We have very good news to report thanks to our supporters:
- In Sierra Leone, the poultry farm they helped construct is providing thousands with affordable, high-protein meat;
- In Kenya, a young man abandoned by his mother as a toddler is heading off to college;
- And by the end of the summer, 650 villagers in Cameroon could have access to safe drinking water for the first time in their lives with your help!
Poultry Farm in Sierra Leone Provides Chicken Meat to Thousands
Thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® the poultry farm in Sierra Leone operated by our partner there, Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO), is operating in full swing, just like Old MacDonald’s Farm with “here a cluck, there a cluck, everywhere a cluck-cluck.”
Two years ago, FHDO executive director Rev. Francis Mambu came to us with a request for assistance in the construction of a poultry farm where thousands of chickens would be raised from eggs (with plenty of surplus eggs to sell at the local market). This has provided thousands of Sierra Leoneans with access to affordable fresh poultry, which is hard to find in the country, and expensive when available.
In the photos Rev. Mambu sent us, he is surrounded by hundreds of nearly full-grown chickens. Not only does the farm make chickens and eggs available for families, it also generates income for FHDO towards its mission of providing low-cost health care services for the indigent, and education for children.
As the photo illustrates, while the chickens cannot likely be considered “free-range,” they also do not spend their lives contained in tiny cages barely larger than themselves. This allows them to enjoy their lives before being enjoyed as a special treat for dinner on the plates of roughly 5,000 hungry Sierra Leoneans each year.
Emmanuel: From Abandoned Toddler to College Student
There is no telling where little Emmanuel would have ended up some 15 years ago without the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®. When he was just 2-years-old he, along with his older brother and sister, were abandoned by their mother.
Because of our supporters, Emmanuel and his siblings were brought to the Lewa Children’s Home in Eldoret, Kenya, and into the loving arms of Bread and Water for Africa® international spokeswoman Phyllis Keino, founder and director of the children’s home.
After excelling at the Kipkeino Primary School (which was constructed by Bread and Water for Africa®) Emmanuel was accepted to the prestigious Kapsabet High School, one of the oldest high schools in the country whose alumni include Daniel Arap Moi, the second president of Kenya.
Today, we are thrilled to report that Emmanuel has been awarded a scholarship to attend Taita Taveta University in Mariwenyi, Kenya, described as “A Premier Institution in Education, Training, Research, Innovation And Community Outreach” where he will major in agribusiness a “growing” field in Kenya.
Upon his acceptance to Kapsabet, Emmanuel wrote a letter of appreciation to the supporters who made it possible.
“If it wouldn’t have been for you, I wouldn’t be where I am,” and promising “not to let you down.”
He has certainly been true to his word, and we eagerly look forward to not only sharing more of his story, but also sharing the reports of his success at university and beyond.
Abomvomba Residents Hope to Have the Gift of Water Soon
We recently heard about the small village of Abomvomba from our partner in Cameroon, Hope Services, and about the great need for water for the people there.
Its 650 inhabitants have no safe drinking water source, no electricity, no schools, no health care facilities and an extremely limited telecommunications network.
To address this problem, Esther Ndichafah, CEO of Hope Service, turned to Bread and Water for Africa® to request the $9,400 necessary to construct a borehole about 200 feet deep, thereby ensuring there will be no risk of the well becoming contaminated and/or polluted.
The bottom line is that the residents of Abomvomba “are in desperate need of water,” says Esther, and at Bread and Water for Africa® we are working to see that that desperate need is met this year.