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Causes: Economic Development, International, International Agricultural Development, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance

Mission: Bread and Water for Africa provides funding to African grassroots initatives community-based organizations and leaders addressing critical needs such as the impacts of HIV/AIDS, orphan care, vocational and education training, water and sanitation, and access to healthcare services and information.Countries served include, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Programs: Health - general and rehabilitative- sierra leone is home to three non-governmental organizations (ngos) with healthcare projects, clinics, and hospitals supported by bread and water for africa (bwa): the united methodist church (umc), the faith healing development organization (fhdo), and christian health association of sierra leone (chasl). Combined, these three ngos provide care to more than 75,000 people every year, with a focus on general healthcare for pregnant, lactating women and children under five. (sierra leone has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world). (see schedule o for continuation)in addition to $17,250 in cash grants to health care-focused projects, bwa provided in-kind donations to fhdo, umc and chasl: medicines, medical supplies, medical equipment, personal protection kits for ebola, ambulance, hygiene items and relief items valued at $6,904,659. This is aligned with our long-term mission to improve health conditions in under-served parts of africa and to ensure that the clinics we helped construct are able to continue to operate effectively and efficiently. Fhdo operates five clinics in various towns and villages throughout the country. This year, all five clinics benefitted from donated medicine and medical supplies. In addition to basic healthcare services, fhdo runs a feeding program for pregnant women and lactating mothers to increase their vitality and nutrition level. This year for the ebola crises in sierra leone, bread and water for africa has been, and remains, on the forefront in providing assistance to rev. Mambu as he continues his heroic effort to treat the sick by providing hundreds of tyvek suits and personal protection kits, hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of medicines and medical supplies, and $140,000 in cash grants to purchase emergency food supplies to make sure that more than 1,200 households across sierra leone receive all the basic food and supplies they need. In addition, in fy 2015, bread and water for africa funded the construction of waterloo primary school water well near to a local clinic; the water well will serve more than five thousand people living in the waterloo community including the nearby clinic. Chasl and umc have more than 120 members' hospitals and clinics across sierra leone with the mission of providing quality medical care to all patients and ministering to their physical and spiritual needs. In addition to providing inpatient care, surgery, obstetric delivery and newborn care, the hospital provides laboratory, ultrasound and x-ray services. Full-service outpatient clinics are operated six days per week along with a full malnutrition program in the area. In zambia, the kabwata orphanage and transit centre focused their efforts on building upon the past successes of its mobile clinic by preparing to open the permanent clinic in the kaweza district that had previously been funded by bwa. Much progress has been made in the past years, and the new clinic has been fully operational since march 2014. Additionally, because the government is providing doctors and other medical staff - as part of its new effort to improve its countrywide healthcare program - the clinic has been self-sufficient in its operations from the start. The new clinic has been a huge benefit to residents, some of whom would otherwise have to walk up to 24 miles to get basic and emergency medical care. Hope services (hps) and hope outreach foundation (hof) based in yaounde and buea, cameroon are the most recent healthcare partners for bread and water for africa. The objective of these organizations is to provide holistic care primarily in areas of medicine, psychology, social needs, and education. The health centers in yaounde and buea meet the needs of more than 45,000 people each year at little or at no cost to the patients. Additionally, hope services provides medical outreach to villages in the northwest region twice a year. The hps and hof programs are also currently addressing the health needs of yaounde urban refugees. This year, bread and water for africa provided a total in-kind support valued at $781,689 in medical equipment, medical supplies, hygiene items, and other relief items to continue support their healthcare mission in cameroon. In 2012, bread and water for africa established a partnership with haramaya university, which is located in the eastern region of the federal republic of ethiopia. This learning institution is comprised of ten or more colleges of different disciplines, including a college of medicine and college of health education. The haramaya university also has a campus clinic, community clinics and hospitals that provide educational and health services to a population of more than 50,000 residents. Through this partnership, bread and water for africa donated medicine, medical equipment, health care supplies, and hygiene items with a total value of $4,555,911 to haramaya university's healthcare efforts.

