Bread and Water for Africa

Providing a Brighter Future for Africa's Children

Alexandria, VA   |  www.africanrelief.org

Mission

The mission of Bread and Water for Africa® is to promote positive change in Africa by supporting and strengthening grassroots initiatives for community self-sufficiency in health and education.

Ruling year info

1985

CEO/Presideant

Mr. Bryan L. Krizek

Executive Director

Ms. Bethelhem Haile Tessema

Main address

8301 Richmond Highway Suite 300

Alexandria, VA 22309 USA

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EIN

54-1884520

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Sub-Saharan African countries, we work millions of children are living on the streets, fending for themselves not knowing when they are going to get their next meal, or where they will be sleeping that night. We believe that education is the key to success in the future, however millions of children do not have the opportunity to attend school — for most their fondest wish — because their parents, if they have them, simply cannot afford the “luxury” of paying school fees. In addition, having access to clean, safe water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing is not the norm as most must risk their lives obtaining their water from unsafe, unprotected sources, frequently contaminated by parasites and diseases such as cholera and Typhoid fever. Also, many lives are lost throughout Sub-Saharan Africa due to easily preventable and treatable illnesses due to a lack of accessible and affordable healthcare.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bread and Water Program

Medical Care – This
year, our local health care partners in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Cameroon treated thousands of mothers and young children suffering from preventable and life threatening illnesses and worked to spread HIV/AIDS awareness to patients and nearby communities.

Food Security – Hunger and malnutrition are unending battles that affect about 25 percent of Africa’s 856 million people population every year. BWA partners in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Zambia, Sierra Leone and Kenya know that promoting food security and sustainable agriculture programs is the key to ending extreme hunger and malnourishment. That is why our partners educate local farmers about modern agricultural practices and uphold a well-run heifer exchange program.

Orphan Care – Each year
our grassroots partners’ orphanages in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe provide over 3,000 parent-less children with nurturing homes, trauma counseling, and life skills development. These orphanages also provide infant feeding and children's general education programs, an enormous need in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 15 million children have lost a parent due to HIV/AIDS.

Education and Vocational
Training – For BWA education isn’t just an investment in the future of Africa — education is the future of Africa. Our partners in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Cameroon, Malawi, Uganda, Republic of Chad and Zimbabwe have constructed fourteen primary and secondary schools to give children a chance at better lives. The Kipkeino Primary school in Eldoret, Kenya was constructed with BWA funds almost 25 years ago to serve the orphans of the Lewa Children’s Home, another BWA-funded project, as well as children from the local community. The school has already established itself as one of the best in the country, and construction will begin soon a secondary school.

Clean Water – Our partners in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Kenya, and Zambia work to supply communities with pathogen-free water.  It is estimated that about 80 percent of illnesses are associated with consuming dirty water, which is why our partner in Uganda has constructed a district-wide water system with over 100 taps, three large community water wells, two sanitary latrines, and the
fortification of two local water sources serving over 30,000 every year.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Providing health care for children under five and mothers.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Provide loving homes for orphaned and abandoned children, including the basic necessities of food, clean water, health care, and education so they can build a better life as they enter adulthood.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Build water wells and support clean water development projects to provide life's most vital resource.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Train man and women in sustainable farming methods to provide food for their families and surplus to sell at local markets, and provide seeds and basic faring tools.

Population(s) Served
Families

Offer quality education at preschool, primary and high school levels, as well as vocational training to give children and young adults the best opportunities for self sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Bread and Water Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Bread and Water for Africa shares resources with Americans Helping Americans, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, and Home for the Homeless/ SP, which operate under Christian Relief Service.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bread and Water Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year Bread and Water for Africa partners with organizations in several countries across Sub Saharan Africa such as Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bread and Water Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the official count of the beneficiaries of Bread and Water for Africa's programs. Bread and Water for Africa has worked over the past three years to increase the number of people it serves.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Farmers, Adolescents

Related Program

Bread and Water Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Training include computer training program, dairy farmers training to increase milk production , Napier grass management, calf rearing, and basic farming skills for village women.

