Many Kenyans have been undergoing a difficult period with some losing their jobs and others having to close their businesses because of Covid-19. Worse still, there is a group of people that had to endure sleeping outside when their houses were demolished in an area in Nairobi called Kariobangi and others losing their property in the process.
The Society reached out to some of the vulnerable people in Kariobangi affected by the demolitions and provided food packs to 17 families in May 2020. Later, with the partnership of ‘A Hand of Friendship organization, the Society gave food packs to five more families.
Most of the affected families did not have prior knowledge of the planned demolitions nor did they have an idea of a vacation notice. This came as a surprise to them hence very little could be salvaged in their homes. Seeing that they were unprepared for this, most of the families did not have savings that could enable them to look for alternative accommodation or to get rental houses elsewhere. They therefore had to pitch tents or spend the nights out in the cold.
It is sad to note that spending the night outside was risky and exposed them to higher risk. One lady that we spoke to tearfully narrated how she was gang-raped by three men who ambushed her where she was spending the night outside. Many are the untold stories filled with pain, but we pray and hope that the Lord will grant them peace even as they work towards rebuilding their lives afresh.
Bible Society of Kenya through the assistance of Trauma Healing facilitators, will reach to the affected families to offer spiritual and psychosocial support. It is our hope that these families will find hope and encouragement in the Lord who is the only one who can rescue his children from trouble.
We thank our friends and supporters who gave generously towards this cause to help the vulnerable families. May the Lord richly bless you.