A serious drought is having “immense impact” on people’s lives and livelihoods in Ethiopia, stated a United Nation Emergency Relief Coordinator who visited the country in January.

The UN News Service reported that Ethiopian farmers are “still living on the brink…and struggling to sustain themselves and their families. Farmers are already fleeing their homes in search of water.”

And this is the case in a region of the country known as Kombolcha.

“Tragic,” you might say to yourself in sympathy for those affected. “But what can I do?”

For one thing, you can participate in the Bread and Water for Africa® Generosity Series 5K to be held Sunday, June 11, at Anacostia Park in Washington, DC. At only 3.1 miles, the event accommodates runners of all ages and abilities, walkers and the differently-abled as well.

Our mission has long included bringing clean, safe water to those communities in Africa most in need.

Through the 5K run/walk, Bread and Water for Africa® is hoping to make our goal of $11,500 to dig a water well in a region of the country known as Kombolcha. The well would serve an estimated 130 families – each with an average of six family members – providing water to 780 children, women and men.

“Woha hiyiweti newi” means “Water is life” in the Amharic language spoken in Kombolcha. The “Woha (Water ) for Kombolcha” 5K will help us in our mission to give water, and indeed life, to families in Ethiopia.

As the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator stated after seeing the dire situation in the country, “We need to act now before it’s too late. “We have no time to lose.”

For more information on the “Woha (Water ) for Kombolcha” 5K Run/Walk, or sign up to participate, please click here.

 

Education is the future of Africa

Ethiopian classroomWhile we strive to ensure African children have proper nutrition and access to clean water, we also realize they will likely not get far in life without an education. To that end, Bread and Water for Africa® has partnered with Books for Africa for years to ship books to primary and secondary school in Ethiopia. In the past two years, we have shipped nearly 50,0000 books to Sierra Leone and Ethiopia and plans are underway to ship another 20,000 more to Ethiopia in the next few months.

Our partner in Ethiopia, Harmaya University, sponsors more than 50 high schools with a total attendance of nearly 27,000 students who are eager to get more books. The high school students in Ethiopia will benefit more from these books since all the subjects in the secondary schools are taught in English.

This initiative is in line with our mission to promote literacy for African children in the strong belief education aren’t just an investment in the future of Africa – education is the future of Africa.

When the books soon arrive in Ethiopia after weeks of crossing the sea on a cargo ship, scores of young Ethiopian scholars will be able to read new books made possible through your generosity. Supporting programs like this give thousands a chance at a better life and future.

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Clean and safe water is such a scarce resource for so many, including in Sierra Leone.  Mothers, children, the sick, and indeed entire communities suffer from inadequate and unhealthy water in far too many communities of Sierra Leone.

That’s why this month, with our partner there, Faith Healing Development Organization, Bread and Water for Africa® will be drilling a much-needed well in Waterloo Community Sierra Leone to provide clean, safe water not only to the school where it will be located, but to a nearby clinic where uncontaminated water is critical to survival of the patients, as well as the community as a whole.

We have launched a 14 for 14 Matching Grant Challenge to raise the necessary funds – just $14,000 – to build this critically needed well.  This week, as World Water Day was celebrated on Sunday, March 22, there are so many reasons why this well is vital to this Waterloo community – including the 14 we are listing on our website through March 30.  14 facts for $14,000 life saving dollars Every dollar will be matched and will bring life-saving water to an entire community. We are working to raise awareness about the plight of so many that suffer from a lack of clean water with 14 important facts and raise $14,000 to drill that well.

Learn more facts about the necessity of clean and accessible water, and join us in our mission to ensure that the residents of the small village of Waterloo have something we all here in the United States take for granted – a steady supply of clean, safe water.

 

 

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For a student to excel in any subject, they first must master the skill of reading – which, of course, requires books, lots and lots of books.

That is why this month Bread and Water for Africa® is shipping a 40-foot container full of books (estimated at 22,000) to Wollo University in northern Ethiopia which sponsors 44 high schools and 17 primary schools for the book project. The books are expected to arrive in Ethiopia by mid-May and be distributed to the schools’ libraries, ultimately benefiting 44,938 high school and 16,696 primary school students.

As high school students in Ethiopia are taught in English, the books will go a long way towards promoting literacy which will carry them through school regardless of the class.

It is our sincere wish that providing these tens of thousands of students with access to thousands of books instills in them a desire to read about many topics and opens up countless worlds to them. It is a wish we are certain will come true.

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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.

 

 

 

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

Program Director: Professor Augustin Sesay

Area Served: Eastern Ethiopia

Program Goal: To provide health care services to the people living in and near the village of Baite where there is high unemployment – 75 percent to 80 percent – and many of the poor work as peasant farmers to sustain themselves. Haramaya Health Center serves a community of 200,000 individuals. In the hospital, the greatest morbidity problems relate to upper respiratory, urinary tract, or pneumonia. Most mortality is related to pneumonia, intestinal problems, and septicemia which the hospital is striving to address. 

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

Number of program Beneficiaries:

Current Need: 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.

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.

Ethiopia is the only African country to never have been colonized, though it was briefly occupied by Italy during part of WWII.  Ethiopia has been a leader in joining the United Nations, supporting the decolonization of Africa and establishing the Organization of African Unity. Today, Ethiopia is one of the world’s poorest countries, prone to the risk of famine.  Bordering two nations at war, Sudan and Somalia, Ethiopia has itself known long-term conflict with Eritrea.  

Malnutrition, poor sanitation, and inadequate health care translate to a high infant mortality rate at 104.5 infant deaths per 1000 live births.  That’s roughly one in ten!  Poor education opportunities hinder future development; 62% of Ethiopian women ages 15-19 are illiterate, as are 47% of males of the same age bracket.  Of the poorest fifth of Ethiopian women, only 2% have completed fifth grade, perpetuating the vicious cycle of poverty for their children.

Bread and Water for Africa UK supports programs in Ethiopia to improve self-sufficiency and nutrition, and offers vocational training opportunities adapted to the needs of the communities in which our programs are established.

Through our sustainable agriculture programs and our local partner YETEEM, we train communities in the Afar region of northeast Ethiopia to cultivate land in a fashion adapted to its vulnerability to cyclical drought, paying particular attention to water management.
    
In addition, YETEEM offers other practical vocational training opportunities, in computers or in sewing for example, allowing for employment after training.  To this day, every person trained at YETEEM found a job after or during training.  This program provides practical competencies, helping people to participate directly in regional economic development.  It also gives them and their families an even more important source of change: a sense of pride and hope.

In Ethiopia, we also work with another local partner organization, HUNDEE, in a programs designed specifically for single mothers and their families.  We give these families a cow within a framework of a community cooperative.  Milk products and butter are sold and also used for the consumption by the family.

This project has been a real success thanks to the women’s hard work and the active participation that allowed them to exceed the initial projections.  But there are many more women who are still on the waiting list to participate in the HUNDEE project.  These women have worked hard to improve the social and economic conditions of their lives and the lives of their families.  Bread and Water for Africa UK is by their side to help in the development and the financing of new projects.  

Grants to Ethiopia,
2004/2005: £ 20,000

A serious drought is having “immense impact” on people’s lives and livelihoods in Ethiopia, stated a United Nation Emergency Relief Coordinator who visited the...