Right after the post on Africa and business went up I received an email with this update from a contact at the hospital in Kenya. They are experiencing a severe drought and many adults and children are starving to death. Please pray for rain and for the people. If you want to you can click here to donate to Maua Methodist Hospital in Kenya. More information at their web site. I have seen them in action several times and can vouch that they do a fantastic job of helping the poorest of the poor in a very efficient way. Stanley Gitari (who wrote the email below) is one of the most amazing servants I have ever met. He has such a huge passion for helping people.
Dear friends of Maua Methodist hospital
Receive very warm greetings from Maua Methodist hospital team!
I do hope that this email finds everyone , well as we are here today in the hospital. We are well in the lord our God, we are truly thankful to our lord for his grace, mercy which has kept us going in the hospital up to now. Our hospital family, MCK churches and partner sponsored programs including the aids orphans feeding, giving hope and the Ndoleli/ Mutuati humanitarian emergency food aid response for the needy children in school and the elderly/adults people in these program targeted areas. The drought situation has been getting worse since you left, streams and rivers have almost dried completely! the green pastures land have turned in dust especially in the north of Meru north district(isiolo samburu etc) and the marginalized areas of the hospital catchment area-Ndoleli, Ugoti and lower Mutuati areas.nyambene synod is struck once again by the severe drought, animals are dying in large numbers and the people are at the verge of death. Boranas and Somalis from the neighboring northern districts brought their animals and have been grazing in the people’s farms. Provincial administration are forcing them out of our district so that the people can have the opportunity to prepare their land for planting in the near future, although the seeds for planting will also be a challenge for the majority poor
During the visit to Ndoleli and Mutuati by the MDUMC, the team witnessed a heartbreaking situation of lack of food and water in both communities, the team gave what they had to the starving children and some of the adults. At Ndoleli primary school the team was informed that the school had dropped the enrollment because children were looking for food. or were so weak to come to school
Right now as I write this letter, we are faced with a very serious life threatening drought and starvation due to lack of enough rains for the last few years(3 years) water catchment areas have all dried this has caused the country to ration electricity. The hospital is not spared by this either so this means we have to continue running the generators to keep the hospital and patient a life, this means very high cost for the hospital electricity bill. Poverty and lack of food is affecting the hospital operations indeed as all the patients are being admitted without money- no income is coming from any farm product as many people are not employed.
It is very sad thing to see every day on TV thousands of cows, goats and camels dying due to lack of water for drinking as the rivers have dried and grass or leaves to eat.
Maua Methodist hospital and development partners are reaching out to offer life saving relief food that is given to the guardians for the orphans and the school porridge at Ndoleli primary school.
This is a national crisis that requires concerted effort to avert further serious situation, urgent action by friends to alleviate the suffering of children and the adults is needed. It is now estimated that over 10million Kenyans are facing starvation and are at great risk of starving to death. . Kenya meat commission is buying the cow’s near death and many of them are just dying because they are very week. Food supplies are getting expensive and scarce and out of reach for many people.
We at Maua Methodist hospital and Kenya urge our friends to join us in prayer for the rains from the lord above and food for the families affected and especially the children
Grace and peace
Bush clinics: 2009 was a very special year, the hospital and the mission partners reached to the communities to treat disease and counsel those who wanted to know their HIV/Aids status- the camps were carried out in all corners of the hospital catchment areas in the wider old Meru north district. Over 700 patients were seen in these camps. Among the bush clinics were conducted by the ZOE- giving hope mission volunteers, Oregon team/Idaho, German town, Memorial drive UMC, Chappelwood UMC, Shalom outreach ,KeMu and Maua Methodist hospital. As cooperate and social responsibility the community benefitted as a result of this partnership. Many of the people served in these out reaches are the poor of the poor who would normally go for health care or are very far away
STANLEY GITARI IMUNYA COORDINATOR,CHD Mission Team Liaison
MAUA METHODIST HOSPITAL PO BOX 63 MAUA Tell. 0736-41 3000