Bread and Water for Africa

Bread and Water for Africa www.africanrelief.org Providing a brighter future for Africa's children.
www.africanrelief.org Providing a brighter future for Africa's children. Bread and Water for Africa® works with local African grassroots organizations to provide basic necessities such as food, water, shelter, medical care, education and vocational training. In 2009, with your help, we were able to continue this mission — to lift up the despairing, wipe away the tears of the children, feed the malnourished and change sorrow to hope. African families are very grateful for your generosity!
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Today, July 18, we commend the United Nations for recognizing the life and legacy of South African freedom fighter Nelso...
07/18/2020
Nelson Mandela Day: We Celebrate His Legacy Everyday! - Bread and Water for Africa

Today, July 18, we commend the United Nations for recognizing the life and legacy of South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela.

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life,” Mandela once so poignantly stated at the Live 8 concert in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 2, 2005, after serving as the first President of South Africa.

For more than 20 years, we have striven to work together with our partners in Sub-Saharan Africa including Kenya, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Zambia, Zimbabwe and elsewhere to do just that. https://bit.ly/2OFbE30

Photo caption Mr. Mandela with a child on his lap, talking to her. Taken during meetings about HIV/AIDS in November 2004. © NMF Photo/Oryx Media, Benny Gool. Today, July 18, we commend the United Nations for recognizing the life and legacy of South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. “Overcom...

Cars have become mobile markets in Zimbabwe where enterprising residents are selling goods from their vehicles to cope w...
07/18/2020
Many Zimbabweans sell goods from their cars in hard times

Cars have become mobile markets in Zimbabwe where enterprising residents are selling goods from their vehicles to cope with economic hardships caused by the coronavirus. https://bit.ly/2Oy3d9U

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Cars have become mobile markets in Zimbabwe where enterprising residents are selling goods from their vehicles to cope with economic hardships caused by the …

Have you heard? Balloons carrying routers to allow 4G internet links to villages in Kenya have brought a new hope of con...
07/16/2020
4G balloons bring hope of connectivity in remote Kenya

Have you heard? Balloons carrying routers to allow 4G internet links to villages in Kenya have brought a new hope of connectivity in the region. The internet balloons will improve businesses as well as education, and make villagers digital as the people in the capital Nairobi.

Balloons floating with routers and substitutes to mobile towers are set to make villages digital - Anadolu Agency

Nurse Elizabeth Koroma was not only a nurse who provided care to patients at the Rokel Clinic in Sierra Leone operated b...
07/11/2020
Heroes are Everywhere; Nurse Elizabeth Koroma Fought a Good Fight - Bread and Water for Africa

Nurse Elizabeth Koroma was not only a nurse who provided care to patients at the Rokel Clinic in Sierra Leone operated by our longtime partner there, Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO), for many years but the head of the maternal and child aid nurses at the clinic.

“She was a very hardworking woman at the clinic and up to the time of her death was working directly under the clinic supervisor preparing monthly reports of the clinic activities,” Director Rev. Mambu told us. https://bit.ly/2C5EF4Z

Photo Caption Nurse Koroma is pictured second from left in the pink and white dress. Elizabeth Koroma is among those selfless and dedicated healthcare workers around the world fighting the coronavirus who surely deserve the title of “hero.” Elizabeth was not only a nurse providing care to patien...

Some 100,000 of the city of Harbu in rural Ethiopia rely on the Harbu Clinic each year for all their healthcare needs, w...
07/11/2020
Water a Sustainer of Life! Harbu Clinic Water Well Project - Bread and Water for Africa

Some 100,000 of the city of Harbu in rural Ethiopia rely on the Harbu Clinic each year for all their healthcare needs, which includes treatment for many easily preventable waterborne diseases.

The clinic itself lacks access to safe, clean water and we are undertaking a campaign to raise the $11,000 necessary to construct a well to serve the clinic and members of the community in its immediate vicinity.

The city of Harbu in rural Ethiopia is home to nearly 190,000 residents who survive by growing what they can — such as rice beans, peas and lentils — on their half hectare (about 1.2 acres) tract of land. Many also raise livestock including cattle, sheep, goats, camels, donkeys, horses and mules...

A small cut on Kady's foot became infected, and then septic. With no money for medical treatment, Kady did not know wher...
07/10/2020
A Remote Clinic in Bunumbu, Sierra Leone, Saves Lives Every Day! - Bread and Water for Africa

A small cut on Kady's foot became infected, and then septic. With no money for medical treatment, Kady did not know where to turn for help.

