UPDATE: Kenya Emergency Appeal

Posted by Sarah Caughey on Tue, 10 Nov 2009 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

At the start of October we launched the Kenya Emergency Appeal in response to request from our partners in Kajiado Diocese, who are organising a food distribution programme to help address the serious food shortage arising from the severe drought which has gripped East Africa.

We want to thank those who responded so promptly to the appeal with prayers and with generous financial support. The first instalment of £2,000 has been transferred to Kajiado where it has already been used to purchase maize and bean seeds. These seeds are being distributed to those who are planting crops. Talking about the programme and the donations received, CMS Ireland Mission Partner Ronnie Briggs says, “ It is a big task but well worthwhile and it would not have been possible but [your] partnership with us.”

As the first drops of rain began to fall on 1st November, it looks like “good” rains are on their way…but the Maasai people are not as confident at the MET office in their predictions of heavy showers. Please continue to pray for rains in Kajiado diocese, to restore life to much needed livestock and crops, and also to ensure that seeds being planted now will produce a good yield when harvest comes. In their most recent blog, the Briggs share with us about the reality of what communities in Kajiado are facing: “…many people still have to try and lift up their cattle by hand every morning to encourage them not to give up just yet, then continue to search for grazing and a little water to keep them going for another day. It will take time before the grass is sufficient for proper grazing.” Click here to read the full blog.

Please continue to keep the people in Kajiado diocese, and other areas, affected by this drought, the worst in living memory, in your prayers. Let us give thanks and praise for first rains and the first donations to the food relief programme which have brought seeds and hope.

However, our brothers and sisters are still in need of our help, through prayer and through financial giving, so let us pray that God would provide life sources to these communities, to bring hope in these difficult times and to bring relief from their daily routine of survival. Click here if you would like to donate.

If you would like more information about the Kenya Emergency Appeal, please contact the Belfast office.