A year in Health Care in Africa

A year in Health Care in Africa

Tragically, millions in sub-Saharan African countries die needlessly every year, particularly young mothers and their infant children. Otherwise healthy children and adults are sickened and die from easily preventable and treatable illnesses due to a lack of safe drinking water and the most basic of medications. We support health care programs in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sierra Leone.

At Bread and Water for Africa®, thanks to our supporters, we were able to provide medicine and medical equipment to our partners on the ground, who work tirelessly providing around-the-clock care.

In Cameroon, more than 4,000 residents of the city of Yanoundé and the surrounding community benefited from a clinic and hospital operated by our partner there, Hope Services. In addition, with the completion of a clinic in Douala this year, an estimated 60,000 people will have their health needs met.

In Sierra Leone, more than 56,000 people received medical care, counseling, and health education from our partners, Faith Healing Development Organization and Christian Health Services of Sierra Leone, as
well as from United Methodist Church clinics and hospitals.

In Ethiopia, an estimated 10,000 or more people received medical care through the Salae University healthcare program at four hospitals and 11 clinics, using the 40-foot container of donated medical supplies and hospital equipment we shipped this year.

In Kenya, the more than 4,000 people served at the Kebeneti Dispensary will benefit from recently installed solar panels, which provide electricity and hot water.

In Cameroon, more than 4,000 residents of the city of Yanoundé and the surrounding community benefited from a clinic and hospital operated by our partner there, Hope Services. In addition, with the completion of a clinic in Douala this year, an estimated 60,000 people will have their health needs met.

A year of Education

A year of Education

In Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions,
of orphaned and destitute children who have any place to call home, who don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and who have no one to love them and keep them safe.

But thanks to our partners, 54 children have a warm bed to sleep in at night at the Lewa Children’s Home
in Kenya, and 44 more vulnerable children receive basic needs support. In Zambia, Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre provides a home for 52 children and provides support for 31 more living in foster care. And at Shinga Development Trust in Zimbabwe, 13 children have a loving home at its newly-opened Lerato Children’s Home.

Program founders and directors Phyllis Keino, Angela Miyanda and Margaret Makambira have become “mothers” to thousands over the years and decades who otherwise would have grown up alone and in despair, with no hope. They now have a brighter future, in large part thanks to the assistance made possible by our supporters.

Hope Services’ Esther Ndichafah: Our ‘Mother Teresa of Cameroon’

Hope Services’ Esther Ndichafah: Our ‘Mother Teresa of Cameroon’

It is not far-fetched to describe our partner Esther Ndichafah, founder and director of our longtime partner Hope Services Ministry International, as the “Mother Teresa of Cameroon.”

We know of no one who has done more for those most in need in her impoverished country whose clinics have provided free and low-cost health care to some 100,000 Cameroonians – especially young mothers with infants and for those whose lives are saved from easily treatable, but potentially fatal, diseases.

In addition, Esther has worked diligently to provide thousands of orphaned and destitute children in Cameroon and Chad with an education – their only pathway to success and out of a life of dire poverty – during our 10-year partnership through a support program which pays the school fees, purchases required school uniforms, and more, all made possible only through the support of people like you.

All of us at Bread and Water for Africa® commend Esther and are constantly amazed by how much she is able to accomplish for thousands of mothers and babies who are today happy and healthy and the children who are filled with hope for a bright future – all made possible thanks to her, and our supporters.

Giving Tuesday: Medical Supplies for the Cameroon

Giving Tuesday: Medical Supplies for the Cameroon

Thanks to the support of African children through your generous gifts to Bread and Water for Africa®, we started funding the construction of a clinic/hospital in Douala about three years ago.

The clinic was supposed to open in May of 2018, but because of the election of the new president in Cameroon and some civil unrest in the north of the country, the opening was delayed.

Now, the clinic is finished and ready to start helping the people of this poor and disease filled country, but before the clinic can help Cameroonian children, we need to send a major shipment of medical supplies and equipment.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 to equip the clinic with medical supplies. Around 30 percent of Douala’s population lives in poverty, and the clinic will serve tens of thousands of mothers and children. They will receive life-lengthening and life-saving treatment there for years to come if we’re successful.

Please know that you absolutely can make a difference on Giving Tuesday in so many ways.

Click here to support medical supplies for Cameroon.

Harvest Time is Now in sub-Saharan Africa

Harvest Time is Now in sub-Saharan Africa

Right now it’s harvest time throughout sub-Saharan Africa including the countries where we support farming operations to Baraka Farm in Kenya which provides food and support to the Lewa Children’s Home, to the smallholder farmers who subsist on what they can grow on their own tiny tracts of land.

Here in the United States, we are blessed with an abundance of food available at the local grocery store, but that is not the case for millions of Sierra Leoneans who rely on what they are able to harvest for themselves, and what they can purchase at the local market.

Thanks to people like you, families in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, and Zambia are benefiting from agricultural programs supported by Bread and Water for Africa® which not only ensures that they have at least one filling meal day, but money in their pockets with the little surplus they are able to sell.