Severe Drought, Famine Grips Kenya

Kenya Hope provides hay to help local community members feed their animals. (Photo courtesy of Kenya Hope)

More than a half-million children need immediate food aid as severe drought grips Kenya. The other day, Kenya received a $1 million aid package from the United Kingdom to help alleviate starvation.

“There has been drought throughout the years, but they’ve gotten some reprieve, some rain, so things still grow and stuff; but this year, it’s not happening at all,” Joy Mueller of Kenya Hope says.

Typically, a shorter rainy season in October and November provides some sustenance, while “Kenya receives ‘big rains’ between March and May,” she continues. However, “normal” didn’t happen in 2021.

“Parts of the country have received no significant rains since last year in March.”

Kenya Hope is transforming lives through the Gospel of Christ with a holistic approach to children, families, and communities. More about that here. “We work mostly with the Masai people, and they are not as nomadic as they used to be, but they’re still pastoralists, meaning their whole living is dependent upon their livestock,” Mueller says.

The ministry provides food aid and the Bread of Life during difficult seasons like these. Now, for the very first time, “we bought food relief for the animals because it is a domino effect,” Mueller says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray God will send rain to the driest parts of Kenya, and provide much-needed relief to desperate communities.
  • Pray the Lord provides resources so Kenya Hope can supply partners with relief aid.
  • Pray believers’ tangible expressions of Christ’s love leads to Gospel conversations.
  • Pray Mueller and other Kenya Hope leaders will have wisdom and creative, out-of-the-box solutions. Hay and other food supplies for livestock are diminishing due to increasing demand.