Currently, in Sub Saharan Africa, less than half of all children will ever get the chance to read or write in primary school. Orphans and children from poor families who cannot afford compulsory school fees, uniforms or basic school supplies are often those most affected.
Faith was brought to us here at the Lewa Children’s Home in Eldoret, Kenya at the beginning of this year. She had been neglected by her mother and given up by grandparents who were sadly unable to look after her.
Painfully small and quiet when she first arrived, Faith is now slowly settling into her new life. She is learning about colours and shapes and how to pick up and put away her toys – things that the other 4-year-olds already know – because soon Faith will be ready go to school.
But unlike here in the UK, where every child receives a free education, children in Kenya have to pay to go to school. For orphans and children from poor families, this can make getting an education almost impossible.
Thankfully for Faith, Phyllis Keino our Kenyan partner and founder of Lewa Children’s home, believes in the power of education to break the cycle of poverty so many children are born into. With our help, she makes sure every child at Lewa goes through school and says “The children come here with so little, If I can help them with their dream of going to school, I have done something.” She also helps children from poor families in neighbouring communities to go to school too.
But she is only able to make this important difference to so many lives with our support. The donations we raise help Phyllis to fund school fees which are compulsory in Kenya, as well as uniforms, school shoes and other basic equipment the children need to be able to go to school.
Currently, in Sub Saharan Africa, less than half of all children will ever get the chance to read or write in primary school. Often it is orphans and children from poor families who cannot afford compulsory school fees, uniforms or basic school supplies; or those living in countries affected by poverty and disaster and there is a severe lack of school infrastructure.
This year, we’ve already helped over 600 children get ready for school
At Bread and Water for Africa UK, we believe in the power of education and work with community projects like Lewa to help some of the most disadvantaged children ensure this basic right.
In Burundi, one of the poorest nations on earth, we run three schools alongside our partners, CAPE (Centre for Aid and Protection of Children). The Murakaza school is funded entirely by us and provides free education, safe refuge and normality for up to 250 of the most vulnerable children living amidst political violence, AIDS and chronic malnutrition. We also support their mothers through a sewing workshop, where they make items to sell, as well as uniforms for the children.
In Rwanda, we work with the Imizi Children’s Centre, a school and a home for Rwanda’s street children. Often these children have had to beg, steal and fight to survive on the streets. But thanks to gentle teaching skills and care given at Imizi, so many go from a life of sleeping rough to futures full of opportunity. In fact,  children have now completed their university studies and  more are set to graduate this year.
In Kenya it only costs £9 a month for a child to be able to go to primary school, not much more then than we might spend on four weekly take out coffees. Or in Burundi, just 139 gifts of £55 could help build and equip an entire classroom for children living in one of the poorest countries in the world. Thank you for any help you can give.
£13 could help buy writing materials and school books
£36 could help buy an entire uniform and school shoes
£55 could pay a teacher’s entire month’s salary or help build our new classroom
If you’re able to give a monthly donation, we will add your name to one of the children’s uniform labels as a symbol of our thanks and your ongoing support (terms and conditions apply)