2017 was a year of joy for so many

2017 was a year of joy for so many

Thousands of African children will be able to greet the new year full of hope, thanks to friends like you.  On behalf of the children who were born healthy this year and their mothers who gave birth safely; families who have access to clean water and who no longer risk illness or even death drinking from contaminated sources; and so many others, we say THANK YOU!

In 2017, you brought joy to thousands, including

149 orphaned children who live at the Lewa Children’s Home in Eldoret, Kenya and the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre in Lusaka, Zambia, all who received food, health care, and other basic needs, as well as an education.

152 orphaned, abandoned or destitute children who were supported through foster care and received food support, a living allowance, help with school fees and basic health care.

65,000 people who received medical care, counseling and health education from our partner organizations in Sierra Leone.

1,225 children at the Lamgie Full Cycle Elementary School in Ethiopia who have clean drinking water from a well that was completed in May on the school grounds.

150 female farmers who received training and supplies from our partner in Sierra Leone to establish small farming operations to help sustain their families.

Thank you for making smiles possible for these children, women, and so many more.

Thank you for making joy a possibility.

A letter from Phyllis

A letter from Phyllis

Below is a letter from our spokesperson, Phyllis Keino R.N. We hope you find her words to be as inspiring and hopeful as we did.

Dear Friends,

On the eve of a brand new year full of hope for thousands of Africans whose lives you made better in 2017, I wish to take this opportunity to say thank you on behalf of the children who were born healthy this year and their mothers who gave birth safely; families who have access to clean water and who no longer risk illness or even death drinking from contaminated sources; and so many others.

Your generosity to Bread and Water for Africa® has made all of this possible – and more!

As you will read below, Baraka, (which means “blessing” in Kenya’s native language of Kiswahili), all that we have accomplished together in my home country of Kenya, as well as Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe and elsewhere. Working together with our grassroots partners, Bread and Water for Africa® and you form a team that can truly call a blessing. Here’s just a little of what you have helped to make possible in 2017 alone:

53 children who were living at the Lewa Children’s Home in Eldoret, Kenya received food, health care, and other basic needs, as well as an education.

68 orphaned, abandoned or destitute children were supported through foster care and extended family living arrangements.

96 orphaned children found a loving home at the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre in Lusaka, Zambia which provided for all of their basic needs including food, shelter and healthcare, as well as educational opportunities and vocational training, and counseling.

• Another 84 children living in foster care received food support, a living allowance, assistance with school fees and basic health care through Kabwata’s outreach program.

65,000 people received medical care, counseling and health education from the Faith Healing Development Organization, Christian Health Association of Sierra Leone and the Panguma Catholic Mission Hospital in Sierra Leone.

1,225 children at the Lamgie Full Cycle Elementary School in Ethiopia have clean drinking water from a well that was completed in May on the school grounds.

460 children were provided with an education at the Kipkeino Primary School in Eldoret, Kenya, including orphaned and abandoned children living at the Lewa Children’s Home.

• An additional 34 vulnerable children in the Eldoret area received financial aid for school tuition, supplies and uniforms through Lewa’s outreach program.

150 female farmers received training and supplies from Faith Healing Development Organization in Sierra Leone to establish small farming operations which sustained their basic needs.

With the support of Bread and Water for Africa®, I have also truly been blessed to be the mother of hundreds of orphaned and abandoned children who have been able to call the Lewa Children’s Home their home over the years. Thanks to you, a child who is all alone in the world and brought to Lewa soon learns that he or she now has a loving home where all their needs are met and dozens of brand-new “siblings” who treat them as a brother or sister.

Your generosity warms my heart. Yet despite the many lives we have been able to touch, the need is so much greater. Children and their mothers in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Ethiopia and communities in other African countries need so much. Your gift today would help so many.

Orphaned children need school supplies and school fees – a gift of $30 would supply 4 children with the textbooks they need for one year. Expectant mothers need medical care – a gift of $60 would provide that care to 15 mothers in one year. Communities need clean water – a gift of $120 goes a long way to bringing water lines and wells to communities with no running water.

Please send your end-of-year gift of $100, $50, $30, or whatever you can, to help us provide these most basic necessities of life for thousands of African children and families as we have done for nearly 20 years. Any support will help and be greatly appreciated – more than you will ever know.

Thank you for always showing how much you care for those in need halfway around the world.

My best regards,

Phyllis Keino R.N.

Volunteer Spokesperson

P.S. You have done so much for the people in Africa through your support this year and as we say goodbye to this blessed year I hope you can find it within your means to give a gift that will help light up this joyous season for the children of Africa who are looking forward to a promising new year anew.

