“Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9.
In response to the drought currently being experienced in the Northern part of the Country, the Catholic Archbishop, His Eminence John Cardinal Njue officially flagged off food donations to be distributed in Marsabit and Isiolo Dioceses. The donations amounting to 80 tonnes, are valued at Ksh.8 Million.
The contributions were received from various Parishes within the Archdiocese of Nairobi following a national appeal by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN), which covers Nairobi and Kiambu Counties, has a total of 111 parishes majority of whom contributed towards this cause. Caritas Nairobi, the Social Development Arm of the Catholic Church has been coordinating the collection from various Parishes within the ADN.
“While the government is playing its part in addressing the issue at hand, the Church equally has a responsibility which is why we are inclined to make a contribution and supplement the efforts already being made. In addition, the current situation dictates the individual responsibility that we ought to play in showing solidarity to our brothers and sisters. I am therefore making an appeal to individuals and institutions to donate in monetary form or in-kind,” said the Cardinal.
The donations were received by the respective Dioceses and distributed to residents at the parish level. The trucks also traveled in the interior parts to ensure that supplies reach people in those areas. The relief efforts are in collaboration with Caritas Nairobi and Caritas Kenya.