Any child living anywhere in the world is destined for a life of poverty without an education.

Nowhere is that more true than in sub-Saharan Africa which in no way could be described as “a land of opportunity” for those who can’t read or write, add or subtract of have a general knowledge of the world.

Theirs is a life of struggle and despair with no hope for anything better in their life than to labor hard – if they are fortunate enough to find work – eat for a day, and have a place to sleep for the night.

That’s why Bread and Water for Africa® provides funding for school fees and school uniforms for hundreds of children each year in several African countries.

For example, in Cameroon, our partner there Hope Services, enables deserving children whose greatest wish in the world is to go to school with funding provided by supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®.

This year, Hope Services Director Esther Ndichafah expects to enable more than 200 underprivileged children including orphans and what she calls “persecuted children” to go to school, giving them their only chance for success in life.

Her mission, she says, is to give “the underprivileged the same opportunities to be educated like others” and helping transform “poor children into established self-reliant individuals” by encouraging academic excellence.

At Bread and Water for Africa® Esther’s mission is our mission. We strongly believe that education is not a key to success, it is THE key to success.

In the villages of Bangolan and Babungo in Cameroon, as well as Lolo in Chad, secondary school tuition is extremely inexpensive compared to what it costs to educate a child in the United States.

That is unless you are a poor orphan and then it may as well be $1 million.

In Kenya, Bread and Water for Africa® provides funding for secondary school students living at the affiliated Lewa Children’s Home as well as sponsored children in the local community.

Stella Keino of the Lewa Children’s Home stated that by providing school fees for orphans living at Lewa and others “This benefits the Eldoret community and the country as a whole.”

Stella sees short term, medium term and long term outcomes for the students.

In the short term, children will be able to go directly to high school without any disruption to their education with funding for the school fees in place from the start of the school year to the end.

In the medium term, children will be able to attend all the years of high school without worry of how they will pay their school fees year after year.

And in the long term, the students will be able to attain a higher education than they otherwise might not have been able to “and develop themselves to be better citizens.”

In Zimbabwe, working with our partner there, Margaret Makambira, director of Shinga Development Trust, 30 primary school students and 20 secondary school students, will benefit from our school fee support program.

Margaret firmly believes, as do we, that an educated population will empower the nation, build healthy communities and lead to a long-term goal of self-sufficiency as she works to eradicate illiteracy in her community, one child at a time.

The result of our efforts – all of us, Bread and Water for Africa®, our grassroots partners working every day to better the lives of children in the communities, and you, our supporters who make it all possible – is that today hundreds of children are in school instead of the streets, and tomorrow they will have a bright future, leading the way for thousands to follow.

All because of our supporters, Bread and Water for Africa 2016 highlights include:

  • School construction completed in Cameroon
  • 74 orphaned children found a loving home in Kenya
  • 1,006 students received primary and secondary school education in Sierra Leone
  • 146 children in foster care received food support and assistance with school fees in Zambia
  • 207 children benefited from an orphan feeding program in Zimbabwe

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Bread and Water for Africa® is proud to announce that the construction of the Dr. Kenneth Gerdes primary school in Cameroon is completed and its doors have just opened to students eager to begin a brand new school year in a brand new school building.

Last year, construction began on the K-5 school building, with more classrooms to come, and we couldn’t be more pleased to hear from school President Julius Esunge that the 130 children who have enrolled now have the opportunity for a quality education.

“We are excited that this dream is coming to fruition,” he added.

And so are we here at Bread and Water for Africa®. There is nothing we love doing more than seeing a person with a dream to help others – literally making the world a better place – realize their dream.

You can see for yourself the smiles on the faces of the happy children who can now rejoice as they too are realizing their dream, a dream of an education and a successful future.
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Every year on the fourth Thursday of November millions of Americans across the United States gather with their families and friends for a huge turkey dinner with all the trimmings and giving thanks for all the blessings they have received in life.

In sub-Saharan Africa, with the exception of a few Americans residing there, it will be just another day.

But despite the hardships and challenges facing citizens of countries where Bread and Water for Africa® works in partnership with grassroots organizations including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and elsewhere, there are tens of thousands who have plenty of reason to be thankful.

