2017 was the biggest year ever for help sent to Africa

In 2017 Africa Imports
1 – Helped to support about 150 extra very disadvantaged children in Africa: mostly orphans and street children.
2 – Helped to support 6 extra adults who work with children, youth, and others doing medical work, teaching, and counseling.
3 – Increased the number of products we carry that are made by at risk women learning new work skills.
4 – And here’s a little thing that gave us a lot of good feelings.
There is a school in northern Zambia where a group of five teachers all work for free to teach and feed over 100 street children. We have not been able to support this group regularly. We were able to send a $100. Christmas gift to each of the volunteer teachers though. See how school looked for these children and teachers when we visited them in August. The video below lets you see and hear the kids in school.

We hope that you will visit us at Africa Imports. Your purchases have made this help all possible.

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5 Little Known Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.

Today we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day. Here are some things that most people do not know about him.

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1. Martin Luther King Jr. was named Michael when he was born. His name was changed to Martin later.
When Martin was five years old, his father: King Sr. changed his own name to Martin Luther King. When he did, he changed his son’s name at the same time. He was inspired by the protestant reformer Martin Luther while visiting Germany.

2. King entered college at the age of 15.
King was a brilliant and gifted student.

3. King received his doctorate in systematic theology.
King received a Ph.D from Boston University in 1955.

4. King was imprisoned 29 times.
He was arrested for acts of civil disobedience and on trumped-up charges. He was jailed in Montgomery, Alabama in 1956 for driving 30 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone.

6. King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt a decade before his death.
At a book signing ceremony in Harlem in 1958, Izola Ware Curry stabbed King in the chest with a seven-inch letter opener. Afterwards, he issued a statement saying he felt no ill will toward his mentally ill attacker.

Africa Imports gives you the largest selection anywhere of ideas for Black History Month. Please visit us here.

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The top five most popular Africa Imports blog posts of 2017

Here’s what other people checked out most often from the Africa Imports blog in 2016.

#1 – Can Black Soap Take Away Dark Spots

#2 – The Hidden Meanings of African Clothing

#3 – The Importance of Drums in African Tradition

#4 – The Symbolism of Animals in Africa

#5 – The Dashiki – A Symbol of Africa for Black History Month

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Meet Brenna

In this series of blog postings, you can get to know the people who work at Africa Imports.

Brenna has been working with Africa Imports for almost 12 years. She now manages all of the customer service activities. Each of the other people working here will also be shown in the coming weeks. It is a great thing for us to know you. We hope that this helps you to know us a little better too.

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We wish you a Merry Christmas from children in Congo

The children shown here were filmed on Saturday (12/23/2017). They normally speak Lingala, and learned this phrase in English to make this video.

Most of these children are orphans living with relatives and other care givers. Your purchases from Africa Imports buys groceries for these children. This not only gives them some needed protein, but allows them to be a helpful part in their new homes as well. In the environment that these children are in, this is also very valuable.

Thank you for all the way that you have been a part of improving the lives of these children.

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