Leon H. Sullivan Summit VIII
Date: Summer 2008
Venue: Arusha, Tanzania
Host: H.E. Jakaya Kikwete
- the water pump that the Myungsung Church of South Korea donated to an area just outside Arusha. The drilling equipment and water pump are valued at US$600,000. The value of the water it will provide to about 11,000 villagers is incalculable.
- Through Books for Africa, 40,000 textbooks, valued at US$165,000, were delivered to 29 schools. These learning institutions ranged from the University of Dodoma and Arusha Secondary School to the O’Brien School for the Maasai and Kilimanjaro Nursery School, as well as the regional libraries in Arusha, Bunda and Moshi and the Society of English Medium Schools.
- In March and June of 2008, the Sullivan Foundation provided more than 1,200 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to families in the village of Manyatta Central outside of Arusha. The intent was to contribute to the broader effort of creating malaria-free zones by concentrating on one population center. From that initial project, at least one other was created.
- More than US$25,000 was raised during the Summit and afterward to help support the Manyatta School. The funds were devoted to provide desks, bookcases and various school supplies for a school that needed everything to become more fully operational.
- The Jane Goodall Institute, Conservation International, the Africa Wildlife Fund, and the World Wildlife Fund presented concrete plans for coping with climate change, preserving biodiversity, reversing deforestation and handling natural resource management.
- The Sullivan Foundation cultivated General Electric, one of the world’s largest providers of energy equipment, to present a plan for the production, transmission and distribution of electric energy in Africa.
- A workshop on alternative energy included presentations by the Solar Electric Light Fund, a provider of solar power generating equipment; the American Association of Blacks in Energy, an organization with dozens of energy providers and equipment suppliers as members, and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U.S. government agency which announced its new alternative energy equity fund during this session. This workshop was so informative that Republic of Comoros Vice President Idi Nadhoim asked to join the panel mid-session to provide his government’s views.
- LHSF worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development on commissioning a report on the operation of power pools, with specific emphasis on the four sub-Saharan African power pools: Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa and East Africa. The report outlined global power pool operations and discussed the varying operations of the African power pools, suggesting methods by which they could become more efficient.
- A special panel on the African Diaspora examined the desire by many African Americans to attain dual citizenship in the African country of their choice.
- Benin Ambassador to the United States Cyrille Oguin made several points on the framework of a successful dual citizenship plan, and he is now leading a U.S.-African group to discuss such a model dual citizenship plan.
- A special youth panel enabled hundreds of Tanzanian youth to express their views on education and other issues of concern for Africa’s next generation. The session led moderator Frank Ski to contribute US$5,000 in furnishings to a local orphanage and post business cards of Tanzanians seeking American supporters on his web site.