One in ten people worldwide lack access to clean water. A domino effect ensues. Without safe drinking water, water-borne diseases like malaria and typhoid spread. The risks intensify due to hospitals and health clinics that are ill-equipped to care for patients. Enrollment in local schools drops. Towns have trouble drawing in new businesses. Men, women and children die – 1 million each year from water-related causes. A lack of clean water affects everything.
A solar water pump in Malawi is now bringing water to a local orphan care program, providing clean water to 500 orphans. In addition, local families pay for access to it, leading the orphan care project to greater financial independence and contributing to a fund for pump maintenance.
About 1,000 individuals in Sierra Leone are benefiting from a new water well. Mocha Club funded the initial construction costs and the town now pays for the ongoing maintenance by metering out the water to the families and schools in the area.
The top ten poorest countries in the world are all in sub-Saharan Africa. Lacking a skill set or job opportunities, families are often trapped in the cycle of extreme poverty. Additionally, poor economies disproportionately affect women who are often discriminated against both in their education and in employment. All too often women are forced onto the streets out of desperation to support themselves and their family.
Women in Ethiopia now have a second chance. Ellilta Women at Risk offers women forced into the sex trade individual and group counseling, medical care, skills training and job placement assistance – while also working with their children to break the generational cycle of poverty. 90% of the women who walk through Ellilta’s doors never return to the streets – ever.
Secondary students in Nairobi’s slums are able to complement their regular academic education with marketable and valuable life skills that will increase their chances of economic success after school. The New Dawn Educational Center teaches them farming, animal care, technology, and other viable skills that provide them with the foundation necessary to create new opportunities for themselves.
More than half of the children in the world who should be in school but can’t afford it live in Africa. That’s over 33 million children – or 2/3s the total number of students in the U.S.! Those lucky enough to go to school are in classrooms with high student-teacher ratios and many leave primary school unable to read or write. Without the foundation of a quality education, children are at a disadvantage from early on. Breaking the cycle of extreme poverty requires an education that is simply out of reach for most children.
Each year, 160 secondary students in Kenya’s slums get to study at the New Dawn Educational Center. They learn in on-site greenhouses, libraries, and science labs. New Dawn students have won nation-wide essay contests and participated in national science fairs and research initiatives. They go on to receive teaching scholarships from the government, pursue university education, or even return to teach the next generation at New Dawn.
In Mombasa, Kenya, the Action School provides an opportunity for over 100 vulnerable children to receive an education. Action works specifically with children who are not in school because they have been orphaned, because they have special needs, or because they are living as outcasts in one of the world’s last leper colonies, Tumbe. This life-changing opportunity is one that allows them to forge a path for themselves that is larger than the circumstances they were born into.
Africa accounts for only 11% of the global population, but it carries 24% of the global disease burden. Even diseases that are both preventable and curable – like malaria – can be fatal without access to modern health facilities. However, less than 50% of Africans have access to such facilities or care.
Women, men, and children living with HIV/AIDS in the Huruma slum of Nairobi no longer face their illness alone. HEKO provides them with individual and family counseling, nutritional support so they can stay as healthy as possible, and recreational and income-generating activities to help them lead vibrant and fulfilling lives free from the stigma of their disease.
The slums of Huruma and Githogoro in Kenya have access to vital and lifesaving care. From antenatal visits to dressing and stitching wounds, from vaccinations to general welfare cases – the New Dawn Clinic is a critical resource to the surrounding communities, typically handling around 15,000 patient visits each year.
Sub-Saharan Africa is home to an estimated 52 million orphans. Without one or both parents, orphaned children face an increased likelihood of suffering from trauma if they witnessed the death of their parent. They are more likely to face health challenges and be vulnerable to food insecurity. Their chances of obtaining an education decrease and, if they cannot turn to extended family members, they often must turn to the streets.
Sixty children have a safe place to call home at Flame of Love in Goma, Congo. Orphaned from illness, war, or other family issues, these children now have access to trauma-healing counseling, receive assistance with school fees, are ensured a consistent meal, and are cared for by local women who volunteer to be stand-in mothers.
Orphans in Lizulu, Malawi can stay in family homes in their community. Thanks to the Lizulu Orphan Care Project, families that take in an orphan don’t have to worry about the economic strain of adding a child. This project helps provide uniforms and school fees, healthcare and food, as well as fosters an increased sense of community among all of the children, orphaned or not – thus ensuring these children can still live and grow in regular, healthy family homes.