Working tirelessly to secure enough food for the children’s Home in Zambia

Working tirelessly to secure enough food for the children’s Home in Zambia

At Bread and Water for Africa®, we have been promoting foodselfsustainability in Africa for over two decades. The COVID-19 era has increased the need more than ever.

The COVID-19 outbreak in Zambia is having a devastating impact on the economy of the country, and on our longtime partner there, the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre.

Due to rampant inflation, the prices of staple foods increasesignificantly pretty much with each passing day, reports Kabwata founder and director Angela Miyanda.

“Prices of essential foods have gone up greatly,” says Angela who is struggling to keep those 32 girls and 18 boys currently living at Kabwata under her care fed, and additional 23 children living with extended family and foster care arrangements

“From the time of the infection in Zambia, the economy has not done well, leading to major problems for many families and charitable organizations. Some charities have since closed down for not have the vision of sustaining the program beyond donor funding.”

But Angela does have that vision.

Over the years, thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®, we have been able to support projects leading to self-sufficiency, such as a fish farming project which provides fish for the children as well as generates income for the orphanage, as well as a banana plantation.

Now, Angela has another vision in mind, made particularly necessary at this time due to the coronavirus pandemic, to construct an 80mx40m greenhouse to grow crops including tomatoes, cabbages, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, onions, cucumbers and what she calls “local vegetables.”

In addition to the greenhouse, she is hoping to construct a chicken coop that will provide eggs for the children and for sale at the local market.

“The intention of having the greenhouse is to grow crops for long-term sustainability, and that will be beneficial to the children,” she explained. “This will help us to reserve funding for other needs such as education and healthcare.”

Angela has already drawn up plans for the proposed greenhouse including a budget of just under $10,000 for the aluminum structure, polythene for covering, sprinklers and accessories, and construction costs.

All she needs now is the funding to build it.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought sudden changes in the lifestyle of Zambia,” says Angela. “With the prices of essential commodities having gone up so much it has become hard for the orphanage to be buying these commodities for the children.

“It has always been the intention of the project to stand alone to avoid being dependent on donor support. We still believe to achieve this one day.

“Thank you, supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®

As coronavirus reaches Zambia, Kabwata needs our help

As coronavirus reaches Zambia, Kabwata needs our help

Angela Miyanda, founder and executive director of our longtime partner in Zambia, the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre, just reported to us some troubling news about the situation in her country:

“The numbers of the COVID-19 have been rising very fast, reaching 600. We believed it was going to end with very small numbers,” she told us earlier this month.

Angela also reported that about 800 children will be attending schools in her community and commented that “The number is big to be in one place for hours. We are not even sure how equipped the schools will be.

“This may affect the orphanage,” she added. “We are trying to find a way for disinfecting our six children each time they come back from school. We are praying for the best solution to this.”

Angela is doing all she can to keep the children under her care safe and healthy as the coronavirus spreads throughout the country.

“All the kids are have been confined to the home,” she said. “No one goes out because most people out there do not use masks. Generally, the children are in good health. Our biggest protection is for those who have other illnesses including AIDS and asthmatic conditions.”

To make a bad situation even worse, Angela told us that “The home has been having challenges with food due to the rapid rise in prices. Most essential items are increasing in price each day with no notice.”

In addition, the caregivers at the orphanage have been kept away from the home to avoid infections.

“Most of them come to work by public transport which are mainly squeezed into a small vehicle,” she noted.

Angela told us she has been working to initiate income-generating activities to help sustain the home’s operations, as well as started growing vegetables to help sustain the home and to sell at the local market.

She also reported that the tilapia fish farming operation she started several years ago with support from Bread and Water for Africa has been going well providing fish for the orphans with the surplus also being sold at local markets.

“From what we have seen, the next coming months will not be easy.”

We are grateful to our generous supporters who over the past 20 years have enabled us to provide financial assistance to Kabwata, and we are doing all we can to provide critical additional support in their time of great need.