The Spiritans have secured two emergency grants, each to the value of €15,000, from Misean Cara for support to pastoralist and farmer families in Kenya who have been affected by recent flood damage. The floods follow El Niño rains that began in early November and which have now affected a number of countries in east Africa.
In Tana River County some 650 males and 850 females will benefit from the provision of aid (food and non-food items) and training on nutrition, water, hygiene and sanitation while the response in Wenje to the situation of c.1,000 families includes evacuation by motor-boat, the provision of medical care to those affected by water-borne diseases or malaria, and the establishment of collective farming zones away from inundated or at-risk areas.
Wenje – the mission base of Fr. Fredrick Elima Wafula C.S.Sp. who had attended a preparedness meeting co-organized by Kenya’s National Disaster Management Unit and who is pictured salvaging what he can after flood waters filled the Spiritan residence – was among many places badly affected by the flooding. As elsewhere, the mission is facing massive repairs, and the threat of both waterborne diseases and displaced crocodiles.+