One year on from the launch of our East Africa Crisis appeal, Bishop Anthony Muheria of the Diocese of Kitui in Kenya writes:
We have witnessed in these last five years the tremendous effects of drought in our region. This is not just the lack of sufficient rains for the crops, but even the lack of the basic necessity of clean drinking water for many of our people. We greatly appreciate the response of many of our partners, to address the emergency needs as well as to join us in addressing the long term solutions to scarcity of water, food shortages and related poverty issues.
To this end we wish to thank CAFOD, who have always been at our side in these difficult moments – specifically in the rainwater harvesting and livelihood programmes, which give a lease of life to many families who suffer a loss of livestock every season. The people are so grateful for the assistance, and on their behalf I extend this gratitude to all at CAFOD and all the benefactors. God bless you all!
We dream and look forward to a greater water security by furthering the idea of water harvesting, and hope we can continue to count on the partnership with CAFOD. To dream and imagine a greener and more food secure Kitui, where water accessibility will be a reality, and people living more humane lives, is to see part of our mission realised.
CAFOD has been with us and now wants to think and dream with us. We are very grateful. The challenge is that there is still such a wide area where we were not able to intervene, and we are still very much in an emergency. We pray to move gradually to more sustainable interventions to solve the never-ending drought problem.
Our people always give us a wonderful example of living Hope, in their resilience and determination not to be put down by these adversities. If we could be able to tap into this resilience and determination, we would be in a position to carry out amazing works and programmes. Above all this is a witness of their Faith and Trust in God. What is most striking is the spirit of solidarity that they themselves exhibit: having little or almost nothing, they are ready to reach out to those most needy around them. A true example of Communion of the Saints and true Christian Solidarity and Charity. This is indeed the same spirit we experience with our brothers and sisters in England and Wales thorough the collaboration of CAFOD.