Three weeks after Cyclone Idai struck, these orphans are desperate

Three weeks after Cyclone Idai struck, these orphans are desperate

Bread and Water for Africa’s® long-time partner in Zimbabwe, Shinga Development Trust, helps provide loving homes and provides educations for orphans and deserted children. To say that the country is besieged by drastic weather conditions is an understatement. 

In the capital city of Harare, poor rains have caused significant drops in the capacity of its main source of water, Lake Chivero. Some 200 miles to east in Mutare, where Shinga is located, tens of thousands are still struggling with the aftermath of floods that killed nearly 270 people and destroyed countless homes and roads, reported Voice of America on April 7.

Three weeks after Cyclone Idai struck, Shinga executive director Margaret Makambira is struggling to meet the needs of the orphans under her care – a big enough job in normal circumstances.

But these times there are anything but.

With your help, Bread and Water for Africa® will be sending a grant to Margaret soon to enable her to purchase the water, food and other supplies necessary to continue to provide the children with the basic necessities of life.

“The people of Zimbabwe have been suffering a lot,” noted Bread and Water for Africa® Executive Director Bethelhem Tessema, “and we need to provide them with support.”

The United Nations has determined that $60 million is needed to help Zimbabwe recover from the cyclone disaster noting that in addition to the flooding and water shortage, Zimbabweans are also facing an economic crisis with prices of staples such as rice, cooking oil and sugar having risen by as much as 60 percent since February.

Margaret and the children she is responsible for are desperate. Please help us help them today.

Kobby’s Story -Lewa Children’s Home

Kobby’s Story -Lewa Children’s Home

Kobby was abandoned when she was only 7 years old and the first home she can remember was the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

“When I came to Lewa Children’s Home, I felt good,” Kobby said. “I attended KipKeino Nursery School and I have continued learning there up to now, where I am in Class 5.”

At Lewa, Kobby has everything she needs.

“I am happy,” she says. “We are fed well every day, we eat a balanced diet, and we are given enough clothes and shoes.

“We are not all the same age, there are small babies brought to the home and I enjoy helping them in the mornings and evenings because I love babies so much.

“In the mornings when we wake up we are well, we play in a clean field, the place where we sleep is clean, we have cupboards to put our clothes, there are toilets.”

In school, her favorite subject is Christian Religious Education where she learns about the Bible and the story of Jesus and his disciples.

“We learn how God created the earth and we learn so many things I can share with others,” she said.

She does acknowledge that some subjects are more challenging for her than others.

“I learn well, but sometimes I can’t understand some subjects,” she told us.

Only a fifth-grader, Kobby already has big dreams for her future.

“When I grow up I want to be a doctor because I want to help those who are sick,” Kobby said. “I want to treat them so that they can enjoy their life again. Even when my family, friends, relatives, and others become sick, I would like to treat them so that they can be healed.”

Kobby has years to make her dream a reality.

For now, she can enjoy being a child without worry or fear for the future thanks to Phyllis.

“I cannot remember when I lived, or my family, but I know my home is the Lewa Children’s Home,” Irene said. “Life here at Lewa is cool and I love being here.”

Sheba’s Story

Sheba’s Story

Phyllis Keino, our international spokesperson and founder and director of the Lewa Children’s Home in Kenya, is the mother to more than 235 orphans – including one little girl named Sheba who is almost 10 years old.

Sheba was born with physical deformities of her hands and legs and abandoned when she was 1-year-old. She was suffering from malnourishment, pneumonia and sickle cell anemia. After being brought to Lewa and nursed back to health, it was discovered that she is also deaf and mute.

Today, thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®, Phyllis told us that Sheba is “a joyous girl who always has a hug to spare”. She always has a smile on her face and a happy outlook on life. She integrated into the school community where she is treated no different from other students. Sheba attends classes at a specialized school for the hearing impaired, ensuring that she will have every opportunity for success as she overcomes her challenges in life.