Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Bread and Water for Africa

Providing a Brighter Future for Africa's Children

Alexandria, VA

Mission

Bread and Water for Africa® partners with local grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa to create long-lasting solutions to poverty. Through our partnerships we address critical issues in the region, with a focus on orphan care, education, clean water, health care, and sustainable agriculture.

Ruling Year

1985

CEO/Presideant

Mr. Bryan L. Krizek

Executive Director

Ms. Bethelhem Haile Tessema

Main Address

8301 Richmond Highway Suite 300

Alexandria, VA 22309 USA

Keywords

#Sustainable Programs #Education # Basic Health

EIN

54-1884520

 Number

1585983591

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Economic Development (S30)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

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

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Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bread and Water Program

Health Care

Orphan Care

Clean water Development

Agriculture

Education

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor 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, which operate under Christian Relief Service.

Number of organizational partners

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Bread and Water Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Farmers,

Adolescents (13-19 years)

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Bread and Water Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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 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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Bread and Water for Africa® aims to address the issues of poverty, malnutrition, lack of health care, neglected orphans, lack of education, clean water, food security and gender inequality. 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.

We assess our progress by observing the growth of our partners: the improvements of their facilities, the life-changing accomplishments in their own communities, the success of the individuals who learn from them, the improvements in the health of the communities, the number of vulnerable children and orphans attending school, the empowerment of individuals, and the number of overall beneficiaries we are able to reach. One of the most critical tools we use to assess progress are regular monitoring and evaluation trips to project sites in order to learn about the people being helped – not just the numbers and statistics – and also to speak with all participants involved in the implementation of the project on a daily basis.

Bread and Water for Africa® also requires regular reports from our partners that include photos and narrative to inform us of updates both within their organization and in the current project in progress.

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.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Male
Disability Status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender Identity
Female
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

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