Thanks to your generous giving, Mocha Club was able to send half of the funds to help with famine relief in Kitui, Kenya. This is the same place where we are supporting a group of orphans, and several of the orphans and their caretakers were included in the famine distribution.
As you can see from the photos below,
the corn was all withered by drought since the seasonal rains have been missing for quite some time. There are dried crops everywhere…
Mocha Club and African Leadership donors have helped provide maize and cooking oil for a number of families in the area until June, to help them get through the dry season. For the orphans, “family” is extended family, and can mean anything from grandmothers to aunts uncles or friends.
Here is a report on the initial famine distribution from our National Director in Kenya, Benson Mutisya:
Thank you for sending the balance of the relief funds. We had a very successful distribution last week for two days. With the help of the local chief and the church leadership were able to identify the most needy cases in the location. But in every center we had almost double the number who turned up expecting to get something. The need is overwhelming and people are in great need. About 23 families with small children camped overnight at my home gate hoping to get any left overs, but there was none. I had to speak to them in the morning and promised to consider them when I return in two weeks time. Those who received thanked God for sending help from the U.S. when the times are so hard. Some commented that this was the most organized and orderly distribution ever, where there were no nepotism or favoritism by the officials. The chief appreciated the efforts of African Leadership to the community in her location.
Please convey the most sincere appreciation from the recipients who said, “May God bless you for your love and kindness to people you don’t know, yet you care about them”.