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October News from Bread and Water for Africa® World Food Day, 22,000 books for Ethiopia, and more!

This month, we at Bread and Water for Africa® are working to make emergency repairs to a rural clinic in Sierra Leone before it is forced to close. In Ethiopia, tens of thousands of primary and preparatory school students are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a 40-foot shipping container of books that will be distributed to their schools’ libraries. We are also taking the time to reflect on the importance of ensuring that hundreds of orphans get three meals a day, every day, with World Food Day. And for those federal workers, we are hoping you will designate Bread and Water for Africa® through the Combined Federal Campaign.

Bread and Water for Africa® Strives to Help Keep Mokoba Health Clinic Open in Sierra Leone

The Rural Youth Development Organization – Sierra Leone (RYDO-SL) operates the Mokoba Health Center in a rural region where most of the residents of the area are subsistence farmers. With an average number of six children per family, they struggle simply to survive on what they can grow.

“People living in this community are in the condition of extreme poverty, and consequently they have not possibility of affording the cost of basic needs such as food, education and healthcare,” says program manager Joseph Ngoniyela Kobba, adding that 80 percent live in “absolute poverty, with income below $1 a day.”

Without access to the free clinic, parents seeking medical treatment for their children or themselves have no choice but to go untreated or worse. Joseph tells us that “for any chronic or severe diseases they have to depend solely on quacks.

“With proper and adequate health delivery services at their disposal, the people of Mokoba and the four surrounding villages would in the long-term improve their living conditions.”

The people there had long lacked a health care facility in their community until 2000 when RYDO-SL constructed the health clinic. Now, almost 20 years later, the clinic building is in desperate need of rehabilitation, and the people it serves are in desperate need of continuing health care. We are working to do what we can to make the repairs as quickly as possible, before it is forced to close leaving residents at the mercy of the “quacks.”

22,000 Books on the Way to Ethiopia to Provide Knowledge to Tens of Thousands Eager to Learn

In the Bahir Dar region of Ethiopia, there are 31,904 boys and girls attending primary and preparatory schools and are in desperate need of current text and reference books.

And thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® 22,000 books in a 40-foot shipping container are on the way.

Bahir Dar University, a public university founded 56 years ago, is among the most prestigious in the country, is partnering with Bread and Water for Africa® to distribute the books to 20 schools in three different towns.

“Although these 20 schools have libraries, they are not fully furnished with contemporary books that would expand students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes,” says Bahir Dar University spokesperson Abiy Menkir Gizaw. “As their libraries are not fully furnished, students are not using the libraries as expected. With the coming of these books, it is expected that the number of students using the libraries will increase significantly.”

Show Some Love and designate Bread and Water for Africa as your charity of choice this year!

First, we’d like to take a moment to thanks federal workers for designating Bread and Water for Africa® through the Combined Federal Campaign in years past. Your gift has allowed us to help thousands of African children and communities have access to healthcare, clean water, education and more so that they can thrive every day.

By participating in the Combined Federal Campaign and designating Bread and Water for Africa (CFC #10750) as your charity of choice, you're helping us to make positive changes all year long. Whether that means providing orphans with a loving home or ensuring mothers and their children receive the healthcare they need, no gift is too small and you absolutely can make a difference. Help us provide the basics for these families by designating us today!

World Food Day: A Vital Mission Carried Out Every Day by Bread and Water for Africa®

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organizations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

For more than 20 years, Bread and Water for Africa® has been working to ensure that thousands of orphaned and abandoned children do not go hungry at the children’s homes we support in Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

We have also worked to teach small holder farmers, primarily women in Sierra Leone who are their families’ true breadwinners, not only how to grow enough to feed their families on their small plots of land, but to even grow a surplus to sell at local markets