FIRST TOO LITTLE, THEN TOO MUCH: FAMINE AND FLOOD IN KENYA - AN UPDATE

A few months ago, we reported to you on terrible famine conditions in Kenya due to ongoing severe drought. In a cruelly ironic turn, in the late spring, torrential rains and flooding made the famine crisis even worse. Week of Compassion partner, Church World Service, reports that over 300,000 people along the Tana River in Kenya were affected by floods, and the death toll was 118. While you may think that rain would be a blessing to drought-plagued areas, too much rain in too little time on soil that has been so hardened and baked under the relentless sun (which cannot, therefore, absorb water) leads to devastating runoffs and rivers that overflow their banks.

 Photo: Church World Service

Photo: Church World Service

In hardest-hit Tana River County, over 12,000 households lost a total of almost $4 million dollars’ worth of crops. Aided by your gifts to Week of Compassion, Church World Service is leading the response to the flooding in Tana River County. Together, we are serving 910 households -- or nearly 7,300 people -- as they temporarily reside in camps on higher ground. Those driven from their homes by the floods receive food kits containing maize, rice, beans, cooking oil, and three water containers per household member. Clean water (and safe sanitation facilities) are also a essential priorities for these displaced folks, and Church World Service has made available water purification systems to every household, along with community water tanks and mobile toilets.

 

  Photo courtesy of Church World Service

Photo courtesy of Church World Service

Behind each of these statistics is a family threatened by disease and hunger. Your gifts to Week of Compassion give families relief from those fears and hope for the future.

Thank you for your continuing generosity.

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