Health Care Challenge: Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest infant mortality rates in the world. In Sierra Leone alone, one in every five children will die before age 5.(UNICEF Division of Policy and Strategy 9/13)
2013 Accomplishments: 201,610 Rehydration Salt Packets of cholera medicine were provided to the Faith Healing Development Organization for their five clinics. Over 37,000 benefited from the health care service. (Sierra Leone)
Over 25,000 patients received quality medical treatment as well as educational services at the Haramaya University Hospital. (Ethiopia)
Over 3,200 Cameroonians benefitted from donations of medical supplies, hygiene items, and school materials to the Hope Services International Program. (Cameroon).
Challenges: The growth and development of two out of every five children in Sub-Saharan Africa is stunted due to poor nutrition during pregnancy and early childhood. (UNICEF April 2013)
247 million people are in vulnerable employment in Sub Saharan Africa, meaning that they are more likely to be exploited in unsafe working conditions or lose their jobs suddenly and unexpectedly. (International Labor Organization 2013)
2013 Accomplishments: Over 2,000 children under the age of five and pregnant and breastfeeding women received supplemental food, providing important nutrition during this critical stage of their lives. (Sierra Leone)
Over 250 people now have the opportunity for employment at Baraka Farm. (Kenya)
Over 150 children at the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre will benefit annually from the expansion of the banana plantation, which provides nutritious bananas for the children as well as generating a surplus income for the orphanage operations starting this December. (Zambia)
Education and Vocational Training Challenge: One in four youth in Sub-Saharan Africa are illiterate, making it difficult to learn job skills, understand their legal rights, and improve themselves.
2013 Educational Accomplishments: 720 Students are receiving primary and secondary school education through grants provided to the Faith Healing Development Organization, with the first class set to graduate in 2016! (Sierra Leone)
389 children from the Lewa Childrenâ€™s Home and the surrounding area received primary education and quality nursery care through the Kipkeino Primary School. (Kenya)
159 vulnerable children received financial aid for school tuition, uniforms, supplies, and other basic needs. (Kenya)
Orphan Care Challenge: In 2011, over 53 million children lost the care of one or both parents in Sub-Saharan Africa due to infectious disease, conflict, malnutrition or displacement. (UNICEF 2013)
2013 Accomplishments: 220 orphaned children at Lewa Childrenâ€™s Home were provided with food, health care and education. (Kenya)
Over 650 people have benefitted from Shingaâ€™s orphan feeding, education, and vocational training programs. (Zimbabwe)
Over 400 children and workers benefited annually from the income generated by the Lewa Childrenâ€™s Home Guest House, started in Fiscal Year 2012. (Kenya)
Honoring the Life of Nelson Mandela, a Life Well Lived!
â€śLet there be work, bread, water and salt for all.â€ť
- Nelson Mandela
On Thursday, December 5th, Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 from a lung infection â€“ remnant, many say, from his bouts of tuberculosis during his 27 year imprisonment for anti-Apartheid activity. Mandelaâ€™s death sparked a worldwide period of mourning and appreciation for the immense legacy that his ideology, struggle, and words left behind for today and tomorrowâ€™s generation as we continue on his path for equality and justice for every human being.
A Flourishing and Productive Society Through Agriculture
Agriculture comprises about 78% of Sierra Leoneâ€™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 our partners in Sierra Leone, we provided funding for the implementation of a women's cooperative farming program which provides food for infants and lactating mothers, as well as revenue to support a partnering clinic. This program aims to advocate self-sufficiency in women while adding the opportunity to feed their families and sell their excess crops in local markets. Read full story here.
Although the Kaweza village lies just 40 minutes outside of the bustling capital of Lusaka, Zambia â€“ it is like entering a different world. Completely disconnected from the capital and other infrastructural necessities like roads, healthcare, and education, Bread and Water for Africa has worked with the community to build a clinic and a school to cater to the families and children in the village. Today, the Amali School provides the first stepping stone for children in Kaweza to break free from the embedded cycles of poverty.
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