Photos: Relief and big smiles in Kenya’s dry and thirsty land
Blogging live from Nairobi, Kenya
I’m here with representatives of Healing Hands International, a Nashville, Tenn.-based ministry that provides international relief and sponsors sustainable development initiatives.
We made a brief trip to the town of Lodwar in Kenya’s northwest region known as Turkana. The region, like much of East Africa, was hit hard by a recent drought and famine. (See our recent coverage of the food crisis.) Much of the media attention has centered on the Dadaab refugee camp near Kenya’s border with Somalia, but other communities, including those in Turkana, also have suffered greatly in recent months.
We delivered some food to villagers in a place called Nablon, which has endured a severe drought for the past three years. Ebenezer Udofia, a Healing Hands worker from Nigeria, has visited the village before. He told the people that the food was given out of love by Christians.
He also told them that he dreams of the day when such relief won’t be necessary. Near the village, plants are starting to grow in a garden that uses a technique called drip irrigation. Udofia taught a seminar on the technique in Turkana in October.
As we left Turkana, the Lord gave the people in this dry and thirsty land something we couldn’t provide — rain.
Here are a few photos from the visit.
FeedbackIt certainly causes my heart to give thanks to God, and to you, to know that necessary food is getting to people who desperately need it.
The pictures are great.Aaron HerrenDecember, 3 2011