Her situation changed when she visited a clinic operated by our longtime partner, Faith Healing Development Organization, where she received free medical treatment. https://bit.ly/2ZGC4GR

Kady is a 75-year-old widow living in the small village of Tenithun in rural Sierra Leone who since the passing of her husband six years ago has been surviving as a substance farmer, depending on the food she grows for herself and her son on her small tract of land. It was a spartan life, […]

Nearly 10 years ago, the World Health Organization estimated that there were 15 million people in Ethiopia with disabili...
07/09/2020
Wheelchairs and More to Ethiopia to Benefit Thousands With Disabilities - Bread and Water for Africa

Nearly 10 years ago, the World Health Organization estimated that there were 15 million people in Ethiopia with disabilities, representing close to 20% of the population.

We are partnering with a non-profit organization, Joni and Friends, to ship 240 wheelchairs, along with pairs of crutches, canes, walkers, and more, to our longtime partner, Woldia University in the Amhara region of the country. https://bit.ly/2VV0TxM

Nearly 10 years ago, the World Health Organization estimated that there were 15 million people in Ethiopia with disabilities, representing close to 20 percent of the population. And according to the country’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, 95 percent of those lived in poverty — the vast ...

For the past several years, thanks to our supporters, we have provided assistance to Faith Healing Development Organizat...
07/08/2020
Agriculture Program in Sierra Leone Provides Staples to Prevent Starvation - Bread and Water for Africa

For the past several years, thanks to our supporters, we have provided assistance to Faith Healing Development Organization to enable it to help rural farmers, who are primarily women.

In these times, we pray that the outbreak in Sierra Leone, and all the other African countries where the coronavirus is making inroads, does not spread more widely. https://bit.ly/3iDBxxS

As of May 26, there have been 754 confirmed coronavirus cases and 44 deaths due to COVID-19 in Sierra Leone, but the impact of the global pandemic in the country has been far worse than the numbers suggest. Businesses have been forced to close, and as during the tragic Ebola outbreak in 2014, untold...

We support agricultural programs in Sierra Leone through our partnership with Faith Healing Development Organization. Lo...
07/07/2020
Small-scale Farmers in Sierra Leone Left High and Dry by COVID-19 - Slow Food International

We support agricultural programs in Sierra Leone through our partnership with Faith Healing Development Organization.

Lock-down measures may help Sierra Leone win against the virus, but if the patterns of small-scale planting, harvesting and distribution continue to be disrupted, the whole country could find itself slipping into deep food insecurity. https://bit.ly/3gitLro

Sierra Leone has been no stranger to deadly epidemics in recent times: the Ebola outbreak from 2013 to 2016 caused massive loss of life and socioeconomic

Zimbabwe’s largest nurses union last Monday called on members to boycott work citing low pay which it said could no long...
07/06/2020
Zimbabwe nurses union calls strike as virus cases climb

Zimbabwe’s largest nurses union last Monday called on members to boycott work citing low pay which it said could no longer meet basic needs at a time of galloping inflation.

1/3 of the average nurse’s salary could only buy a two-litre bottle of cooking oil, a two-kilogram packet of sugar, two litres of fruit juice, a two-kilogram packet of rice and two loaves of bread. https://yhoo.it/3glvPyV

Zimbabwe’s largest nurses union on Monday called on members to boycott work citing low pay which it said could no longer meet basic needs at a time of galloping inflation. The strike comes as the country is experiencing an upsurge in coronavirus cases with 567 infections, including six deaths, rec...

Since COVID-19 began spreading across Africa, we have learned of several inventors who have been working to keep their c...
07/05/2020
Ugandan Creates COVID Shield for Motorcycles

Since COVID-19 began spreading across Africa, we have learned of several inventors who have been working to keep their communities safe from the spread. A Ugandan innovator has come up with a plastic shield for motorcycles to protect both driver and passenger. https://bit.ly/2NRHfOM

As part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, a Ugandan innovator has come up with a plastic shield for motorcycles to protect both driver and passenger.  The shield is seen as not just reducing body contact, which could spread the virus, but also adding security for motorcycle taxi driver...

07/04/2020
Stories like this remind us how important our mission is to provide clean water to communities throughout Africa. Zimbab...
07/03/2020
7 die after drinking polluted water in Zimbabwe

Stories like this remind us how important our mission is to provide clean water to communities throughout Africa. Zimbabwe has experienced a gradual decline in access to clean and safe water over the years. On Tuesday, at least six children and an elderly woman died after drinking contaminated water in Bulawayo City. https://bit.ly/31EzQu4

6 children, elderly woman became victims in Luveve neighborhood of Bulawayo - Anadolu Agency

07/01/2020
COVID-19 Pandemic Could Widen Existing Inequalities for Kenya's Women in Business | Inter Press Service

In Kenya, we support programs that assist small farmers, who are frequently women, by teaching them best practices, providing them with seeds and seedlings, and in some cases purchasing their crops which gives them a steady source of income.

