“AiD was formed with the belief Africans abroad and on the continent have an important role to play in development in Africa” said Solome Lemma, AiD’s co-founder and executive director.
Founded in 2012, AiD envisions a self-reliant Africa.
Co-founders Solome Lemma, Stephanie deWolfe and Zanele Sibanda created AiD as a platform to invest in bold African leaders and to connect people with bold ideas to advance transformational change in communities. AiD mobilizes and connects the resources, skills, and ideas of Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora to drive the development in their communities and beyond.
Their successful fundraising launch campaign, "New Year New Aid" in 2013, raised over $36,000 that benefitted three grassroots partners. And AiD really showcased the power of diaspora philanthropy during the 2014 Ebola epidemic under their “Africa Responds” campaign. The program raised over $100,000 to assist eight grassroots organizations in Liberia and Sierra Leone that were at the frontline of the epidemic.
AiD also showcased the power of diaspora philanthropy during the 2014 Ebola epidemic under their “Africa Responds” campaign. The program raised over $100,000 to assist eight grassroots organizations in Liberia and Sierra Loeone that were at the frontlines of the epidemic.
In 2014, AiD became a project of International Development Exchange, now Thousand Currents. The partnership brought together two organizations committed to community-driven development and social justice philanthropy.
IDEX and AiD worked on targeted joint programming and outreach to engage diasporans in strategic philanthropy and to channel those resources to local, grassroots organizations that are transforming their communities. While AiD functioned as a legal project of IDEX that is eligible for tax-deductible donations, its programs and communications remain independent.
In January 2017, AiD and Thousand Currents formally merged. AiD is now the Diaspora Partnerships program of Thousand Currents, formerly IDEX.
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AiD Founder & Former Director
AiD Co-founder & Former Programs Manager
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