Thousands of children living in rural Kenya are considered fortunate to be able to attend school. But many of them live miles from their school, and of course, there being no school buses to carry them back and forth, some walk 10 miles round trip, or even more.

However, a large percentage of them, proudly wearing their school uniform, must walk that distance barefoot.

Not only must they dodge sharp rocks that can cut their tiny feet, they must walk on hot, hard dirt paths during the dry season, and navigate puddles and deep mud when the heavy rains come.

But all for the lack of a pair of shoes, these children are risking serious illness and even death with every step they take.

Parasitic worms such as roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms can cause soil-transmitted disease, which the World Health Organization notes that “are among the most common infections worldwide and affect the poorest and most deprived communities,” such as villages in rural Kenya.

In addition, by walking barefoot children can become infected by the burrowing Tunga flea, known as a “jigger” in Kenya, a debilitating foot parasite which makes walking practically unbearable preventing thousands of children from attending school.

To address this severe health-related issue, we started a “Shoes for Kenya” program to provide thousands of children with a pair of shoes – likely the first pair they’ve ever owned – so they can walk to school safely.

As you read this, medical equipment and supplies valued at estimated $350,000 are crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia on their way to Cameroon where they will be put to good use – easing suffering, treating the sick, and, in many cases, literally saving lives.

This is all happening through Bread and Water for Africa®’s longstanding partnership with the University of Virginia’s MERCI program and the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital which donated the gently used medical equipment and brand-new, still-in-original-packaging medical supplies, and you.

Because of your generous support to Bread and Water for Africa®, we are able to cover 100 percent of the costs to ship the 40-foot container, filled to the brim with 16,000 pounds of equipment and supplies, to our partner in Cameroon – Hope Services.

In May, Hope Services founder and director Esther Ndichafah was in the United States and had the opportunity to visit our warehouse in Fredericksburg, Virginia and select the medical equipment and supplies most needed to operate the clinic which serves the most needy in Yaounde Cameroon.

Here is just a partial list of the equipment just shipped: four hospital baby cribs; three breathing machines; eight wheelchairs; two stretchers with mattresses; eight medical bedtables;

And all of that doesn’t include 341 more boxes full of medical supplies such as tongue depressors, gloves and procedure masks, isolation and surgical gowns, bedpans, bandages and tape…the list goes on and on.

And because the community has basic needs as well, we also shipped 400 backpacks full of school supplies and boxes of toys and bicycles

Bread and Water for Africa® and your role in all of this is covering the cost of shipping the supplies to Cameroon, and elsewhere in Africa – more than $6,000.

We believe that’s quite a bargain when you consider the huge return on investment!

In the past year alone, Bread and Water for Africa® has shipped well over $10 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to our partners in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone – and that doesn’t take into account the tens of thousands of dollars in personal protection kits sent to the valiant healthcare workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone.

On average, Bread and Water for Africa® ships out 10 similar containers each year. With the latest one on the way to Cameroon today, we are already planning for our next shipment to go out within the next few months.


Ebola in West Africa

donate nowTragically, the Ebola crisis is devastating countries in West Africa and the human toll and suffering is on an unprecedented scale. In Sierra Leone alone, where our partner of more than 15 years, Faith Healing Development Organization (FHDO), is located, close to 8,000 people are now infected with the virus and nearly 1,800 have perished and, sadly, the numbers only continue to rise.

Through the compassion and generosity of our supporters, we have been able to help keep FHDO’s four health clinics fully operational, focusing solely on Ebola-related cases with shipments of medicines and medical supplies in incredible short supply. In addition, 700 Tyvek personal protection kits have been shipped for the FHDO healthcare workers putting their own lives on the line as they save others.

As the disease continues to spread, food prices are skyrocketing and those without the virus are facing starvation. Emergency funding has been allocated to assist FHDO to purchase food staples, fuel for cooking, and personal hygiene products. With your help, we can save many more lives, work to prevent the spread of the virus and ease the suffering for those able to survive.

Merry Christmas from Lewa Children's Home

Christmas is a joyful time for the children at our Lewa Children’s Home in Kenya – the children look forward to a celebration of treats and singing and dancing.

As the mother to over 100 orphans, it is my job to make sure that they have a gift and take part in our Christmas Services so they don’t feel alone and unwanted.

Thanks to you and other good people who support our school and orphanage, these 100 children have something to be thankful for during the Christmas Holiday.

But for many of their brothers and sisters across the African continent, there are no Christmas meals and treats.

Millions of children instead spend Christmas with very little to eat and no clean water to drink.  The sad truth is that children are always the first victims claimed by the consequences of droughts, floods, and man-made disasters such as war.

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Please give what you can to help our brothers and sisters in need in Africa.

If a child lacks proper nutrition in their early childhood, it is impossible to compensate for the losses in their growth and health in later years.

