Alisa’s tale is a story of tragedy and hope. The little 6-year-old had gone through a lot in her young life – being physically and emotionally abused and becoming infected with HIV. She understandably is emotionally disturbed and has difficulty concentrating.But all is not lost for Alisa thanks to our partner in Zimbabwe, Shinga Development Trust which operates the Lerato Children’s Village.
There, she has found a home filled with love from her “sisters and brothers” and more importantly Alisa has found a place forever in the heart of her new-found “mother,” Shinga director Margaret Makambira. As Margaret told us of Alisa and the other Lerato children, “Their stories are sad, and they don’t know what real love and genuine caring is.However, we are certain that Alisa, who started first grade this month, in addition to what she is learning in school, is also learning that lesson of love and caring more and more with each passing day.
As you read this, medical equipment and supplies valued at estimated $350,000 are crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia on their way to Cameroon where they will be put to good use – easing suffering, treating the sick, and, in many cases, literally saving lives.
This is all happening through Bread and Water for Africa®’s longstanding partnership with the University of Virginia’s MERCI program and the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital which donated the gently used medical equipment and brand-new, still-in-original-packaging medical supplies, and you.
Because of your generous support to Bread and Water for Africa®, we are able to cover 100 percent of the costs to ship the 40-foot container, filled to the brim with 16,000 pounds of equipment and supplies, to our partner in Cameroon – Hope Services.
In May, Hope Services founder and director Esther Ndichafah was in the United States and had the opportunity to visit our warehouse in Fredericksburg, Virginia and select the medical equipment and supplies most needed to operate the clinic which serves the most needy in Yaounde Cameroon.
Here is just a partial list of the equipment just shipped: four hospital baby cribs; three breathing machines; eight wheelchairs; two stretchers with mattresses; eight medical bedtables;
And all of that doesn’t include 341 more boxes full of medical supplies such as tongue depressors, gloves and procedure masks, isolation and surgical gowns, bedpans, bandages and tape…the list goes on and on.
And because the community has basic needs as well, we also shipped 400 backpacks full of school supplies and boxes of toys and bicycles
Bread and Water for Africa® and your role in all of this is covering the cost of shipping the supplies to Cameroon, and elsewhere in Africa – more than $6,000.
We believe that’s quite a bargain when you consider the huge return on investment!
In the past year alone, Bread and Water for Africa® has shipped well over $10 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to our partners in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone – and that doesn’t take into account the tens of thousands of dollars in personal protection kits sent to the valiant healthcare workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone.
On average, Bread and Water for Africa® ships out 10 similar containers each year. With the latest one on the way to Cameroon today, we are already planning for our next shipment to go out within the next few months.
That is why, today, we are asking for your help.
Will you become one of our “1 Percenters”? For $60 your gift will cover 1 percent of the cost of shipping out our next container of medical equipment and supplies.
We only need 100 “1 Percenters” (or 200 “1/2 Percenters” at $30) to reach our goal. Please join with us all – Bread and Water for Africa®, MERCI, Carilion, and Hope Services – and be a member of our lifesaving team.
The conditions facing the residents of Sierra Leone are dire — ravished in the past year by the Ebola outbreak, and this year facing mass starvation as agricultural operations all but ceased for many months and food is in short supply.
In recent months, Bread and Water for Africa® has been providing our partner there, Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO) , with emergency food so hungry children, women and men will at least have something to eat today.
But what about tomorrow?
For FHDO Executive Director Frances Mambu, who stands today on a fallow 100-acre field of nothing but hard, dry dirt, his “field of dreams” is not a baseball diamond, but something much more important – a life-saving field of rice.
That is why Bread and Water for Africa® is asking for your help today – to help us purchase a very specialized piece of equipment unfamiliar to most Americans, a combine rice harvester, which would make the land much more productive.
A combine harvester, or simply combine, is a machine that harvests grain crops. The machine “combines” three separate harvesting operations – reaping, threshing and winnowing into a single process. However, unlike the huge combines you would see on large farms in the United States, a combine designed specifically for rice is much smaller and greatly increases productivity of the rice fields.
The cost of a rice combine is not cheap – $45,000 – but it’s not out of reach either. Thanks to a generous donor who is matching grant money dollar for dollar towards our goal of raising the funds necessary for this ultimately life-saving piece of farm equipment, the value of your gift of $100, $50 or $25 will go twice as far.
Rev. Mambu will be able to significantly increase rice production on the land – currently at 1,200 pounds per acre – through the purchase of the piece of farm equipment.
In addition, with the development of an irrigation system already in the works, the rice plantation would be able to produce crops three times per year, including during the dry season, thereby more than doubling the land’s annual yield.
For right now, however, time is of the essence as the rainy season in Sierra Leone is only a few short weeks away.
Bread and Water for Africa® has been able to provide thousands of pounds of rice for emergency food assistance in the country, but a rice harvester combine would help to feed thousands not for a day, a week, or even a month, but for years to come.
Don’t let this be a missed opportunity for those who have already suffered so much.
This is your chance to “double your dollar” as we hope to be able to help Rev. Mambu double, triple or even higher the production on FHDO’s rice farm.
The time is now! Please contribute today!
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“I have had a standing order with Bread and Water for Africa® for a couple of years now and follow their work closely. The more I learn about the excellent work they are doing the more I am convinced my money is being extremely well spent and I am proud to let people know that I have some involvement in such an exceptional charity.” Richard P, donor – Oct. 5, 2012
“I have watched this charity from a distance for quite some time. It does enormously important, wonderful work in areas of Africa that need all the help they can get. Those involved are talented and committed.” Steve M., general member of the public – Sept. 28, 2012
“The unique quality of this nongovernmental organization is that it has identified successful, local, community-based African charities in Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, to name a few, and then partners with them to work together in the areas of health care, education, organic farming, orphan care, and most importantly, water harvesting. Also, it is led by an amazing and tireless woman in Kenya, a nurse, mother to hundreds of orphans no longer, and a true visionary.” Works with Children, advisor – April 16, 2012
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