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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Much More Than a “Transit Centre”

Much More Than a “Transit Centre”

kabwatasmOur partners in Zambia at the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre (KOTC) have provided holistic care including nutrition, education, and healthcare for hundreds of children over the years. But what sets them apart is the work captured by the second part of their name – “Transit Centre”. Whether it’s an emergency rescue case from the police, an ailing child from the nearby University Teaching Hospital, or a family of five children fleeing the conflict in the Congo – our supporters make sure that KOTC never has to turn a child away.

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A Flourishing and Productive Society Through Agriculture

A Flourishing and Productive Society Through Agriculture

agricultureAgriculture comprises about 78% of Sierra Leone’s economy, employing two-thirds of the labor force. Most Sierra Leoneans rely on what they harvest for subsistence and to sell for a modest income.

Through the support of Bread and Water for Africa®, Faith Healing Development Organization provided funding for the implementation of small scale women’s cooperative farming program which provides food for infants and lactating mothers as well as revenue to support the clinic. Women are offered seeds to grow crops like peanuts, rice, cassava, and vegetables to sell. In addition, this programs aims to advocate self-sufficiency in woman with the opportunity to feed their families and sell their excess crops in local markets.

Thanks to you, many families are able to provide their children with daily meals and with enough of an income to support their children’s education.

Please Support Our Food Self-Sufficiency Programs Today.

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Planting at the Faith Healing Deveopment Organization farmland.

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Harvesting together.

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Drying of harvested rice

Educate a Child, Educate a Country

Educate a Child, Educate a Country

school-waterloo-class-tnThanks to your support, since 2006 the Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO) in Sierra Lene constructed and maintained schools, that serve a combined total of more than 724 students annually. The need in Sierra Leone is great. Areas ravaged by civil war and deprived of accessible education have now have flourishing schools, thanks to the support from FHDO and our friends like you. Read more about FHDO’s accomplishments in Sierra Leone.

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