The U.S. media hasn’t given it much attention but Kenya is in a severe drought that is affecting thousands. The media in Kenya, however, is sounding the alarm begging for help in this disastrous famine. Having no rain for over a year, food and water are almost non-existent in many of the rural villages. PMM-Kenya missionary Jo (last name withheld for security reasons) made this recent report:
The ravaging draught in Garissa is threatening the life of the community. Some, especially the old, as shown in the media cannot walk unless they are supported. Due to this shortage of food, children are malnourished and cannot even swallow solid food because they have not eaten for days. Some are barely able to come to school and when they do come, they dose off on the floor because of both heat and hunger.
For the past one year or so, no rain had been forth coming in this region. A significant number of livestock have died so far. The most vulnerable groups like children, mothers and the old are faced with a lot of challenges in not knowing where they can access food. On the main highway to Garissa, you will meet children lining up on the road just asking for a drop of water. High temperatures are the order of the day and dehydration threatens the lives of young children.
As a result of this severe draught, the community faces shortages of food and water and their health has deteriorated drastically. This is an appeal for funds so as to purchase foodstuff such as rice, beans, porridge flour, sugar, cooking oil, salt and water to save lives. We are targeting the school children we have been visiting and their families surrounding them.
PMM Inc. plans to send financial help to PMM-Kenya for the next three months to help purchase food and water, and to help construct a water reservoir in the village. The efforts will be aimed at Garissa initially, since we have Jo and associates working there regularly.
PMM Inc. needs your help to do this. Should the Lord lead you to join us, please mark your gifts for “Kenya Drought Relief” and mail to Palm Missionary Ministries, Inc., 1315 Campo Sano Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33146-1165,