Number of health outcomes improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Bread and Water Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Thanks to the construction of clinics and water wells in rural villages, Bread and Water for Africa was able to expand the number of health outcomes improved by several thousand.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Bread and Water Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Bread and Water for Africa has been expanding the number of clients participating in educational programs distributing books to primary and high schools libraries in several countries .

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bread and Water Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All of the clients served by Bread and water for Africa and its partner organizations benefit from the tools/resources/education materials that the organization provides.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Bread and Water for Africa® supports grassroots, not-for-profit organizations which initiate relevant community solutions in Africa in order to help themselves toward self-sufficiency. By enabling our grassroots partners in Africa to achieve self-sufficiency, we hope to permanently decrease poverty in each household, break the cycle of poverty and helplessness, and create thriving communities that will in turn positively influence the country, continent, and world.

Bread and Water for Africa® chooses locally-based, accountable partners that fit into our focus areas of orphan care, education and vocational training, health care, agriculture, and clean water. We not only support these programs through monetary funding and in-kind provisions, but through our partnership approach we can guide them to sustainable practices and methods that ensure the longevity of their initiative.

It is not our intention to support these programs indefinitely, though we do pride ourselves on working with our partners until they achieve their ultimate goal of self-sufficiency. It is our hope that after a period of time, the local organizations that we support will no longer need external financial support to continue in their work. In this way, the programs will become self-empowered and able to progress further in helping the communities where they are located and inspiring confidence in their ability to make change. Once a partner eliminates its financial dependence on Bread and Water for Africa®, we can seek new organizations to partner with and help them achieve their vision of a brighter future for their community.

We receive monetary support through donations from individuals, and in-kind support from a variety of groups. We also maintain a regular, critical relationship with donors of medical supplies and medicines that equip our health care programs across Africa.

Bread and Water for Africa® is also able to ensure that our donations and funds are spent responsibly through our partnership approach which affords us an intimate and regular correspondence with our program partners, and also allows us to regularly monitor each project and its adherence to our standards of budgeting and planning. By working with partners, we become closely engaged with the community and the beneficiaries of each project, which prepares us for subsequent projects in the region or with the same program partner. In this way, we can deliver responsible change in partnership with Africans, and we can be accountable to our supporters around the world.

Some of our most prominent steps towards our self-sufficiency goals have been the establishing or planning of agricultural projects in several of our partners' programs in order to not only supply food for themselves, but to create a source of income in order to help them thrive as self-standing entities. One of the most powerful examples of such a program is the Baraka Farm in Eldoret, Kenya which has become a very successful farm that many others look to as a model for their own programs as well as for personal farm training. The Farm has expanded to provide training for local farmers, thus improving the economic capacity of the entire community, and has also inspired the visionaries we work with in other African countries to develop plans for supplemental agricultural projects within their own communities. It is our hope that such income-generating projects will pave the way for our partners to no longer need our support.

On the other hand, perhaps our most difficult decision has been withdrawing our help from programs that we used to support before this goal could be achieved. Often times, circumstances beyond the control of Bread and Water for Africa® – shifts in the political climate, a change in organizational leadership, or poor assessment of community demand, etc. – can necessitate an early end to a partnership. These are the tough decisions in which our organization must weigh the responsibility to our donors and the stewardship of their funds against the need of our partners which may have either grown or shrunk to a range outside the scope of Bread and Water for Africa's support.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bread and Water for Africa

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James O'Brien

O'Brien & Van Stiphout LLC

Term: 2020 - 2021

Thomas O'Brien

No Affiliation

Frank Stitely, CPA

CPA Firm

Robert Hisel

No Affiliation

John Williams

No Affiliation

Ketlen Solak

No Affilation

Bryan Krizek

No Affilation

Clyde Richardson

No Affiliation

James O'Brien, Esq.

O'Brien & Van Stiphout LLC

Elayne Silversmith

No Affiliation

Eric Jones

No Affilation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/22/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.