Drought Relief Provided by the Kenya Covenant Church

Camels in Countryside

“The place is very dry. Camels are the means of transport in this region,” reported Pastor Simon Kamau, Moderator of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Kenya (ECCK) after his team returned from distributing $5,000 worth of corn, bean, rice and cooking oil to the Ndorobo people in Leparua village, Isiolo District NE of Mt. Kenya. The Ndorobo are a subset of the Turkana. Simon said they hardly saw any shelter where they distributed the food as the people had walked some distance to get to them. The relief effort was funded by Covenant World Relief’s (CWR’s) disaster relief program.


Food Distribution Set Up

Lady waiting

Simon described the area as having no communication network and even radio is a strange gadget to them. They only speak the local language and only one lady was able to translate from their language into Kiswahili.

Lady in line

There are few men since many lost their lives during cattle rustling while the remaining number are out looking for green pastures for their livestock.

Simon commented that their team responded to some funny questions by the group. “Where do you come from?” they were asked.

Little girl

Upon responding that he and his group of people were from Nairobi, a young woman who seemed more enlightened told them, “These are people from Kenya.” To them Kenya is another village. Children never attend schools and they use herbs for disease treatment. Without permission from trusted elders no one can access their dwellings. This is in fear of the ECCK being in a mission to investigate about their livestock. They value security more than anything else due to the consistent of attacks from their neighboring community.

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