The following update was adapted from a letter written by Dan Kariuki in appreciation of Rosedale International’s Global Relief contributions to Turkana. If you would like to learn more about this initiative or support its ongoing efforts around the world, please visit: rosedaleinternational.org/global
I pray this finds you well in the Lord.
I am from Nairobi, Kenya, and serve as the team leader for Transform Communities Initiative, a community-based organization that assists vulnerable people groups in our area and reaches out to brothers and sisters in prison and supports them during their re-entry.
I have been involved in outreach to Turkana in northwest Kenya since 2011. In March of 2017, we launched Uji Programs which provides a weekly cup of porridge to children who attend Sunday School in the area. Due to the prolonged drought and hunger in the region, children show up every Sunday in large numbers. Currently, we are serving about 2,000 children each week from 17 different churches around Kakuma.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only made the suffering and hunger more severe in the region. Restrictions on business and travel have caused shortages of maize and sorghum – which are the main meals in Turkana – and the prices have risen to a point where very few can afford them. The support we received from Rosedale International was surely God-sent and timely, and allowed us to distribute needed provisions to these people.
With your support, we were able to buy 1,686 pounds of maize flour and equip pastors from five different churches to carry out the distribution by motorcycle. The provisions were delivered to villagers according to their needs and family size. So far, 753 people from 120 households were able to see the hand of God provide for them and their families.
May the Lord richly bless all who facilitated this and may you never grow weary of doing good.
Kind regards, for Him and His glory!