Their names are Darrel, Ema, Makanaka, Nyarai and Margaret and they among the dozens of orphaned and abandoned African children who have found loving homes at children’s homes — Lewa Children’s Home in Kenya, Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre in Zambia, and the Lerato Children’s Village in Zimbabwe supported by Bread and Water for Africa®.

And thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® they have a warm bed to sleep at night with a full belly and no worries of where their next meal is coming from, health care and an education — an opportunity not just to survive, but to thrive.

With no one else in the world to care for these innocent children who only want a chance in life, there’s no telling what their fates would be, what kind of future they would have… or tragically, even if they would have a future at all.

At the Lerato Children’s Village, which was recently constructed by Bread and Water for Africa® with the help of our supporters, up to 10 children live in a home with a “house mother,” as required by law in Zimbabwe as opposed to a dormitory-style setting.

Although it is a positive for children to be cared for in a more home-like setting, the cost per child is higher and the rampant inflation in the country makes matters worse, but director Margaret Makambira is determined to carry on her mission despite the challenges.

During the past 20 years Margaret, Lewa executive director (and Bread and Water for Africa® international spokesperson) Phyllis Keino and Kabwata executive director Angela  Miyanda would never have been able to care for more than 3,000 of their countries’ most vulnerable children without the generous financial assistance of our supporters.

And because of our supporters, 7-year-old Darrel, who had been abandoned by his mother and living on the streets, 6-year-old Ema, who was born with HIV and abandoned, 14-year-old Makanaka, whose mother died when she was four, 2-year-old Nyarai, whose mother had just died, and 6-year-old Margaret, who was found abandoned, severely malnourished and unable to hear or talk, have all found homes — and new “mothers” and “families” who love them dearly.