What is
Riverblindness?

Dr. Nondo and one of the trained nurses with his blind father

Dr. Nondo and one of the trained nurses with his blind father

Riverblindness is a debilitating disease that causes blindness in thousands of people in Africa and Latin America.

Riverblindness is a parasitic disease transmitted through the bite of the small blackfly that breeds along the banks of fast-flowing rivers.

Humans get infected with the disease during their regular trips to infested rivers for their daily activities such as farming, hunting, fishing and fetching water.

The disease is characterized initially by a rash, severe itching, thickening and depigmentation of the skin, followed by visual impairment and eventually blindness

How can I help eliminate
Riverblindness?

Mectizan provided by Merck

Mectizan provided by Merck

Adopt-A-Village

Adopt-A-Village is a program whereby your youth group, your church, your organization or you yourself can be associated with a riverblindness-endemic village in DRC through a small donation which will result in the protection of the villagers from the ravaging outcome of the disease and eventually to the elimination of the disease itself.

Donate NOW

$250 donation will provide medication for an entire village.

2015 Jazz Benefit Concert 

Join us for our third annual benefit concert with 4-Time Grammy Nominee Karrin Allyson. Always globetrotting and delighting audiences all over the world with her unique and personal style — straight from the heart — it will be another event not to be missed!

Presented by The College of New Jersey.

  • When: Sunday, September 20 at 3:00 PM
  • Where: The Mildred & Ernest E. Mayo Concert Hall, The College of New Jersey

Buy your tickets here!

2015 6th Annual African Soirée

The Soirée was held on Saturday March 21, 2015 at 5pm at The Mackay Campus Center of Princeton Theological Seminary. We will soon have a full report of the evening's activities.

Soirée Auction Pieces

Here are some of the beautiful pieces -- curated by a specialist in African art  -- that was auctioned at the Soirée on March 21.

For a description of each piece, click on a thumbnail above and then hover over the larger image that pops up.


About Us

UFAR is an African-inspired, US-based nonprofit charitable organization approved in the US as a tax-exempt corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in September 2004.

About UFAR

Mission | Background | Board of Directors

Adopt-A-Village

Adopt-A-Village is a program whereby your youth group, your church, your organization or you yourself can be associated with a riverblindness-endemic village in DRC through a small donation which will result in the protection of the villagers from the ravaging outcome of the disease and eventually to the elimination of the disease itself.