Kenya has been experiencing extreme drought conditions in recent months that has led to people facing severe hunger.
The lack of rain has led to lack or low food production and displacement of people in some communities where families who are forced to move in search of water and pasture.
Bible Society of Kenya has responded to this situation by providing food baskets to 105 households in two areas in Kajiado County that have been adversely affected by the hunger situation. Sadly, many families have lost their sources of livelihood due to the prolonged drought and this has contributed to many families struggling to put food on the table. The loss of cattle has greatly affected not only the physical well-being of the community, but it has also taken an emotional toll on many of them, leading to trauma and depression.
As we distributed the food in Kajiado, we came across a sad story of a family that had lost their last cow that same week. The man of the house could not take the loss and he immediately got mentally sick. It was indeed sad to see how much this had affected the family, seeing that he was the breadwinner of the family, and the wife was living with a disability hence she could not go out to look for food. We met a gentleman who lost 54 cows while another one lost 224 cows. These are just a few examples of the vast effects of drought in Kajiado. The team from BSK prayed for the families and gave them food baskets.
We are grateful for the partners that have come on board to support us in kind buy availing foodstuff to be given to the most affected. Members from the Nyakio AIC Church in Nyandarua County were also touched by the famine situation in Kajiado and felt the urge to extend a helping hand to their fellow Kenyans. They donated vegetables, potatoes, and maize flour for the affected families. Other donations were received from well-wishers, members, and friends of BSK.
In addition to food, BSK gave New Testaments to the families so that they can be reading with their families.
We thank all our donors for their generosity and kindness. Our prayer is that there will be adequate rainfall so that our farms will produce abundant food.