Thank You: For many years you have lived by Proverbs 19:17 to give hope to thousands of orphaned children throughout Africa!

Thank You: For many years you have lived by Proverbs 19:17 to give hope to thousands of orphaned children throughout Africa!

Dear Supporter of Bread and Water for Africa®,

September 5 is the United Nations’ International Day of Charity which was declared by the UN General Assembly in 2012 to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa who devoted her life to helping the destitute.

For more than 45 years, she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first in India and then in other countries around the world, including hospices and homes for the poorest and homeless.

For more than 20 years, Bread and Water for Africa® has strived to live up to the ideals of Mother Teresa by providing loving homes for thousands of orphaned, abandoned and destitute African children in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

And on this year’s International Charity Day on Saturday, we dedicate this day to our supporters across the country who live by the words of Proverbs 19:17,Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed”.                                         

literally saving lives of countless children who no doubt would’ve lived short lives struggling on the streets of urban cities and rural villages with no one to care for and love them.

In Kenya, our international spokesperson, Phyllis Keino, provides a loving home for dozens of children at the Lewa Children’s Home where they receive three meals a day, a warm bed to sleep in each night, healthcare and hope for a brighter future through education, as does our longtime partner in Zimbabwe, Margaret Makambira, founder and director of Shinga Development Trust which operates the Lerato Children’s Village, constructed and supported thanks to our supporters.

In Zambia, another of our longtime partners, Angela Miranda, founder and director of the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre, has cared for 1,424 children both Zambian and non-Zambian refugees fleeing violence in other surrounding countries since our partnership begin in 1998 and through 2019.

In addition, again thanks to our supporters, Angela has been able to provide aid to 517 children living in foster care and food support to 216 more during that period.

And through Kabwata, 98 children and youth who lived there were able to enroll in higher education, and of those, 60 secured professional jobs, something practically unthinkable when they arrived there as impoverished infants, toddlers, youth children and youth with no home, no family and not knowing where they next meal would come from or where they would be sleeping that night.

Mrs. Miyanda is very proud of her work and the children she has raised, many of whom are now successful professionals including engineers, teachers, nurses, health inspectors, members of the Zambian Air Force and Navy, police officers, administrative professionals, social workers, marketing professionals, bankers and bakers.

Currently, the home houses 53 children, ranging in age from 2 months to 16 years. In addition, 13 children over 16 live in supervised homes and 33 children live with extended family members or in foster care arrangements throughout the community and receive regular support from Kabwata.

Kabwata children are a great example of how orphaned, abandoned and destitute children can become successful citizens when opportunities are available, and support is provided.

“Charity, like the notions of volunteerism and philanthropy, provides real social bonding and contributes to the creation of inclusive and more resilient societies,” notes the UN. “Charity can alleviate the worst effects of humanitarian crises, supplement public services in health care, education, housing and child protection. It assists the advancement of culture, science, sports, and protection of cultural and natural heritage.”

Thank you for all you do on behalf of the children of Africa,

Sincerely,

Bethlehem Tessema

Executive Director

Bread and Water for Africa 

A gift to Kenyan Children- Thank you! Asante Sana!

A gift to Kenyan Children- Thank you! Asante Sana!

For many years, Richard “Dick” Landis has been partnering with Bread and Water for Africa® to help improve the lives of Kenyan children.

First was his support of the Lewa Children’s Home, the Kipkeino Primary School and Baraka Farm, all integrated under the direction of Bread and Water for Africa® international spokesperson Phyllis Keino.

A successful retired businessman and track coach, Landis and his wife, Toini, have committed the biggest part of his retirement to working in Kenya, so far making the 18-hour trip some 40 times, notes a 2017 article in the Cornell College alumni magazine, his alma mater.

As noted in the article, he and Toini created a foundation to support their efforts which is building a high school and medical clinic with one of his former runners, a tribal elder.

That school is Kebeneti Secondary School in the town of Kericho where Bread and Water for Africa® and Mr. Landis have been partnering together for the past few years, first getting the start-up school established and then working on improvements and upgrades year after year.

Kebeneti opened in 2015 with 50 students, and has new grown to an enrollment of 480, where girls outnumber boys 244 to 236.

That former runner and tribal elder, Titus Korir, noted that the opening of the school four years ago was necessary because there was no secondary school in the area forcing children who had graduated from primary school who lived in the community to walk many miles to the nearest secondary school to continue their education.

Since the opening of the school, Bread and Water for Africa® has teamed up with Mr. Landis to construct six classrooms, as well as the construction of a chemistry lab and physics lab, which we then equipped with modern equipment.

Mr. Landis was quick to recognize the generous contributions of Unilever and the Finley Trust who supporting equipping the labs. “They were very helping with the labs,” he told us.

To accommodate the rapidly growing student body population, we are now in the process of constructing four more additional classrooms.

