Behold I am with you always (Matthew 28:20)
“A generous person will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.”
We, the Catholic Bishops of Kenya, your shepherds, are cognizant to the fact that our country Kenya is facing severe food, water and pasture shortage in many parts of the Country. Despite this challenging moment, we come to you with a word of hope and encouragement, God is with us, as Christ promised, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20). Therefore, none of us should despair!
The total number of people needing this help is about 2.4 million.
We have been closely monitoring the current drought situation in the Country and reports from our Dioceses and Parishes indicate tales of suffering, desperation, hopelessness and in some cases, imminent loss of life.
Even though the Kenyan Government, Kenya Red Cross and other philanthropic groups have made varied interventions, these remains inadequate because the number of families affected is huge. WE ARE IN STATE OF HUNGER, A LOOMING DISASTER.
We hasten to appeal to the Government to declare the current drought a national disaster in order to beckon the International Community to step forward and support the many Kenyans who are suffering from this predicament.
Furthermore, we, the Catholic Bishops, encourage all partners to continue their good work in responding to the crisis and urge the private sector to get more involved in these efforts.
Finally, we call upon our Christians, all people of good will, the Caritas family and other Church partners to respond to our Local Emergency Appeal and support us to reach out to the communities that are drastically affected by this drought.
We are appealing to all Christians and people of good will to join hands in solidarity with the Church by contributing funds, food and non-food items to save lives of those affected.
Food and non-food donations can be channeled through our Parishes, Diocesan and National offices and other Church Institutions. Caritas Kenya, the Development and Humanitarian Arm of the Catholic Church, will coordinate this initiative.
For financial support, kindly send your contributions to either of the following:
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MPESA PAY BILL:
The funds collected will help the Church respond to emergency situation through relief to assist the affected Communities through provision of urgent basic needs.
We thank you for your steadfast support and urge you to stand by us as we rise to this challenge.
For more details contact:
P.O. Box 13475-00800,
Waumini House Westlands,
Signed: _____________________ Date: 7th February 2017
Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo
Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops /Homa Bay
Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa, Vice Chairman (KCCB)/Ngong
His Eminence John Cardinal Njue Nairobi
Most Rev. Zacchaeus Okoth Kisumu
Most Rev. Peter Kairo Nyeri
Most Rev. Martin Kivuva Musonde Mombasa
Rt. Rev. Cornelius Arap Korir Eldoret
Rt. Rev. Joseph Mairura Okemwa Kisii
Rt. Rev. Maurice Crowley Kitale
Rt. Rev. Norman Wambua King’oo Bungoma
Rt. Rev. Peter Kihara, IMC Marsabit
Rt. Rev. David Kamau Ng’ang’a Aux. Bishop Nairobi
Rt. Rev. Anthony Ireri Mukobo, IMC Isiolo Vicariate
Rt. Rev. Virgilio Pante Maralal
Rt. Rev. Salesius Mugambi Meru
Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Okombo Kericho
Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria Kitui
Rt. Rev. James Maria Wainaina Muranga
Rt. Rev. Paul Kariuki Njiru Embu
Rt. Rev. Maurice Muhatia Makumba Nakuru
Rt. Rev. Dominic Kimengich Lodwar
Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Barbara Malindi
Rt. Rev. Joseph Mbatia Nyahururu
Rt. Rev. Joseph Obanyi Sagwe Kakamega
Rt. Rev. Joseph Alessandro Garissa
Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich