Kenya Hope helps rural communities survive historic drought

By July 10, 2023

Kenya (MNN) — Above-average rainfall between March and May relieved drought-stricken Kenya, but challenges remain.

“They’re not out of the woods yet,” Kenya Hope’s Joy Mueller says.

“It’s going to take a little while for pastures to recover and for the food to grow again.”

The longest drought in recorded history left 4.4 million people in Kenya facing crisis levels of hunger or worse. Nearly three million livestock animals have perished, leaving families unable to buy food.

“A lot of sheep, goats, and cows have died; those are the people’s bank accounts,” Mueller says.

Kenya Hope helps people in rural communities survive another day through its feeding program. More about that here.

(Photo courtesy of Kenya Hope)

“We’ve been involved in a lot of food relief,” Mueller says.

“We’ve probably given our communities 12 tons of relief food since January just to help get them through this terrible drought season.”

Believers provide food aid in the name of Jesus. People have the energy to walk miles to church with a meal in their bellies. They can learn and grow in the Lord because they’re no longer starving and are not stressed about how to feed their children.

Support Kenya Hope’s feeding program here.

Spring rains gave hope – “Things are starting to turn green,” Mueller says – but new challenges test the resolve of every believer.

“Some animals have died [in] the rain because they’re in shock; they’re not used to the coldness of it,” she explains.

Pray the Lord of hope will help His followers endure this hardship in Kenya and trust Him to meet their daily needs.



Header and story images courtesy of Kenya Hope.