As 2018 winds down, it’s time for us at Bread and Water for Africa® to reflect on all that our supporters have helped make possible. Included on that list are the tens of thousands of African children, mothers and others who received lifesaving healthcare, the hundreds of orphans who have a loving home, the thousands who were able to have their fondest wish granted of attending school, and much more.
These children and adults are not just numbers and statistics – they are individuals like Ema in Zimbabwe and Emmanuel in Zambia whose lives you have made better this year, along with those thousands whose names we will never know who our supporters and friends have helped heal in Cameroon and feed in Sierra Leone.
A Lesson of Love and Caring for the Children of Lerato Children’s Village
Ema’s tale is a story of tragedy and hope. The little 6-year-old had gone through a lot in her young life – being physically and emotionally abused and becoming infected with HIV. She understandably is emotionally disturbed and has difficulty concentrating.
But all is not lost for Ema thanks to Bread and Water for Africa® partner in Zimbabwe, Shinga Development Trust which operates the Lerato Children’s Village. There, she has found a home filled with love from her “sisters and brothers” and more importantly Ema has found a place forever in the heart of her new-found “mother,” Shinga director Margaret Makambira.
As Margaret told us of Ema and the other Lerato children, “Their stories are sad, and they don’t know what real love and genuine caring is.”
Little Emmanuel Finds Food, Shelter, Education and Family in Loving Home in Zambia
Emmanuel was only 2 years old when came to the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Center in Zambia. When he arrived he was already showing signs of mental illness – brought upon by his mentally-ill mother who fed her young son garbage she took from trash bins.
But thanks to the supporters of Bread and Water for Africa® who have helped him into this loving home, he is a changed boy.
“Today, Emmanuel has improved for the better and will be starting preschool in two weeks,” Kabwata Executive Director Angela Miyanda reported.
Clinic in Cameroon will be Open to Meet the Needs of the Poor in This Impoverished Country
For nearly three years, Bread and Water for Africa® has been working with our partner in Douala, Cameroon, Hope Services Ministry International on the construction of a desperately-needed health clinic.
Today, that clinic is almost operational and providing free and reduced-priced basic healthcare services to the most-needy in the community. Although the clinic is completed, our task is not over as we work to provide the clinic with the most advanced medical equipment available to allow the clinic staff to expand their services.
Poultry Processing Plant Opens in Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone, “home-grown” chickens are very much in need in Sierra Leone as explained by our partner there Rev. Francis Mambu, director of Faith Healing Development Organization: “As the local production is inadequate because of the insufficient number of poultries in the country, most of the chickens and eggs we eat have to be imported from overseas.”
At Bread and Water for Africa® we strive to find ways to assist our partners in Africa, such as FHDO, become self-sufficient while also providing necessary services to the people in the communities they serve.
When Rev. Mambu approached us a few years ago with a proposal to construct a facility to house up to 5,000 chickens and a food processing area, we were eager to support that initiative and today we are proud to see his dream come to fruition providing thousands with access to low-cost eggs and chicken.
P.S. Though together we have accomplished much in 2018, there is still much more to do in 2019. Your end-of-the-year gift, or perhaps a recurring monthly gift will make a big difference in the lives of the thousands you help us to serve.
From all of us at Bread and Water for Africa®, and on behalf of the children and impoverished whose lives you help transformed in 2018, we wish you all Likizo ya furaha! and Mwaka Mpya wa heri njema! (Happy Holidays! and Have a Happy New Year! in Kiswahili)