Many of you have asked how World Relief is responding to the crisis in the Horn of Africa. We are currently delivering food to families in this region. Because we work with local churches and have an office in Kenya, we have a strong infrastructure already in place. Our disaster response director-Francesco Paganini – along with our disaster response team is in Turkana, Kenya now and we should have an update early next week. They are currently on the ground to determine how we can best safely expand our current program, which is now reaching 3000 people.
Thank you, for your hearts for the people who are suffering due to this food crisis.
Major Drought Persists
The March-June rains in Kenya’s drought-stricken Turkana district have fallen sparsely for the third season in a row. Much of north and northeastern Kenya and neighboring Somalia have been declared by the United Nations to be in famine or emergency food crisis situations. In Kenya alone there are estimated to be 2.4 million people in need of food assistance, of which almost 200,000 live in the northern Turkana region. As water sources continue to dry up and crops suffer, rural pastoral communities are made more vulnerable as they slaughter their livestock¬–their economic livelihood and source of nutrition–to survive. This dry, arid region is expansive and difficult to access and traverse, which makes the humanitarian response to this largely unknown and unreported disaster difficult and challenging.
World Relief’s Response
Since May 11 World Relief Kenya, in partnership with local church partners including Nairobi-based Parklands Baptist Church, has distributed general emergency food assistance in the Turkana region to over 350 families (3,000 people). However, as drought conditions persist, water resources are strained. To address these clean water shortages and avoid community tension caused by limited resources, World Relief is working alongside a local church partner to drill new wells in the region.
In continued partnership with the local Church, World Relief is committed to further and expanded emergency food assistance to drought-affected families and communities in the Turkana region. In addition to short-term relief, World Relief is committed to empowering local churches to engage in the needs of their community and reduce their vulnerability to future disasters.
Please pray with us:
Pray for the communities in the drought affected region and for more local Kenyan church partners, protection for our staff on the long trips from Nairobi to Turkana, good health for World Relief staff, for additional staff members, and that more people will come to know the love of Christ.
As you read through this, if you would like to give, you may do so at a Kenya-specific link found here: https://worldrelief.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=3066
Here are some good links to the Kenya situation.