The Diocese of Chichester recently received an urgent request for help from one of its Companion Diocesan Links in Africa.
Revd Canon Ian Hutchinson Cervantes, World Mission Officer and Rector of Nuthurst and Mannings Heath writes:
“The Diocese of Nakuru, with whom we have enjoyed close links for almost 50 years, covers a huge region made up of some 16 Parishes with more than 94 congregations. At its northern end is Baringo County, a semi-arid region populated by traditional nomadic tribes whose pastoralist life-style and culture are threatened by drought.
“The Diocese of Chichester’s Overseas Council has approved an emergency grant of GBP 5,000. This will be sent directly to the Diocese of Nakuru which, in partnership with the Anglican Church of Kenya’s Development Services, will buy and distribute foodstuff and other essential supplies to the drought affected areas.
“The number of households affected by drought can reach 5000 with the figure increasing daily. The emergency aid will assist with funds to reduce human death and suffering.
“I am grateful to the Diocesan Overseas Council for approving the emergency sum of GBP 5,000 which is just under half the total amount requested.”
Baringo County is frequently affected by drought and famine leading to human and livestock loss. The county has not received adequate rainfall for the last two years leading to human death, human migration, and human–wildlife conflict and inter-tribal wars. The situation worsened in October 2016 when the county did not receive any rain as expected in the short rains season. The communities are more vulnerable to drought because of their heavy reliance on livestock as their own source of livelihood.
There have been confirmed reports of community members resorting to wild (and in most cases poisonous) fruits for food. Most of the dry water pans are already contaminated by animal carcasses which die around water points due to hunger, exhaustion, heat and disease.
Please keep the diocese of Nakuru and all our companion dioceses in your prayers