In 2012, nearly one million Africans benefitted from African Artists for Development (AAD) projects.
The Melchior Leridon library, the first Beautiful Library of Benin (BLB), was inaugurated at Cotonou in November 2012. Located in the disadvantaged neighborhood of Agla, this BLB gives children access to a collection of more than 1,200 works. Two other libraries will follow in 2013.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a third well was dug to complete the water network supplying the villages of Makwacha and Mwaiseni, giving its 5,000 inhabitants access to drinking water.
After Chad, the 2013 program of Refugees on the Move will bring it to the Central African Republic, Burundi, and Tanzania. The dance workshops organized in the Chadian refugee camps have touched more than 15,000 people.
The distribution of 100,000 free copies of the comic book The Diamonds of Kamituga has led to a tripling in the number of voluntary screening tests carried out by the Center for Free and Anonymous HIV/AIDS Testing in Bukavu, the Central Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2013, AAD will carry out two new programs across the Democratic Republic of Congo in the fight against HIV/AIDS: the distribution of the second volume of The Diamonds of Kamituga and the organization of a series of awareness concerts to highlight the importance of HIV/AIDS testing for young people.
AAD has gone above and beyond in its commitment to its projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. On September 24, 2012, the organization was honoured at the annual Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York for its work on the continent.