Clinton Foundation Delegation, Africa

August 2013

In August 2013, Rumi Verjee spent eight days in Africa with President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. The group traveled across five different African countries to see how the partnership between The Rumi Foundation and the Clinton Foundation is transforming lives in the world’s most rapidly changing continent.

Rumi met with leaders in business, politics and philanthropy – including President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania – to understand how problems are being solved in these developing nations.

In South Africa, the delegation reviewed a project to provide schooling to poor children and to grant scholarships to those most deserving to study internationally. In Zanzibar, Lord Verjee and President Clinton saw the work of the Zapha+, a program to provide HIV-positive women with treatment and small loans to begin businesses. These women are now able to provide for themselves and their children, many of whom were born HIV-free.

In Zambia, Rumi and Chelsea Clinton visited a conservation project run by the Africa Wildlife Foundation, a charity that provides opportunities to local communities in return for a commitment to the preservation of safe corridors along which endangered species – particularly elephants – can continue to live and prosper.