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Update: Drought in Kenya

You may have seen in the news recently about the developing situation in Kenya. We’ve been heartbroken to learn that more than 2.1 million people are affected because of a below-average harvest owing to the lack of rainfall, leading to drought conditions. This number is expected to rise to nearly 2.4 million people in November if the rains don’t come in October. As a result, families and communities, primarily across northern and eastern Kenya, are facing acute food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, pests and diseases have also contributed to this situation.

On 8 September, the president of the Republic of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster, and the National Government have been instructed to spearhead efforts to assist the affected households, including water, food distributions and support for farmers.

 

Compassion's Response

Compassion is currently assessing the situation to respond effectively. Our church partners are ideally placed to help distribute aid and support those most vulnerable.

As of 5 October, our church partners in Kenya are assessing the need and supporting Compassion sponsored children living in the area. We'll get in touch with sponsors if there are individual updates to share.

 

Prayer Points

  • Please pray that God would provide the rain needed to sustain the families who would be severely impacted in a drought.
  • Pray that the Government and our church partners can provide aid and support for those who desperately need it.

Father God, we pray for our brothers and sisters in Kenya.
God, we ask that you quench the land in Kenya, that you would send life-giving rain.
We pray for government leaders to receive great strength and wisdom as they seek to help people in great need.
Lord, you are merciful and mighty.
In Jesus' name, amen.

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