In 2016 alone:

  • In Cameroon, more than 250 children benefited from the completion of a school, and another 142 orphaned and destitute primary and secondary school students benefited from school fee support.
  • In Ethiopia, 86,000 citizens are thankful for the medical services they received through five hospitals and a clinic supported by Bread and Water for Africa®, while another 12,400 students benefited from a shipment by Bread and Water for Africa® of 22,000 books which was distributed to 20 secondary school libraries.
  • In Kenya, 74 orphaned an abandoned children are thankful to have found a loving home at the Lewa Children’s Home, while another 400 Kenya students from nursery to grade eight benefited from an education provided to them at the KipKeino school, constructed nearly 20 years ago by Bread and Water for Africa®.
  • In Sierra Leone, more than 76,000 residents are grateful for the healthcare services received through hospitals and clinics supported by Bread and Water for Africa®, 3,000 students and local residents benefited from having access to clean, safe water by a well dug by Bread and Water for Africa® on the school grounds, and another 1,006 students are thankful for the education they received at four nurseries, four primary schools and three secondary schools.
  • In Zambia, 93 orphaned children are thankful to have a loving home which provides for all their basic needs and another 146 children living in foster care are grateful for the food support, assistance with school fees and basic health care support they receive.
  • In Zimbabwe, 207 children are thankful for an orphan feeding program supported by Bread and Water for Africa®, while 35 secondary school students are grateful for the opportunity to continue their education through our school fee support program.

But the credit doesn’t belong to us – it goes to you – supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® who without which none of this would be possible.

 

In the city of Douala, Cameroon today there was a little boy born.

We’ll call him Samuel.

He is fighting for his life, as is his 14-year-old mother.

Why?

His mother, we’ll call her Sarah, has no job. No husband. No family to support her. She struggles just to get something to eat each day.

Prenatal care during her pregnancy was out of the question. It’s care that if she had gotten the mother would be rejoicing in the birth of a healthy baby boy, instead of wondering if they are going to live to see tomorrow.

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Hope Services, located 120 miles away in the city of Youanda, has operated a clinic there for more than 20 years providing life-saving care to mothers and children just like Sarah and Samuel.

Hope Services has identified a similar need in Douala, and has asked Bread and Water for Africa® for assistance in constructing a clinic treating the most vulnerable and needy in the impoverished country.

On Giving Tuesday, December 1 we will be asking you for help to make that clinic a reality. On that day, people around the country are asked to remember those most in need.

And on that day, we will be launching an initiative #Clinic4Cameroon and know that supporters just like you will think of Sarah and Samuel and the 60,000 children and adults projected to be treated in the first year alone.

#Clinic4Cameroon. It’s about the numbers. Tens of thousands in the first year – hundreds of thousands in the years to come.

#Clinic4Cameroon. It’s about Sarah and Samuel. It’s about the 60,000.

In Cameroon, there is a shocking dearth of clinics and health care facilities for the country’s most vulnerable – impoverished infants, children and new mothers, particularly girls under 15 years old.

It’s a dearth that leads to death.

For more 20 years, Hope Services has been providing health care for those with little or no money to pay for routine medical services that has saved the lives of thousands in the city of Duala.

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Prenatal care we take for granted in the United States, is an unaffordable luxury for poor pregnant girls and women – a “luxury” which not only saves the lives of children, but mothers as well.

Basic medical care, such as antibiotics for an infection, and medicines for the treatment of malaria, Typhoid fever and many other tropical diseases, makes a difference between being sick in bed for a week or two, or ending up dead.

With the success of its long-established clinic in Youande, Hope Services has discovered there is a great need for such a clinic in the city of Douala, about 120 miles away where the poor in the city are not underserved – they are not served whatsoever.
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Hope Services is asking Bread and Water for Africa® for our help in constructing this clinic which is projected to provide medical services to 60,000 children and adults in the first year alone.

And we are asking for your help.

On Giving Tuesday, December 1 we will launch “Clinic4Cameroon” when people around the country are asked to remember those most in need. And on that day, we know our supporters, both long-time and brand-new, will think of the thousands of children and adults who are literally struggling to survive in one of the poorest countries in the world.

#Clinic4Cameroon. It’s about the numbers — tens of thousands in the first year, hundreds of thousands in the years to come.

#Clinic4Cameroon. It’s about the 60,000.

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Hope Services in Yaounde, Cameroon was founded in 1994 with a mission to provide economically disadvantaged children, women and men with affordable health care services, and free treatment for those with no ability whatsoever to pay, to hundreds of thousands of residents of Cameroon.

Today, Hope Services has a goal to expand its healthcare services to tens of  thousands more by opening a second clinic in the city of Douala, about 120 miles from Yaounde, where there is a lack of adequate, affordable health care for hundreds of thousands of impoverished residents.

The need is great and the facts are staggering.
·        In sub-Saharan Africa countries including Cameroon, hundreds of women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
·        The risk of maternal mortality is highest for adolescent girls under 15 years old and complications in pregnancy and childbirth are their leading cause of death.
·        Less than half of women in sub-Saharan Africa benefit from skilled care during childbirth – meaning that millions of births are not assisted by a doctor, trained nurse or even a midwife.
·        Children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 15 times more likely to die before the age of five than children in developed countries.  In Cameron, nearly 30% of the deaths of children under 5 are from malaria and diarrhea alone –  a mortality rate that could lower significantly with access to health care.
For all these reasons and more, Bread and Water for Africa® is launching “”Clinic4Cameroon”. In the month of December, starting on Giving Tuesday, our goal is to raise the $37,000 necessary to construct a clinic which is projected to serve 60,000 children and adults in its first year of operation alone.

