For more than two decades, we at Bread and Water for Africa® have remained committed to providing clean, safe drinking water for tens of thousands of children, parents and elders in sub-Saharan Africa.
Over the years, we have dug wells in countries including Cameroon, Zambia, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone and protected safe water spring sites from human and animal contamination in Uganda.
Waterborne illnesses such as cholera, typhoid fever and dysentery, to name just a few, as well as bacterial and parasitic infections are among the most common causes of serious illness, and even death, and tragically all of this sickness and fatalities can be easily preventable.
In addition to the significant health concerns, children — practically all young girls who should be in school — are instead spending their childhood and youth walking back and forth long distances to fetch water for their families from often contaminated sources.
At Bread and Water for Africa® we work with local leaders of rural villages where clean water is a precious commodity to dig wells, frequently on the grounds of schools and clinics which serve not only the students and patients and healthcare staff, but also the greater community as whole.
Water scarcity affects one in three people in sub-Saharan Africa through either unclean water, or through terrible droughts which cause deaths some dehydration.
And today, with the COVID-19 pandemic making inroads into the countries where we work, clean water — always a necessity of life — is more critical than ever.
For the thousands who benefit from these safe water sources their lives have been transformed and no longer do they live in fear of illness or death each time they take a drink.