From Georgia to the DRC, the passion behind CARE's work in Africa

Posted by Rachael Ruble on
Tue, 05/28/2013

My name is Michael Alandu. I am from Ghana and work for CARE in Eastern Congo. My wife and son live in Atlanta, Georgia. I often joke that I have the longest commute in the world: living in Georgia and working in the DR Congo!

I passionately believe that societies ridden by poverty, hunger and disease can escape this syndrome through good leadership and a strong civil society. As such I have committed much of my life’s work to contribute to changing poverty and disease-ridden communities particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

The DR Congo is a country that has been stuck in an intractable war that has robbed its people--especially women--of a decent life. That is why CARE is focused on poor and vulnerable women, adolescent girls, displaced and returning populations in fighting poverty and reducing their vulnerability to social injustice. I find great satisfaction in working in the heart of Africa with rural communities in an effort to bring hope for change to their lives through finding local solutions to local problems and to take ownership of their future.

I will talk about this in D.C. where I look forward to meeting you this June as I will take part to the bone-laying on the National Mall!

See you there!


The One Million Bones challenge is mobilizing students worldwide to make bones as a symbol of solidarity with victims and survivors of ongoing conflict in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia. Every handmade bone generates $1 from the Bezos Family Foundation for CARE's work in these regions, up to $500,000! In June, 2013, one million handmade bones – made by students, educators and artists – will cover the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as part of a massive art installation and visual petition against humanitarian crises. Join us in person or online on June 8th for this powerful installation.