Christians Respond to Community Needs as Coronavirus Cases Climb in Kenya

A recent recipient of food aid. (Photo courtesy Kenya Hope)

Kenya currently has the third-highest number of COVID-19 infections in East Africa, and cases keep rising. To meet corresponding community needs, Christian workers adapt as strict lockdown measures continue. More coronavirus coverage here.

“The situation in Kenya is really quite difficult…several of the districts, four of them, are in complete lockdown, meaning police are blocking the roads so people cannot leave,” Joy Mueller of Kenya Hope says.

Kenya Hope partners with local churches to care for vulnerable groups in remote communities. Right now, they’re helping rural Kenyans survive day-to-day.

Partner with Kenya Hope here to provide a two-week supply of food and essentials.

Food is hard to find throughout Kenya. As described here, food scarcity was a major problem before the pandemic started, and now it’s even worse. If people can locate food, most can’t afford to buy what’s on the shelves.

Pandemic restrictions closed many local markets, Mueller says, so farmers and villagers cannot sell their produce or cattle. “Their cattle are their bank accounts, so without a way to sell them, then they don’t have money to go buy food,” she explains

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for encouragement for partnering pastors. Pray for creativity to shepherd their congregations wisely amid pandemic restrictions.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen and sustain vulnerable communities in rural Kenya.
  • Pray for funding to maintain this food aid program.