 

Watch all we’ve been able to accomplish in 2016! Thank you!

Watch all we’ve been able to accomplish in 2016! Thank you!

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

Watch here how successful 2016 has been thus far!

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

child-waterWater is life. It can sometimes be easy for us to take this precious resource for granted thanks to its ready availability here in the United States, but access to water is a daily concern and threat in many regions of Africa.

drainageIn 2009, Kenya experienced its worst drought in over 40 years. The lack of rainfall that persisted for more than 11 months that year caused water shortages throughout the nation, creating even greater difficulties in the communities affected. Not only did people lack water essential for their own health, but there was also no water to sustain crops – leading to massive crop failures that sunk the region into famine and further poverty.

reseviorWithout a stable supply of water, our partners the Lewa Children’s Home in Eldoret, Kenya could not provide for the 500-600 people who depend on the complex every day. As a result of the devastating drought of 2009, the Lewa Children’s Home complex, including nearby Baraka Farm and Kipkeino Primary School, realized the need for improved water management to prevent future disasters. We at Bread and Water for Africa® worked with the Lewa Children’s Home to combat the water shortage by supporting forward thinking projects and stability for the Home in the future.

Water-harvesting provides great benefits and a unique stability to areas where rainfall is sporadic. This type of water management allows for water to be stored through extended periods of drought to be used for irrigation, as well as drinking water for animals and – after filtration- for people.

waterharvest2After extensive research into the technology and system that would be most successful and sustainable for the Lewa Children’s Home Complex, Jos Creemers and Phyllis Keino determined that a two reservoir system to harvest and store the water was the best approach. Thanks to the rallying and support of all of our loyal and compassionate donors, we were able to support Lewa’s installation of this water-harvesting system just in time for the next drought.

Thanks to the new ability for the reservoirs to capture rainfall during the rainy season (however short it may be in a given year), and the capacity of the equipment to actually prevent any evaporation of the stored water – the home is able to withstand droughts by planning and rationing the stored water. Upon implementation, the first water reservoir was completely filled in just six weeks! Needless to say, the water-harvesting project has been a great success! This water management project provides the Lewa Children’s Home with improved water and food security, which allows the complex to focus on increased care of its beneficiaries rather than on the basic day-to-day survival of the complex.

waterharvestAlthough this project has been a huge success, the devastating effects that Lewa Children’s Home faced during the tragic drought of summer 2011 showed us that there is still more that can be done – training, better equipment, and larger storage capacity to name a few. Future investment in the water infrastructure and sustainable water and soil management is still necessary.

Would you consider donating today to aid in the continuation and expansion of this project?

 

 

 

Haramaya Health Center/Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital

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Local Partner: Haramaya Health Center/Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital

Local Partner Director: Professor Augustin Sesay

Area Served: Eastern Ethiopia

Program Goal:
To provide an exceptional education and educational opportunities to Kenyan children.

Program Services Provided: Haramaya Health Center provides primary medical treatment both inpatient care and outpatient care, and has obstetrics services.

Current Needs: While the clinic is small, it is organized to handle a large number of patients and emphasis is placed on prevention. However, there is a constant shortage of supplies and equipment and serious cases must be referred to other facilities. Needed items include ultrasound equipment, surgical operating room lights and a surgical table. At the hospital, the needs are described as enormous and urgent. The need at the hospital is primarily a lack of supplies and modern equipment, combined with a shortage of doctors.IMG_9020

Program Summary: The focus of the hospital is general medicine. The hospital’s strength is that it is a regional hospital for the eastern part of the country which became a teaching hospital in 2011. It also offers specialties that small clinics cannot offer.

 

 

 

Your monthly gift sustains our programs.

Your monthly gift sustains our programs.

Join Our Monthly Giving Program

monthly givingChange the future for African children by becoming a Partner for Africa’s Future and joining our monthly giving program. It doesn’t take much to make a difference.

With over 900 children in the children’s homes and schools that we support, the needs are constant and you can help us plan for the many needs of these children year-round with your faithful monthly support.

 

monthly-supportChange the future for African children by becoming a Partner for Africa’s Future and joining our monthly giving program. It doesn’t take much to make a difference.

With over 900 children in the children’s homes and schools that we support, the needs are constant and you can help us plan for the many needs of these children year-round with your faithful monthly support. And right now for all new monthly supporters, we’ll send you a special thank you follow up that includes a photo and story of a child who is receiving a better tomorrow thanks to you.

Knowing we can rely on your regular gifts will help us focus on the needs of the children and together we will all be partners in providing a brighter future for Africa’s children.

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