The Anglican Diocese of Chichester in southern England is assisting with urgent relief efforts in the drought hit Kenyan Diocese of Nakura.
An emergency grant of 5000 pounds is being sent directly to the Diocese,
which, in partnership with the Anglican Church of Kenya’s Development
Services, will buy and distribute foodstuff and other essential supplies
in the most affected areas.
Chichester’s World Mission Officer, the Rev’d Canon Ian Hutchinson
Cervantes, has mobilised funds to try to avert a tragedy following an
email from Bishop Joseph Muchai requesting assistance.
Bishop Joseph wrote: “Baringo County is one of the 47 counties of
Kenya. It is located in the former Rift Valley Province. Its
headquarters and largest town is Kabarnet. The County is frequently
affected by drought and famine leading to human and livestock loss. The
county has not received adequate rainfall for the last two years leading
to human death, human migration, and human–wildlife conflict and
inter-tribal wars. The situation worsened in October 2016 when the
county did not receive any rain as expected in the short rains season.
The communities are more vulnerable to drought because of their heavy
reliance on livestock as their own source of livelihood.”
Canon Ian said: “The number of households affected by drought could
be up to 5000 with the figure increasing daily. The emergency aid will
assist with funds to reduce human death and suffering. I am grateful to
the Diocesan Overseas Council for approving the emergency sum which is
just under half the total amount requested.”
A group from Chichester is due to be visiting Kenya in May and they
will be given the opportunity to visit the drought affected area and see
some of the ongoing work the Diocese of Nakuru intends to undertake
with those families it is targeting.
There have been confirmed reports
of community members resorting to wild (and in most cases poisonous)
fruits for food.
Most of the dry water pans are already contaminated by
animal carcasses which die around water points due to hunger,
exhaustion, heat and disease.