Drought crisis continues – Impact is high

In its 27 February, 2017 Press Release, the Kenya Meteorological Department of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources indicated that the outlook for the seasonable long rains in March-April-May is not good and depressed rainfall will continue.  This is expected over the most of the country and especially the eastern regions.

The impact on agriculture will continue to be severe.  The press release said, “Food security is expected to deteriorate over most parts of the country and more so the northern areas of Kenya.”  Increased malnutrition, cholera, and malaria are possible.  A fourteen year old girl died and “115 hunger stricken villagers” (Daily Nation) were taken ill after a meal of dead camel meat after not having eaten in several weeks.

How is this impacting our Missions?

“By God’s grace and mercy, our missions are not experiencing starvation,” said Fr. Silouan (Brown), Director and Chairman of the Board of Orthodox Africa.  However, “with inflation hitting an 11-month high at 6.9%” (Daily Nation) the cost of food is astronomical.

How can you help?

First of all, pray.  Prayer is key to all help from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  During this Lenten period, as you fast and give alms, consider donating to Orthodox Africa.  Every dollar helps alleviate the burden of each mission.

-Athanasia Ellmore


Sources: 

Republic of Kenya-Min. of Environment & Natural Resources-State Dept. of Environment-Kenya Meteorological Dept., Reference # KMD/FCST/5-2017/SO/01.  13 February 2017.

Andae, Gerald. Expect Less Rain This Year, Met warns.  Daily Nation, 24, February 2017, p 11.

Fraudulent Ministries

Sadly it has recently come to our attention that people who are not connected with Saint Barnabas’s Orthodox Orphanage and School) are falsely claiming that they are. Please protect yourself by only donating through www.orthodoxmissionkenya.org or orthodoxafrica.org these are the only two places in which we at Orthodox Africa can ensure that your donations are going to the charity of your choice.

Great Blessings for St. Irene’s Orthodox Mission Center

Dear friends of Orthodox Africa,

It is with joy and thanksgiving that we announce that a major need for transportation has been filled by the grace of God’s compassion. Through the help of your kind donations,  Fr. Constantinos Muthiru of St. Irene Orthodox Mission Center, reports he has been able to move forward with the purchase of a van to use as a mission vehicle! It took much time and effort in prayer and in saving money, but the children will now be able to be taken to hospital when they are sick and to have safe transportation to and from school and church.

Mobility can be a daunting prospect from day to day for the many children benefiting from the existence of these missions. A reliable vehicle is an enormous blessing to the large spiritual family served by St. Irene Mission Center!  We are extremely grateful for all of you who donate, pray, and volunteer with us at Orthodox Africa, and we look forward to continuing to participate with God in the working of His will in all our lives through laboring together!

With our sincere gratitude and love in Christ,
The Team at Orthodox Africa