|Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Diocese of Maseno South has projected to feed 250 families as it launches its food donation to the vulnerable group in the society.|
The Diocese Rt. Rev. Charles Ong’injo says the suffering of people is enormous and it is prudent to help where necessary.Ong’injo says there is plenty of food being distributed across the country but nothing is reaching the vulnerable people.
He says that as a church they felt to mobilize funds within its jurisdiction to give out to alleviate hunger among the people.“We feel the pain when some of us are suffering and cannot live a decent life and get basic items such as food hence the drive to give these donations,” said Ong’injo.
Each family is set to receive 8kg of maize flour, 2kg of rice, 2kg of beans, 1kg sugar and two bars of soap.
Speaking at the church compound behind Kisumu Central police station where he gave out food to a number of families, Ong’injo noted that it was important for them as a church to use what they had before they go out to seek more assistance.
The first 144 batch of families received the donation as Ong’injo promises to continue mobilizing funds from the church members to reach out to more family members.“We have just started the journey and should we get more, we will be able to reach a bigger number,” Ong’injo noted.
The bishop also called on people across the country to extend a helping hand to people living near them as a show of care and love.
George Collins, the Director of Transform Empowerment Action who contributed toward the initiative, noted that they were delighted to join hands to support the cause.
“We have given cash amounting to Sh. 5,000, which will go towards purchase of food stuff to be distributed to the people, and that is our contribution,” he said.
Those who benefited from the donation hailed the initiative by the church. “I have been an ardent believer in this church since 1950s and the church has helped me a lot,” said Mama Phoebe Oluoch.
Madam Oluoch was among the first families to benefit from the donation that was handed over to them by Rt. Rev. Ong’injo.
The church got support from their sponsored schools, Mother’s Union, the Youth and Anglican Development Services (ADS). The food stuff was flagged as a team of church official accompanied them to be distributed to the people while maintaining social distancing.