I arrived at Rapha Community Center this past Saturday. Normally, when I drive through the gates, I feel joy and pride in all the progress we have made since my last visit. Unfortunately, all of our accomplishments were overshadowed by the brown grass, dying trees, and empty fields where our maize crop usually stands tall. The drought that has plagued most of East Africa has hit our community hard. Our neighbors are farmers. They depend on healthy crops to feed their families. Without rain and access to water, everyone is suffering.
On a daily basis, we feed about 100 people including our children, students and staff. Maize is a staple in the Kenyan diet. You can’t find it anywhere, the shops are sold out. Prices of other foods increase on a daily basis. So what do we do? We can’t let our children starve. We depend on the donations of so many to care for the children at Rapha, and right now we are relying on the generosity of our supporters even more. We estimate that our food budget will increase by $1,000 per month until we are able to start growing our own food again. The solar pump for our well project will be installed soon, which will eliminate our dependence on the rainy season and allow us to be a water source for the surrounding community. But until then, we will need to purchase food at whatever the cost.
So far the volunteers who will arrive Friday have raised over $2,000 as part of the Countdown2Kenya campaign. This money will go towards food assistance, but we know that we need to raise more if we are going to feed our community through the rest of the year.
If there was ever a time to donate to HEAL, it’s now.
Every little bit will help.
Donate here: http://www.youcaring.com/countdown2kenya or mail checks payable to HEAL to
PO Box 452, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
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It truly does take a village, and together we are raising our world, one child at a time. Thank you!