Thank you to all of you who supported Messiah's Children Rescue and Life Center
during our time of crisis. Your generosity ensured that our children received an
adequate supply of water and food while we waited for the rainy season to begin.
On behalf of Overseer Patrick Kimaiyo, the children and staff of MCRLC, and myself,
Our Kenyan Children in Danger as Drought Threatens
Messiah's Children Rescue and Life Center
Dear friends, on behalf of Pastor Patrick Kimaiyo and the 300 children he oversees, Thank you for your continued spiritual and material support.
Our Kenyan children now face the most dire challenge since the anarchic civil war that rocked the nation in 2008. Kenya is currently suffering from a severe drought which impacts more than 11 million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia alone, and 39 million across a large swath of Africa.
Bread and Water: Our Situation
The Kenyan government has declared a national emergency. It is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain corn, the mainstay of the Kenyan diet, and prices are skyrocketing. A couple of weeks ago, Patrick and I decided it would be prudent to purchase as much corn as we could before prices go through the ceiling. It was a wise move, but it will only hold us for a short time.
For the first time in thirteen years, we now face a critical shortage of drinking water. Our well has run
dry, and we are having to purchase potable water from local vendors.
I am preparing to ship my Katadyn personal filtration pump and a supply of chlorine tablets to Patrick so that he can use water from the Nzoia river - until it dries up. The Katadyn will process up to 13,000 gallons pumping, one quart per minute, by hand.
Call for Help
The long rainy season lasts from March until May and is predicted to be poor this year, creating further hardship for Kenyans and their grazing livestock.
Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to send $800 per month. This covered the bare basics for our children: 2 meals per day, a little medicine, and a pittance of a salary for 15 teachers, a cook, and a custodian.
We are up against the wall, like never before. With food in short supply, Patrick will need to travel farther and pay more to meet the needs of the orphans in his care.
We are praying that our Father in Heaven will send willing hearts our way who can help us bear this burden and see these children through this life-threatening crisis.
You may donate through our website mckenya.org, or by sending a check or money order to me. Email Flying_Torah_Brothers@yahoo.com for my address.
Thank you for your help, it really does make a difference.
Andrew Harmon & Patrick Kimaiyo