Today, in Africa:

• 100 million children can’t go to school. More than half of them are girls.
• Out of nearly 1 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to clean water, half of them are in Africa.
• A child in Africa is 7 times more likely to die before her 5th birthday than a child in a developed country. Almost half of these deaths are caused by malnutrition.

The traditional aid model is failing. Too much money is being wasted on a top-down approach that is antiquated, ill-adapted and often patronising to the very people it's meant to serve.

We work directly with small local organisations which are best placed to know the needs of their communities, identify the solutions that exist and work best, within their cultural and religious contexts. They are efficient and cost effective because they use local staff and local resources and are quick to adapt.

Our Philosophy in Action

What we do:

Bread and Water for Africa UK:

  • Identifies
  • Equips
  • Empowers
  • Connects

these grassroots organisations so they can better serve their communities, and become central actors of their own development.

We listen to local people to really understand what they need. We then give them the support and skills to break out of their current situation. We support local projects directly: there is no intermediary and we closely monitor the programmes to ensure clear outcomes.

We focus on long-term projects rather than temporary relief efforts, so we can give African communities a hand up, not a handout. In this way, these sustainable projects can continue to help future generations.

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Volunteer women serving school lunches at a school in Sierra Leone