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.

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.

Tractor for Sierra Leone

Tractor for Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, the soil and growing conditions are ideal for large-scale farming. But people are starving because of a lack of farming equipment necessary to cultivate large tracts of land which tragically lay fallow.

However, thanks to our supporters, this fall we were able to ship a pre-owned, factory certified Ford 5030 tractor and accessories to our partner there, Faith Healing Development Organization, which operates a 100-acre farm.

The tractor will make a huge difference in the efficiency of the farming operation and resulting in a significant increase in harvests year after year – and that translates into more food on the tables of families and into the bellies of hungry children. We are very grateful to our partners Arms Around Africa and the Royer Family Foundation.

School Fees in Chad

School Fees in Chad

For untold thousands of children in Chad, just getting clean water to drink and food to eat is a struggle, particularly for orphans and the poorest of the poor in this destitute country – and the idea of going to school is beyond the realm of possibility.

But thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® hundreds of Chadian boys and girls not only have their school fees paid through a tuition assistance program operated by our partner Hope Services, they are also provided the required uniforms. The costs for their examination fees are also covered.

For us and our partners at Hope Services, the mission of educating children is one in the same: “Giving the underprivileged the same opportunities to be educated like others, and leading poor children into established self-reliant individuals,” states director Esther Ndichafah.