According to World Bank statistics, women run three-quarters of Kenya’s farms, yet the government says that women’s investments in farming do not match the amount of money they receive in loans. Experts are concerned that these loans might come to naught as COVID-19 continues to disrupt the entire farming chain.

COVID-19 may be the latest addition in a long list of challenges for Kenyan women in business and could widen existing economic inequalities.

Facebook has announced the launch of “My Digital World” a program designed to equip the youth and general public across ...
06/30/2020
Facebook launches “My Digital World” to meet Digital Literacy Needs across Sub-Saharan Africa - CNBC Africa

Facebook has announced the launch of “My Digital World” a program designed to equip the youth and general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world. https://bit.ly/2N51cBm

Download logoToday, Facebook (www.facebook.com) announced the launch of “My Digital World” a programme designed to equip the youth and general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world. My Digital World is a consolidation of all Facebook digital li...

Teff, an ancient grain originally from Ethiopia, is a staple crop for 50 million people in the country and is gaining po...
06/29/2020
Scientists unlock secrets of Ethiopia's superfood in race to save it from warming climate

Teff, an ancient grain originally from Ethiopia, is a staple crop for 50 million people in the country and is gaining popularity worldwide.

Yet dramatic temperature increases projected in Ethiopia by 2070 could drive down production at a time when food is already scarce and the population is rising. https://bit.ly/3exfwys

Teff, an ancient grain originally from Ethiopia, is a staple crop for 50 million people in the country. It is also increasingly popular worldwide, touted as a superfood for its gluten-free, high fiber and protein, and low-sugar properties.

Quick actions and cooperation among African countries helped slow down the spread of Covid-19 and avert a full-blown cat...
06/28/2020
Why Africa's anti-epidemic efforts yield better results than expected

Quick actions and cooperation among African countries helped slow down the spread of Covid-19 and avert a full-blown catastrophe in Africa. 43 African countries stay under full border closure amid the epidemic, and night-time curfew has been activated across 35 countries. https://bit.ly/2NqiNnc

Quick actions and cooperation among African countries helped slow down the spread of Covid-19 and avert a full-blown catastrophe in Africa, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said last week.

Water deficits pound Zimbabwe's towns and cities at a time when the country battles to surmount a drought that has hit a...
06/27/2020
Water for sale amid shortage of precious liquid in Zimbabwe

Water deficits pound Zimbabwe's towns and cities at a time when the country battles to surmount a drought that has hit about 5.5 million people countrywide.

In fact, Zimbabwe's water shortages have become so acute that the few people who can afford it have mounted huge water storage tanks in their homes to store water sourced from indigenous dealers. https://bit.ly/2Z5SM1W

Amid inadequate infrastructure and treatment chemicals, Zimbabweans forced to find alternatives to tap water - Anadolu Agency

Some 42% of girls in Malawi are married while still children, and 29% of girls aged 15-19 have already begun childbearin...
06/26/2020
Teachers and mothers join forces to keep girls in school in Malawi - Malawi

Some 42% of girls in Malawi are married while still children, and 29% of girls aged 15-19 have already begun childbearing, according to recent statistics. Both marriage and pregnancy contribute to high drop-out rates in the country.

"I knew for this to change, it had to start with the community itself accepting that a girl child's education was as important as that of boys," Isaac Zatha, the headmaster of Chapita Primary School in the Malawian district of Salima recently said. https://bit.ly/2CzNZhP

English News and Press Release on Malawi about Education, Health, Children, Women, Epidemic and more; published on 22 Jun 2020 by UNFPA

Providing healthcare to African communities, particularly mothers and children, is one of our primary goals. Yet, in sub...
06/25/2020
Part I: Health care information access for women during COVID-19 in East Africa · Global Voices

Providing healthcare to African communities, particularly mothers and children, is one of our primary goals. Yet, in sub-Saharan Africa, only 28 percent of women have access to the internet. This means that sharing information online or requiring consumers to access the internet to gain access to health care services often excludes women. https://bit.ly/3fyzVn4

In Kenya, pregnant women struggle to get uninterrupted access to sexual and reproductive health-related information and education during the pandemic — on and offline.

Authorities in Addis started rounding up street children in March to prevent them from contracting and spreading the vir...
06/24/2020
Ethiopia Moves Children from Streets to Shelters to Slow Coronavirus

Authorities in Addis started rounding up street children in March to prevent them from contracting and spreading the virus — so far more than 4,100 have been placed in shelters — and the drive is being ramped up as coronavirus cases rise nationwide.

