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.

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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Merry Christmas from the Lewa Children's Home

Together We Helped Make a New Life for Hundreds of Orphaned and Abandoned Children During Our 2014 Fiscal Year. 

  • Please Give Today!107 orphaned and abandoned children lived in the Lewa Children’s Home where they received food, healthcare, an education, and a loving place to call home. (Kenya)
  • 74 orphaned and abandoned children have a place to call home where all their basic needs were met, giving them hope for a healthy future. (Zambia)
  • 400 children, most born with HIV, benefited from an orphan feeding program operated by Shinga Development Trust. (Zimbabwe)

Thanks to your generous support in the past, we have accomplished so much for the children of Africa, but the need to ensure our programs continue in the new year is still great.  

Please make your year-end tax-deductible gift for the hundreds of orphans we already help, and for those still in need.

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The kitchen is near completion.

All good things take time, and such is the case with the Shinga Development Trust’s children’s village for orphans in Zimbabwe.

And the time is near when Shinga founder and director Margaret Makambira will be realizing her dream – and the dreams of dozens of orphans who will soon have what so many children in the United States take for granted – a bed to sleep in at night, a breakfast, lunch and dinner during the day, a school to attend with teachers who are helping them to succeed, and people who cherish and love them.

Shinga - ZimbabweWe here at Bread and Water for Africa® are proud to be Margaret’s partner in such a worthy project and can’t say who is more excited to see it come to fruition before the end of this year, her, the children who will have a place to call home, or us.

 

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Zimbabwe, countless children have lost both of their parents to the ravishes of HIV and AIDS, and many of them do not even have other family members who can take care of them so they are forced to live on the streets fending for themselves. But in the community of Mutare, Margaret Makambria executive director of the Shinga Development Trust, is working with Bread and Water for Africa® to build an orphan’s village, based on the Lewa Children’s Home model in Kenya.

Orphans have a home

Shinga Development Trust provides a home for HIV/AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe.

Also like Phyllis Keino’s project in Eldoret, Margaret’s project will also have a farm program to produce enough vegetables, fruit and meat for the children in the village, as well as to have enough left over to sell the surplus at a local market.

Margaret tells of having a dream to establish the children’s village, but had no idea of how to get funding. “Because of faithful sponsorship of Bread and Water for Africa® finally our dream is coming to pass,” she says, and soon, the homes, which are still under construction, will be providing a loving home for orphans with widows serving as house mothers to look after them.

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The project will also have a farm program to produce enough vegetables, fruit and meat for the children in the village.