During her recent field visit to Ethiopia, Bread and Water for Africa® Executive Director Bethelhem Tessema heard firsthand the gratitude from the students whose schools had just received thousands of new books. In addition, she was able to visit the health center which received medical supplies, which are being put to good use.
In Sierra Leone where we just completed a water well at a school in a rural village, we are already in the planning stages for the next one. And, also in Sierra Leone, thanks to our supporters and a partnership with Computer Ministry, hundreds of students have entered into the digital age.
Ethiopian Students Express Gratitude for Thousands of New Books at their Schools
Last month, I reported on my field trip to East Africa and focused on the time I spent visiting our partners in Kenya. This month, I am reporting on the time I spent in the Salale community in Ethiopia which Bread and Water for Africa® has been providing support to since 2018.
Salale is located in the southwestern part of Ethiopia, about 100 miles from the capital city of Addis Ababa where we support an educational program and healthcare program.
Last year, thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® we were able to ship a 40-foot container of books (roughly 22,000) through the Salale University Community Development Program which distributed the books to primary, middle and secondary schools in the region, as well as medical supplies and equipment to a health center.
While there, I had the opportunity to meet with the Community Development Program team member Dr. Belay Tadesse to discuss administration and program-related matters.
However, the highlight of my trip was visiting two schools which received books and the health clinic which received the supplies. At the schools, it was heartwarming to hear the sincere gratitude and deep appreciation for the books from both teachers and students alike, and I expressed our desire to continue our newfound partnership as resources allow.
Water Well in Sierra Leone Brings Clean Water to Thousands; Another in the Works
March 22 was the United Nations’ World Water Day and we at Bread and Water for Africa® are pleased to report that the well we constructed this year on the grounds of a school in the village of Nafami in Sierra Leone is now fully operational.
This year, our goal is to do the same for thousands in Kenema. Although it is not a small rural village, it is the second-largest city in Sierra Leone with a population of more than 200,000 people, the residents there have the same critical need.
And one year from now, thanks to our supporters, we fully expect being able to report more good news that thousands Sierra Leoneans now have the water they need not just to stay healthy, but even simply survive.
Students in Sierra Leone Step into the Digital Age Thanks to Supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®
At the Legos Christian Academy in Rutile, Sierra Leone, there are hundreds of students who have stepped into the digital age thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® and through our partnership with Computer Ministry in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa®, we were able to pay a nominal service fee to Computer Ministry which enables them to keep their electronics recycling operation going, as well as the cost of shipping the computers to Sierra Leone.
The supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® made this all possible, as part of a joint mission together with Computer Ministry, Reverend Mambu and Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO) to bridge the digital divide literally across the ocean and we could not wait to share this success with you.