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The Ray Almeida Fund




About the Ray Almeida Fund


 Watch Now: Ray Almeida Fund Launch, February 2010

The Ray Almeida Fund was established by the Partnership on February 25, 2010 to honor our longtime Partnership colleague and passionate advocate for Africa’s small farmers, Ray Almeida.The monies we collect for the Ray Almeida Fund are used to help African civil society and farm organization leaders participate in important events concerning African agriculture, food security and trade, including the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) annual forum.  These causes were very important to Ray.  The Partnership works with other collaborating organizations to expand the Ray Almeida Fund, and reports each year on how funds were used. 
Ray was instrumental to the founding of the Partnership in 2001, and he served as a member of our Advisory Council from its inception until his untimely passing.  He participated actively in as many Partnership meetings and events as his schedule would allow, offering his perspectives, advice, and, above all, inspiration – to drive our agriculture and food security agenda forward.
Ray had a deep passion for and commitment to African development.  Even when he seemed to be a lonely voice calling for more and better agricultural assistance to end poverty and hunger in our lifetimes, he never gave up.  Instead he persisted, pushed and turned until things moved.  That is what characterized his advocacy work and his attitude to life.  The resurgence of support for food security and agriculture we see today owes much to the doggedness of this remarkable man.


How to Contribute

If you would like to make a contribution to the Ray Almeida Fund by check, please send a check made out to "The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa" with "Ray Almeida Fund" in the memo line to:
The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
1100 New Jersey Ave. SE, Suite 735
Washington, DC 20003
To donate online by credit card, please read the following instructions carefully: 
  1. Click here to get started. Because the Partnership is financially administered by Michigan State University, you will be rerouted to MSU's secure donation page.
  2. In the "Gift Cart" on the right hand side, enter the amount you wish to donate to the "PCHPA Ray Almeida Fund." You will not need to use the menus to select the correct fund. Click "Continue."
  3. Enter preferred contact information. If donating on behalf of an organization, please use the "First Name" and "Last Name" fields for the organization's name and any other important contact information. Click "Continue."
  4. In the new window, enter billing information. Click "Process transaction."
Within several business days of donating online, you will receive a formal tax receipt for your gift from MSU. Please save this receipt for your records. Upon processing, you will also receive acknowledgement of your donation from the Partnership.
Thank you for supporting this important effort!


Lawrencia Adams-Simpson Named First Ray Almeida Fellow

Washington, D.C. June 29, 2010 – The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa is pleased to name Ms. Lawrencia Adams-Simpson as its first Ray Almeida Fellow. Ms. Adams-Simpson will receive a grant to travel to Washington, D.C., where she will speak at the 2010 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum and related events from July 26-30, 2010.
Ms. Adams-Simpson is a Team Leader at the Ghana Research and Advocacy Programme (GRAP), where she works to build the capacity of leading civil society think tanks to engage African government on economic justice and social development issues. Before joining GRAP, she served as Coordinator and Executive Director of the Ghana-based Pan African Organization for Sustainable Development (POSDEV), an association of African non-governmental organizations that promotes the development of a participatory, self-reliant grassroots movement that is empowered to take charge of Africa’s development needs.
Ms. Adams-Simpson has worked with national and donor organizations for more than twenty years and is a senior management and consulting professional in the development field. Her technical expertise includes capacity development of organizations and human resources; rights-based and policy/advocacy approaches to programming, and the organizational development of small- and medium enterprises, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, and rural people's organizations. She is a gender specialist with a focus on formulation of innovative social development projects using participatory approaches.
Congratulations, Lawrencia!