This month, thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® we have been able to assist our partner in Zimbabwe weather the turbulent economic storm in the country as she cares for dozens of orphans. In Kenya, Brian and dozens of orphaned children at the Lewa Children’s Home have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. And in Sierra Leone, hundreds of students have had the world opened up to them through computers and the internet in their schools.
Through Economic Crisis in Zimababwe, Shinga’s Margaret Makambira Perseveres
There is a storm brewing in Zimbabwe. Not one caused by nature, but of man’s own doing.
According to the International Monetary Fund, Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rate from August 2018 through August 2019 was at 300 percent, the highest in the world.
For Margaret Makambira, executive director of our partner, Shinga Development Trust and its Lerato Children’s Home, the hyperinflation looming large over the country makes it impossible for her to budget from month to month for food and other expenses for the children in her care.
This summer, Zimbabwe experienced what has been described as “an economic and social meltdown.” Meanwhile, there are acute shortages of water, fuel, and electricity across the country where power cuts of up to 18 hours a day have destroyed daily life.
But through it all, Margaret is determined to continue to provide loving care to the children in her charge, and thanks to our supporters, she at least has backup assistance she can count on.
While no one can predict the future, or even ascertain a guess as to how long the country’s economic crisis will continue, one thing appears to be certain; things in Zimbabwe may have to get even worse before they can get better.
Orphaned Children in Kenya Have Much to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving
Although Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, that does not mean that dozens of children living at the Lewa Children’s Home do not have plenty to be thankful for every single day.
These vulnerable children get to eat three healthy, filling meals daily, have a warm bed to sleep in every night, and have the opportunity to attend school and build a pathway towards a brighter future thanks to founder "Mama" Phyllis Keino and our supporters.
Phyllis’ vision also led to the KipKeino Primary School and the Baraka Farm, which provides the children with milk and dairy products for strong bones, as well as maize and vegetables to ensure they receive the nutrition they need for a healthy life.
Among those who has the most to be thankful for is Brian, who has spent most of his young life at Lewa, thriving under Phyllis’ loving care.
“In this home I have it very good because of the love offered to me,” says Brian. “I would like to thank Mama Phyllis Keino for her support in my education and home. May God bless the work of her hands. Thank you.”
Bread and Water for Africa® Helps Bridge the Digital Divide in Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone, many schools, particularly those serving children in rural impoverished areas of the country, do not have up-to-date textbooks for students – much less computers.
But thanks to our supporters, earlier this year, several schools in the country received nearly 300 desktop computers for use in classrooms which previously had none.
FHDO Executive Director Rev. Frances Mambu noted that the computers have really opened up a whole new world for the students.
“Access to quality education is still a challenge in developing countries, with Sierra Leone being no exception,” he commented. “The use of computers on the school campuses have improved learning as they are also used for researching on the internet.
“Lives are being touched at the school campuses. Your kind gesture will remain forever in our hearts.”
There is Still Time to Designate Bread and Water for Africa® as Your CFC Partner for 2020
We’d like to take a moment to invite federal workers to consider designating Bread and Water for Africa® through the Combined Federal Campaign and offer a friendly reminder that the deadline to pledge their gift is January 12, 2020.
Your gift will help provide loving homes to hundreds of orphaned and abandoned children, an education for thousands, clean water in villages where there had been none, healthcare for expecting women, and much more!
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. No gift is too small and you absolutely can make a difference. Help us provide the basics for these families by designating us today!