I just heard from classmate and friend Qampicha Wario, who was recently named Bishop of Marsabit, Kenya. Before becoming Bishop, Qampicha founded and directed the building of a school named Tumaini in Northern Kenya that welcomes both Christian and Muslim students and provides an opportunity for education for children of families who could not otherwise afford it — both boys and girls.
Qampicha’s diocese is currently experiencing extreme drought and famine conditions. He recently wrote to his friends in the States:
Friends, Marsabit Diocese is situated in the vast arid and semi arid region of northern Kenya. This area normally receives two season between March and June (normally long rain) and between September and November (Short rain). This year we received very little rain and no rain in some areas. There was no harvest from the farm. The short rain has failed and the area is hard hit with drought. The livestock are dying for lack of pasture and people are starving for lack of food. Over eighty percent of people in Northern Kenya depend on livestock for their livelihood. Now that the livestock are dying people’s livelihood is cut and a climate of despair hangs over the villages. Most people have no money to buy food, there are no market for emaciated and dying animals. For some communities, water sources at some boreholes are far away and people walk long distances and wait for hours to fetch water. The prices of food has gone up and out of reach for the already vulnerable communities who have no reliable source of income.
As I write the drought situation in northern Kenya has been declared a disaster.
The church is expected to intervene and alleviate human suffering. But we are financially incapacitated to help.
Please pray with us for God’s provision and intervention….
To read the full text of Qampicha’s letter click here. Please pray for the people of Kenya, both young and old, and for the survival of their animals. And if you are able to help financially please do so – there is a link at the bottom of Qampicha’s letter.
Thank you! ❤