The 25-year-old woman from the small village of Gandorhun in Sierra Leone had just lost her husband when she learned she was pregnant and was struggling to care for her two children.
“Life had become difficult for her as she also had to take care of her pregnancy,” reported Rev. Francis Mambu, executive director of our partner there, Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO).
Fifty-eight years ago, the African Union designated July 31 as Pan African Women’s Day to celebrate “ordinary” women like Lillian to dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment across the continent.
The Pan-African Women’s Organization notes the important role of African women, such as Lillian, “who continue to be the backbone of our economies as farmers, entrepreneurs, traders, scientists and leaders in many other sectors.”
Doing her best raising her children on her own, three months into her pregnancy she knew something was not right and came to a clinic operated by FHDO where she had received treatment during her first two pregnancies complaining of abdominal pain.
It was there her health issue was properly diagnosed and she was treated at no cost with medication provided by Bread and Water for Africa® and was “completely healed and subsequently discharged from the clinic,” reported Rev. Mambu.
“She happily returned home,” he added, where she is once again caring for her two young children, and her healthy newborn.
While access to medical care is, of course, always critically important, the need for clinics to treat indigent Africans such as Lillian can be a matter of life and death, particularly now with the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the continent and millions of children like hers count on their mothers to keep them fed and cared for.
Without the FHDO clinic where she was treated during her pregnancy there’s no telling what could have happened to her and her unborn child.
And to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®, Lillian says:
“I thank God that I am healed from this reproach. Thanks to the almighty God and providers of the medicines.”
Lillian just one of the untold millions of African women who spend their days caring for their children, putting them above themselves, and on this day recognizing them we honor them and proud of our supporters for helping to enable her to return home — and her most vital work of raising her children.
At the Logos Academy School in the small village of Nafami in Sierra Leone there are 300 students who don’t have convenient access to safe drinking water – but thanks to our supporters this dire situation will change by the end of the year, and the students’ lives will be transformed.
Additionally, the well will serve a population of 1,000 in the surrounding village, ensuring that they will no longer be forced to walk long distances carrying 5-gallon containers of water weighing 40 pounds on their heads from unsafe sources.
“Access to safe drinking water in the village is a challenge,” stated Rev. Frances Mambu, director of Faith Healing Development Organization, a longtime partner of ours, which is constructing the school. “The need for water in the community cannot be over-emphasized.”
We are doing all we can to expedite the digging of this much-needed well by sponsoring our “Wata for Salone!” (Water for Sierra Leone) 5K Run/Walk to be held on Sunday, June 3, in Arlington, Virginia. And even if you can’t take part in the event itself, you can still help us reach our goal of $7,500 by sponsoring a participant. For more information, please visit https://www.generosityseries.com/charities/bread-and-water-for-africa/d.c.–district-of-columbia/.
Bread and Water for Africa® has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Neilom Engineering for Social Change Fund to build a water well in Sierra Leone.
The grant is being made available through the Neilom Foundation and the Center for Engineering Concepts Development in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in partnership with the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park.
“Our name reflects our highest priority to bring clean water to families, clinics, schools and entire communities,” stated Bread and Water for Africa® Executive Director Bethelhem Tessema, who noted that Bread and Water for Africa®, through partnerships with grassroots organizations in Africa, has provided water wells for tens of thousands of people in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zambia and Sierra Leone.
The $10,000 grant funding will go towards building a hand pump water well to serve the Hill Station Primary and Secondary Schools as well as the surrounding community in Freetown, Sierra Leone. We will commit matching funds of $5,092 to fully meet to the total project costs of $15,092.
In 2015, we established a goal of building three wells in Sierra Leone, a country still recovering from the Ebola outbreak of 2014, by June 2016. The first of the three wells, in the community of Waterloo, is soon to be completed.
Bread and Water for Africa® has established a goal of building a total of three wells in Sierra Leone, still recovering from the Ebola outbreak of 2014 which continued into 2015, for FY 2016. The first well, in the community of Waterloo, is soon to be completed.
The Neilom Grant money, combined with the matching funds contributed by Bread and Water for Africa®, will make it possible to complete the second well early in 2016.
We will administer the grant with its partner, Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO), of Freetown , Sierra Leone, which have worked as partners for more than 10 years. Weather permitting, the construction of the new well could begin as soon as January and be completed by the end of March.
The need for such a well in Sierra Leone is great. The vast majority of the population does not have access to safe and clean water and nearly half of the population uses unprotected water as their primary source for drinking, bathing and washing.
We are extremely grateful to the Neilom Engineering for Social Change Fund for recognizing the need for a well in this community that will benefit thousands and literally save lives.
On behalf of these thousands, we say “Tenki” (“Thank You” in Krio, the national language of Sierra Leone).