Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) – “We will reach out to many other places because the generosity of our people has so far made us to be convinced that the jar will not go empty nor the jug of oil will run dry (1Kings 17:14)”, said the Archbishop of Kisumu, His Exc. Mgr. Philip Anyolo, praising the delivery of food and basic necessities to the victims of the floods that hit his archdiocese.
The items that included maize flour, a packet of sugar, green grams, beans and beddings were donated by Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna among other well-wishers and distributed by Caritas Kisumu personnel to over 400 households affected by floods in Nyando and Nyakach Sub-Counties.
Archbishop Anyolo said that the Archdiocese will identify and support other needy families affected by COVID–19 pandemic in Kisumu and Siaya Counties, and called on members of the public and well-wishers “to support the initiative to ease the burden of those adversely hit by the negative economic impact of Coronavirus”.
Archbishop Anyolo said Coronavirus pandemic has led to shutdown of businesses and loss of jobs, making it difficult for several families in the Country to put food on the table.
Most Rev. Anyolo who is also the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) said the Church is committed in giving hope to the hopeless by donating foodstuff during the time that the government is grappling to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
The Archbishop commissioned a response team led by Caritas Director Rev. Fr. Samuel Nyattaya, to advise the Archdiocese on how to promptly respond to emergencies that may emerge as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 6/5/2020)