Most recently, we have just completed the construction of a dining hall and kitchen which was celebrated in grand style with a ceremony commending Bread and Water for Africa® and Mr. Landis on November 24 with ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Mr. and Mrs. Landis.

In a card written by a student, the student wrote:

To Landis family,

Wow! Thank you for the lovely gift! Thank you for your kindness; thank you for being the person you are.

You are a person who makes life easier and better for everyone in need.

You put others before yourself, making us feel special and important! It is a privilege and a please to know you Bread and Water for Africa!

We appreciate you Bread and Water for Africa ®. We thank you Mr. and Mrs. Landis.

A plaque on the exterior of the dining hall, known as “Landis Hall,” states: “The construction of this hall was funded with donations from Mr. Richard Landis of Montana, USA, and Bread and Water for Africa. It was officially opened by Richard Landis and his wife Toini on Sunday, 24th November 2019.”

As Mr. Korir stated in his request for assistance in constructing the dining hall, “The dining hall and kitchen are essential as students are currently eating lunch outside and their meals are being cooked in temporary shade.”

He also noted in addition to having a place for the nearly 500 students to sit

down together at lunchtime, the hall will also be used for school assemblies and as a concert hall.

Amid the Global Pandemic, a 40-foot container of medical supplies reaches Sierra Leone

Amid the Global Pandemic, a 40-foot container of medical supplies reaches Sierra Leone

Although providing our partners with what they need has become more challenging since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19), rest assured, Bread and Water for Africa® continues to do everything in our power to make sure basic needs are met in the African countries where we work.

Recently, we shipped a 40-foot container filled with prenatal vitamins, antibiotics, and analgesics in cooperation with our longtime partner, MAP International.

“These much needed medicines will be distributed to [hospitals and clinics serving] orphans, vulnerable children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and expectant mothers in seven health facilities in Freetown, Sierra Leone,” stated MAP International.

MAP International continued:

“Our partner Bread and Water for Africa, through the United Methodist Church will help us distribute these lifesaving [medicine as soon as the shipment arrives].

 

“For the two billion people who don’t have access to even basic medicines, ensuring our planned shipments of essential, life-changing medicines and health supplies is of utmost importance.

 

“Please continue to include all the most vulnerable people in your prayers as you keep your families and loved ones safe and secure. We will all weather this as best we can.”

 

We will all get through this together.

Bread and Water for Africa® thanks our supporters during this world-wide crisis

Bread and Water for Africa® thanks our supporters during this world-wide crisis

Over the past few weeks, all of us here at Bread and Water for Africa® have been amazed by the amount of support we have received from people like you. Your generosity not only inspires us, but gives hope to so many African families, especially children, in the midst of our current world-wide crisis.

By supporting us, you’re helping us to find solutions to the problems facing communities throughout Africa. These solutions include building water wells so that families have clean water to drink and are able wash their hands. It also means providing our partners with medicine and medical supplies.

Regarding medicine and medical supplies, last week, we shipped a 40-foot container filled with prenatal vitamins, antibiotics, and analgesics in cooperation with our longtime partner, MAP International.

“These much needed medicines will be distributed to [hospitals and clinics serving] orphans, vulnerable children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and expectant mothers in seven health facilities in Freetown, Sierra Leone,” stated MAP International.

 

“Our partner Bread and Water for Africa, through the United Methodist Church will help us distribute these lifesaving [medicine as soon as the shipment arrives].

 

“For the two billion people who don’t have access to even basic medicines, ensuring our planned shipments of essential, life-changing medicines and health supplies is of utmost importance.

 

“Please continue to include all the most vulnerable people in your prayers as you keep your families and loved ones safe and secure. We will all weather this as best we can.”

 

Although providing our partners with what they need has become more challenging, rest assured, we will continue to do everything in our power to make sure basic needs are met in the African countries where we work.

We will all get through this together.

Yes, Lerato has light now; THANK YOU!

Yes, Lerato has light now; THANK YOU!

At Shinga Development Trust’s Lerato Children’s Home, nearly two dozen orphaned and abandoned children were living in darkness this past year. The country has struggled with crippling, rolling blackouts, leaving the children and millions of Zimbabweans without electricity for roughly 20 hours a day.

For us and our longtime partner, Margaret Makambira, who had just in the past year completed construction of the children’s home – the situation was untenable.

“Zimbabwe is experiencing blackouts up to 20 hours daily cause lots of distractions to the orphans at the home,” reported Margaret in November. “Children cannot do their school assignments, and food is going bad.

“The need of solar instillation is crucial so life can be easier for the children,” she said.

She turned to us, and we turned to our supporters, who quickly and generously provided the $3,000 necessary to install solar panels. This will ensure that Margaret and the children in her care will have all the electricity they need – and at no cost for years to come!