Medical Supplies Arrive in Sierra Leone to Provide Aid to Country’s Most Vulnerable

Medical Supplies Arrive in Sierra Leone to Provide Aid to Country’s Most Vulnerable

In Sierra Leone, our partner, Faith Healing Development Organization, recently received our shipment of medicines, medical supplies and equipment to be distributed at its clinics in Rokel, Kenema and Bunumbu village in the Kailahun District.  We know they will be put to good use.

“The goal of the clinics is to provide affordable health services to the people in the communities where the clinics operate as most people cannot afford the basics of life,” says FHDO founder and executive director Rev. Frances Mambu.

“The medical equipment and supplies improved the operations of the various clinics. Medical equipment is very expensive, and hence the donation was a big relief for us.”

Access to healthcare in developing countries is a challenge, noted Rev. Mambu, adding “with Sierra Leone being no exception.”

FHDO clinics focus their limited resources on the most vulnerable; pregnant women, new mothers and children under five years old. While the need is great and will always be there “we have made considerable effort with support from Bread and Water for Africa®,” says Rev. Mambu.

World Water Day : Leaving no one behind

World Water Day : Leaving no one behind

A year ago on the United Nations’ World Water Day, we at Bread and Water for Africa® were making plans on bringing safe, clean water to the residents of the small village of Nafami in Sierra Leone where 300 students attending the primary school and 1,000 more residents in the surrounding community had none.

Today March22, thanks to our supporters, these students and the residents of the village have access to all the water they need from a well dug on the school grounds providing them with a reliable source of uncontaminated water so that they are no longer risking illness, or even death, every time they take a sip.

This year’s World Water Day theme is “Leaving no one behind” and at Bread and Water for Africa® that’s exactly what we are doing for the residents of the small impoverished rural communities in Sierra Leone such as Nafami, in Ethiopia and elsewhere.

This year, our goal is to do the same for thousands in Kenema. Although it is not a small rural village, it is the second-largest city in Sierra Leone with a population of more than 200,000 people the residents there have the same critical need.

It is hard for Americans to comprehend the fact that in an urban area of that size there is a large percentage of people who do not have running water – but the sad fact is that it is true, we have seen it firsthand on our visits there in the past few years.

Today, on World Water Day, we are asking for you help to “leave no one behind” when it comes to having access to safe drinking water.

Everyone, whether they live in the most rural regions of the impoverished country, or in the slums of its second-largest city, clean water should not be a “luxury” that many cannot afford, but a readily-available basic necessity of life.

Next year on World Water Day, as we are doing today, with your help we will be once again be able to be pleased to report that thousands more Sierra Leoneans now have the water they need not just to stay healthy, but even simply survive.

The Faith Healing Agricultural Project in Sierra Leone

The Faith Healing Agricultural Project in Sierra Leone

The Faith Healing Agricultural Project (FHAP) is an offshoot of the longtime partner of Bread and Water for Africa®, Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO) in Sierra Leone and operates with mission of helping small farmers achieve food security.

FHAP does this in several ways including providing these farmers, the vast majority of whom are women, with materials to help them getting off to a good growing season with quality seeds and planting materials.

In addition, FHAP provides the farmers with hands-on training at its demonstration farm, an established support network and even helps them to prepare their land for planting.

FHAP is making a huge difference in the lives of these women farmers, notes FHDO executive director Rev. Francis Mambu.

During the last planting season, over 78 bushels of rice was planted, he reported. The yield was 806 bushels – a return of more than 10 times!

“From the yield during the last planting season, we were able to support about 330 women farmers in different villages,” said Rev. Mambu, adding, “It is also worth noting that the project distributed rice to vulnerable women in the communities to feed themselves and their families.”

Rev. Mambu and FHAP have also been recognized from the highest levels of the government of Sierra Leone for their efforts.

“The Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Professor Monty Jones thanked FHAP and its partners for the laudable strides they are making in the country, noting that the FHAP rice project is the largest in the entire country,” said Rev. Mambu.

Rev. Mambu noted in the 2018 FHAP Annual Report that about 75 percent of all Sierra Leoneans are engaged in agriculture in one way or another, accounting for approximately 40 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

“Agriculture is the daily life occupation of most of the people in Sierra Leone, especially for those residing in the rural areas,” he said.

Thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®, 315 women were provided with micro finance loans to start their own farming businesses for seed loans and also received technical assistance for their farms.

The women farmers reside in the Yankansa village area in the Bombali District in the northern region of the country which suffered greatly during the decade-long civil war in the 1990s when farms and farming equipment was destroyed.

The land is fertile for farming, and the weather is favorable for crops to thrive, but Rev. Mambu and the women he helps continue to face great challenges.

“The people living in Yankansa and other surrounding villages are poor – they don’t have the money to invest in agricultural activities,” he told us. “Even though almost all of these people are engaged in farming, their output is small because of the lack of funds for expansion.”

For the future, Rev. Mambu and FHAP will continue to empower women in villages throughout the Yankansa community.

“These women groups are doing well and their farms are expanding,” he told us. “Hopefully in the next planting season more women groups will be able to register for support.

“Our deep appreciation goes out to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® for their support of FHAP for touching the lives of Sierra Leoneans striving to make better lives for themselves and their families.”

‘Wata for Salone!’ Bread and Water for Africa® 5K to Raise Funds for Well in Sierra Leone

‘Wata for Salone!’ Bread and Water for Africa® 5K to Raise Funds for Well in Sierra Leone

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/.