Malnutrition not only means an increased vulnerability to diseases, stunted growth and poor learning ability, but it also leads to long-term complications for both the child’s individual well-being and the stability of their community, and even their country.

Many people are aware of the droughts that regularly plague East Africa, especially Ethiopia. Indeed, droughts and floods weaken the fragile livelihood of these already vulnerable communities. However, malnutrition is another tragedy occurring silently in Ethiopia, in Sierra Leone, in Zambia, in Zimbabwe and Kenya. It doesn’t kill as abruptly as natural disaster or receive as much attention in the news, but it is deadly just the same.

Half of the children in Ethiopia are malnourished.

Deprived of vital nutrients, they grow stunted, sickly and weak for the rest of their lives. This fate is especially cruel in a country that is still dependent on manual labor – where the agricultural sector still comprises the bulk of Ethiopia’s production and income – and where the only jobs are.

A deficient nutritional intake at this crucial stage means children are afflicted with an irreversible handicap they will have to bear for the rest of their lives.

The interaction between malnutrition and poverty is apparent throughout one’s life. Maternal malnutrition – as reflected in low weight gains during pregnancy and poor health – are related to low birth weights.

Subsequently, a baby’s development may be harmed if his or her mother’s breast milk is insufficient due to her own malnourishment.

Improving the mother’s health brings double benefits: not only does it contribute to the increased well-being and productivity of the mother, but it also contributes to providing the baby with a better chance of being healthy and making a positive contribution to Africa’s future.

This is why Bread and Water for Africa® is involved in several nutrition and food-related projects across the continent. For instance:

  • In Rokel, Sierra Leone, our local partner clinic provides mothers with nourishing food after they have given birth so that they can nurse their babies longer, thereby giving them a better chance at life. In the Afar region of Ethiopia we work with our local partner, YETEEM Children and Destitute Mothers Fund, on agro-pastoral projects to improve the nutrition and health of vulnerable communities through sustainable food.
  • In Eldoret, Kenya, I am especially proud of the work accomplished at the Baraka Farm to supply the Lewa Children’s Home with fresh milk and healthy food for the orphans. With a healthy start they will have the chance of a better life that we all work so hard to provide them with.
  • In Lusaka, Zambia, we work with the Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre to provide shelter, nourishment, and care for over 74 children. Bread and Water for Africa also recently provided funding to develop a vegetable garden to grow and provide vegetables directly for the orphanage.

This sustainable food source is a huge help in providing accessible, nutritious food for these young and growing children.

Merry Christmas from the Lewa Children's HomeThanks to your generous support in the past, we have accomplished so much for the children of Africa, but the need for our continued efforts this Christmas are great.

Please help me save lives with a special Christmas gift. We can make a difference if we do something right now – whatever you feel you can afford! A little bit can provide small miracles this holiday season in communities where the needs are so great, but so very basic.

I hope that you and yours will have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you always,

Phyllis Keino
Phyllis Keino, R.N.
Volunteer Spokesperson
Eldoret, Kenya

Urgent Help Needed


Health care workers who are frequently in close contact with victims of the virus are at most risk.

Our health care partner in Sierra Leone – Faith Healing Development Organization – has urgently requested personal protection suits and equipment for their four clinics in Rokel, Bo, Bunumbu, and Kenema.

Our project, Bread and Water for Africa® has already RUSH air freighted two pallets of 800 personal protection suits and equipment to the clinics.

We must send more…we need your urgent response to this appeal.

Please send your EMERGENCY CONTRIBUTION today!  donate now



An early picture of my father at one of our first water wells on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

March 22nd is the United Nation’s World Water Day. Read this message from our Executive Director, Paul Krizek, to hear how water initiated our first partnerships and was one of Christian Relief Services’ primary focuses when it was founded 28 years ago.

Dear Friends,

Nowadays I am sure you hear regularly about so many different days of commemoration or celebration – I do believe March 20th is commemorated as Extraterrestrial Abductions Day while March 21st is reserved for celebrating Fragrance Day – and maybe World Water Day would have passed you by. But for me, World Water Day is just one day out of 365 days that should be dedicated to this resource that is so necessary to every aspect of human life. In fact, the very first project that Christian Relief Services dedicated itself to was the construction of a water well on an American Indian reservation. Back then, my father, Gene Krizek, had just founded Christian Relief Services and traveled out to the reservation to talk about the most pressing need. He received a one-word response: “Water.”Access to water has been a challenge in nearly all the communities we have worked with. From American Indian reservations in the northern Midwest of the United States to the remotely located villages of Bo in the Bumpe Ngao Chiefdom of Sierra Leone – water is the key to life.

And as always, thank you for your ongoing support and compassion for the issues that affect so many struggling communities worldwide. I can truly say that you are our rock when times test our resolve against these critical issues. 

Thank you,
Paul Krizek