#Clinic4Cameroon. It’s about the numbers – tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands in the years to come who will have a place to turn to when their lives are being threatened by easily preventable and treatable diseases.

#Clinics4Cameroon. It’s about the 60,000.

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Local Partner: Hope Services

Program Director: Mrs. Esther H. Ndichafah

Area Served: Center, Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon

Program Goal: The objective of this organization is to provide holistic care in medical, psychological, social, educational and spiritual domains to the total person in the name of Jesus Christ.

Program Service provided: The program provides care that embodies medical, psychosocial, educational, and spiritual areas of an individual. It is open to all persons irrespective of tribe, race, status, sex, or religion, with emphasis on the underprivileged, prisoners, widows, orphans, handicapped, traumatized and the homeless.

Pregnant-Women-receiving-leNumber of program Beneficiaries: Over 50,000 Cameroonians annually

Current Need: Hope Services has been making plans for a project requested by local community members to construct a multi-purpose, income-generating vocational training and empowerment center in Bangolan Village – located about six hours from the capital in Yaounde – for women, youth, children and other less privileged persons. These marginalized populations will be taught basic education and self-sustaining skills. The project will be in phases. The most current and pressing need will be to raise enough funds to cover the first phase of this project, which would render the center partially operational until the second phase can begin.

Program Summary: Hope Services was created on December 19, 1994 with the core value to reach man with God’s love through meeting an individual’s basic needs. In 1997, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cameroon issued authorization for Mrs. Esther H. NDICHAFAH to run a Health Structure within the Essos neighborhood, of the nation’s capital in Yaoundé. This health structure (HPS Clinic & Maternity) has a capacity of 40 patient admission beds and has been the primary source of income that sponsors all spiritual and humanitarian activities carried out by Hope Services Ministry International.

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In addition, Hope Services operates a medical outreach program to villages in the Northwest Region twice a year and their medical structure in Yaounde meets the need of more than 50,000 persons each year at free or very minimal cost. The programs are also currently meeting the health needs of Yaounde Urban Refugees. With the influx of these refugees, the medical facility has become severely overcrowded and Hope Services hopes to pursue a project of expansion for its operation theater and admission rooms.

Hope Services has also started a micro-loan program to help aid individuals become self-sufficient.  It also completed a structure for a bakery to produce income and provide jobs.

cameroonCapital:
Yaoundé

History:
Cameroon was created by combining two regions, one of which had been colonized by the French and another (the much smaller part) colonized by the British. Since independence, in 1961, there have only been two leaders. Paul Biya has held power since 1982 and, despite nominally expanding political freedoms and multi-party elections, allegations of fraud have been rampant in recent years. Nonetheless, the country has been consistently stable in a very volatile region.

Climate:
Tropical to semiarid – varies according to geography

People:
• Population – 19,294,149
• Median Age – 19.3 years
• Population Growth Rate – 2.157%
• Life Expectancy – 54.04 years
• Literacy – 67.9%
• Average Years of Schooling – 10 years (male), 8 years (female)
• Urban population – 57%

cameroon-flagLanguages/Ethnicities/Religions:
There 24 major African language groups and these ethnic languages are typically spoken natively. English and French are the two official languages, though they are spoken to varying degrees according to regional lines (English only in the northwest and southwest). Cameroonian Pidgin English is the most widespread lingua franca, and Camfranglais, a relatively new mixture of English, French, and Pidgin English has been gaining popularity in recent years.

Cameroon Highlanders 31%, Equatorial Bantu 19%, Kirdi 11%, Fulani 10%, Northwestern Bantu 8%, Eastern Nigritic 7%, other African 13%, non-African less than 1%

Indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%

Economy:
GDP Per Capita – $2,300

GDP Composition by Sector:
• Agriculture: 19.8%
• Industry: 29.7%
• Services: 50.4%

Labor force – by occupation:
• Agriculture: 70%
• Industry: 13%
• Services: 17

Main Exports:
crude oil and petroleum products, lumber, cocoa beans, aluminum, coffee, cotton

What it is known for:
• Foumban (city know for its collections of traditional African art, including a large  museum)
• Beaches
• Wildlife parks
• Mousgoum Huts – made using pottery techniques and know for their unique shape

BWA’s Focus Areas in Cameroon:
• Healthcare
• Vocational Training

 

 

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