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We can only break the cycle of poverty in Africa by striving for sustainable change and reaching out to communities we help to learn their greatest needs. Through this process, Christian Relief Services' project Bread and Water for Africa realizes education is an important need in the communitites we help and a determinant of Africa's future. Our programs in Africa support the foundation of a brighter tomorrow by supporting schools and outreach efforts. Below are some of our recent success stories in education:
- Celebrating Success at the Kipkeino Primary School and Looking Ahead to the Kipkeino Secondary School in Eldoret, Kenya!
- Renovations Underway to Provide Expanded Enrollment at the Waterloo School in Sierra Leone
- Back in Session at the Amali School in Zambia
Twenty five year-old Emmanuel, or "Uncle 'E'" as he is called by the children at the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre, lost both of his parents at the age of nine. Emmanuel was continually kicked out of his classes for not paying his school fees and didn't have food at snack or lunch time on the few days he was in class. Emmanuel, however, was lucky enough to have a friend, Paul, who lived at the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre. Paul told Mrs. Angela Miyanda, founder of the orphanage, about Emmanuel's dire situation.
April is Childhood Nutrition Month! Here are some recipes to some traditional African foods:
Water is Life!
World Water Day is an opportunity to focus on the critical role that freshwater has in our lives and on the fact that so many people around the world STILL do not have access to it.
This precious resource plays a significant role in:
Phyllis Keino is the Volunteer Spokesperson for Bread and Water for Africa and Founder and Director of Lewa Children's Home and Kipkeino School in Eldoret, Kenya.
Phyllis began caring for orphaned Kenyan children in the early 1960s. Since then she has been a tireless advocate for Africa's children, founding the Lewa Children's Home and the Kipkeino School. For the last seven years she has also served as the volunteer spokesperson for Bread and Water Africa, travelling all over the world to spread the message about our work – she was recently honored in Canada with the International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 award for her unwavering commitment to the children of Kenya.
Right now, we are raising funds to procure thirty (30) sewing machines for our Women’s Skills Training Centre in Sierra Leone. These sewing machines will allow 250 women and girls to receive training in a skill that will make them economically self-sufficient, less vulnerable, and able to care for their children. Doing something as simple as buying sewing machines and training young mothers to make clothing that they can sell to buy food for their children is an important part of our mission.
Water is life. It can sometimes be easy for us to take this precious resource for granted thanks to its ready availability here in the United States, but access to water is a daily concern and threat in many regions of Africa. In 2009, Kenya experienced its worst drought in over 40 years. The lack of rainfall that persisted for more than 11 months that year caused water shortages throughout the nation, creating even greater difficulties in the communities affected. Not only did people lack water essential for their own health, but there was also no water to sustain crops - leading to massive crop failures that sunk the region into famine and further poverty.
What jumps to mind when we think of the holiday season?
- Gratitude, Love and laughter with family and friends
- A vacation from homework, meetings, or deadlines
- Sharing gifts with family and friends
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We thank you for your continued support - a small monthly gift can make all the difference in the lives of those in need!