Ethiopia has recorded at least 2,670 cases and 40 deaths, and its caseload has more than doubled since the start of June. https://bit.ly/30J6CtI

Thousands of street children in Addis Ababa are being moved to shelters as COVID-19 cases soar in the east African nation.

Although the number of child laborers continues to drop, there are still 152 million of them victimized at all corners o...
06/23/2020
One-fifth of African children are laborers

Although the number of child laborers continues to drop, there are still 152 million of them victimized at all corners of the world and this trend is most common in Africa where every one of five children is viewed as part of the labor force.

International Labour Organization (ILO) defines child labor as a violation of fundamental human rights that hinders the mental and physical development of children. https://bit.ly/37twRWf

Every 1 of 10 children worldwide victimized by child labor - Anadolu Agency

“After doing my chores in the mornings, I used to go to the support centre for my studies. But now, I can’t any more bec...
06/22/2020
Cameroon: Caught between conflict and coronavirus in Cameroon

“After doing my chores in the mornings, I used to go to the support centre for my studies. But now, I can’t any more because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now I stay at home every day and doing nothing reminds me of all the stress that my family and I are going through,” says 17-year-old Sonia. https://bit.ly/30P1nZm

“After doing my chores in the mornings, I used to go to the support centre for my studies. But now, I can’t any more because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now I stay at home every day and doing nothing reminds me of all the stress that my family and I are going through,” says 17-year-old Sonia.

Sierra Leone invents its own ventilator
06/22/2020
Sierra Leone invents its own ventilator

Sierra Leone invents its own ventilator

By Mabinty M. Kamara Students from the Engineering Department at Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone (USL), have built a homemade mechanical ventilator. The lifesaving machine, which has been named ‘Leone Vent’, was unveiled on Monday at the college’s campus on Mount Aureole. ...

06/21/2020
For the past two years, we have provided more than 22,000 books to 177 schools in Uganda thanks to our supporters and pa...
06/20/2020
Keeping the Doors of Learning Open in Uganda Amid Covid-19 - East African Business Week

For the past two years, we have provided more than 22,000 books to 177 schools in Uganda thanks to our supporters and partners. This has benefited 54,878 students and 2,297 teachers.

Yet, the closure of schools has kept over 2 million young children out of early learning development centers and over 10 million children out of primary schools.

Now more than ever is the time to support remote learning initiatives that keep the doors of learning open to reduce learning loss when schools are re-opened. https://bit.ly/2XU1VeU

The Government of Uganda closed schools in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Ministry of Education, more than 73,000 learning institutions are closed leaving 15 million learners and 600,00 refugee learners out of school. The Covid-19 pandemic threatens to rever...

For us, education and healthcare are two of our biggest priorities in Africa. For so many, education is the only way out...
06/19/2020
A double match: Black mother and daughter graduate together from medical school, placed at the same hospital

For us, education and healthcare are two of our biggest priorities in Africa. For so many, education is the only way out of a lifetime of poverty.

We congratulate this mother and her daughter who both graduated together from medical school and were placed at the same hospital!

Cynthia Kudji and her daughter Jasmine will be working at the same hospital after graduating from medical school at the same time.

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Bread and Water for Africa® began in 1986 as a project of Christian Relief Services to promote positive change in Africa by supporting grassroots initiatives for self-sufficiency, health and education. (this has been our mission ever since.

On December 30, 1997, Bread and Water for Africa®, a Virginia nonstock incorporated charity headquartered in Fairfax County, received IRS approval as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and was soon certified by the Agency for International Development (USAID) as a registered Private Voluntary Organization (PVO).

Today, we maintain our independent charitable status and affiliation with Christian Relief Services Charities.

We receive funding from wonderfully supportive and caring individuals, family and community foundations, corporations, Christian Relief Services, generous Federal employees through the Combined Federal Campaign, generous state employees through state employee campaigns, wills and bequests, and employer matching contributions.

During our over 20-year history, we have provided more than $5,000,000 in grant funding to grassroots African organizations in Burundi, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Grant funding has been concentrated on projects in the areas of education, health care, clean water, agricultural self-sufficiency, orphan care and income-generating projects to support our partners’ free or low-cost programs.

We have also provided more than $120,000,000 worth of in-kind donations of medicine, medical supplies and equipment, hygiene items, books, tools, school furniture, computers and other assorted relief items to our various partners and their programs.

Today, you can change the future for African children by making a donation right here on Facebook. It doesn’t take much to make a difference, but the impact is extraordinary.

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