the philanthropic world as a founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA).

ANSA was created as a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the African AIDS pandemic and advancing democracy and equality in South Africa. It also works to further civil rights and safeguard voting rights in the U.S. Established in 1989, the charity has raised over $9 million for African non-profits, and shipped more than 70 tons of medical supplies and books to impoverished communities across the continent. Its board of directors includes Gillian Anderson, Blair Underwood and LaTanya Richardson Jackson. Since 2005, ANSA has provided ongoing comprehensive care and services to more than 3,500 AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa – an achievement that led to Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu nominating the organization for the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2009.

South Africa has more people with HIV/AIDS and more AIDS orphans than any other country and, recognizing the magnitude of the crisis, ANSA brought together leading African AIDS and child welfare experts to develop It Takes A Village (ITV), a cost-effective method of delivering essential services to orphans. Initiated by funds donated by Deborah and Carlos Santana and implemented by local organizations, ITV’s pilot programs provide loving care, food, clothing, counseling, legal aid, medical assistance, and other essential help to an orphan for under 50 cents a day.

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