educational institutions and related programs:a key tenet of bread and water for africa's mission is that education is the future of africa. Educating africa's younger generation has been a priority for bread and water for africa since our founding. In our fiscal year 2015, we provided $252,000 in in-kind value of primary and secondary schools books to wolo university in ethiopia. (see schedule o for continuation)in addition, bwa granted in total $138,816 in cash grants to construct a primary school in cameroon and to support educational programs in kenya, sierra leone, zambia and zimbabwe while bolstering partnerships that have been helping children in these countries for over a decade. Fhdo's seven schools in sierra leone have been educating children in need for many years. In 2016, the first ever class that began their primary education at fhdo-run schools will graduate from secondary school, marking a great success for these educational programs and demonstrating the longevity of impact that an investment in local partners can yield. Bwa is looking forward to this landmark graduation and is honored to have been a part of this journey. The kipkeino primary school, founded by bwa's volunteer spokesperson phyllis keino, remains one of the top-rated primary schools in kenya, educating many orphans from the lewa children's home (lch) as well as other children from the towns and villages surrounding eldoret. The school currently has 420 students. As is the case with its partner organizations (lch and baraka farm) its reputation has made it a model of education in the region and for our other partners. It is a continuing source of pride for bwa to continue its enthusiastic support of the kipkeino primary school in 2015 by funding the school administrator's salary and upgrading computers. Bwa granted $76,766 to hope outreach foundation in cameroon for the construction of a primary school in buea, cameroon. The project is still under construction and is expected to be completed by december, 2015. The school will provide quality education for orphans and destitute children in addition to other students living in the community.

orphan care:many children in africa have been made orphans because of hiv/aids, preventable diseases, warfare, and social conditions that have pre-maturely claimed the lives of their parents. Without help, these children have little hope for future prospects of economic and social advancement, and sometimes even for survival. We are proud to support our partners' efforts to give these children a brighter future and thus granted $75,800 to orphanages in three countries this year. (see schedule o for continuation)in kenya, the lewa children's home is a model for the many other programs we support. The lewa children's home began when bread and water for africa's volunteer spokesperson phyllis keino took in four children whose parents - who had been good friends of the keino family - died in a car crash in the early 1970s. Today, the lewa children's home provides comprehensive shelter and care for 87 children on-site, and provides 126 additional children from surrounding communities with money for school fees and basic necessities like food and clothing. Over the years, phyllis has expanded her efforts by founding the kipkeino primary school and baraka farm, all within the same 500-acre complex, working together to make the community stronger. Bread and water for africa continued its enthusiastic support of the lewa children's home in 2015 with a quarterly grant funding used for the upkeep of the home and to provide operational daily support for the staff and children. The kabwata orphanage and transit centre (kotc), located in lusaka, zambia, was founded by angela miyanda to provide a loving, caring, secure and healthy environment for orphans in this country (though their efforts have since expanded operations to include community healthcare - see above). Most of the children taken in by kotc have lost their parents to the terrible aids epidemic in the country. The kotc children are provided quality nutrition, shelter, education, and skills training. 319 orphans and more than 2,000 other individuals benefit from these services, which bwa is proud to fund. As it continues down its path toward self-sufficiency, the centre has been developing an income-generating project in the form of a banana plantation and a vegetable garden, which is currently earning over $27,000 per year. The shinga development trust in mutare, zimbabwe reaches out to 396 children per year through their feeding and nutrition program and school fee support program. Given the desperate economic situation in zimbabwe (with an unemployment rate of 95% and per capita gdp of under $100), the shinga development trust's mission is to care for the neediest children. Shinga provided school fees, feeding program and foster care sponsorship to many children in the area. Shinga focused on developing a farm that will benefit the orphans feeding program in dora east and dora west since 2014. In addition, bread and water for africa is funding the construction of an orphans' house, which is still under construction. We look forward to supporting shinga's future farming project.

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Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bread and Water for Africa helps so many in Africa in so many ways. From clean water to orphan care - they really make the difference. Their volunteer spokesperson is a mother to many orphans and her Baraka Farm feeds the children and provides an income for the orphanage. Education is an important part of healing Africa and their education programs help so many. I support them!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bread and Water for Africa is great. They support programs in Africa that the communities develop. They also bring fresh water to areas where there is none. This improves the health and quality of life for all of those in the community. I see from their reporting that they have very little overhead so I know my money is being used wisely.

1 Steve M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched this charity from a distant 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 committed and talented.