Kenya’s power-sharing deal in the works, aid on the way

By March 13, 2008

Kenya (MNN) — Until the December elections, Kenya was one of the most stable countries in Africa. Global Aid Network's Charles Debter said it was "stable both from a standpoint of economy and just peaceful situation. There've been more than 1,000 people killed since the end of December. Up to 600,000 people have been displaced from their homes, running for their lives." 

The parliament is trying to speed up the ratification of the fragile power-sharing deal between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga. It is expected that two bills could be passed by early next week.

Global Aid Network is coming alongside their partners in the field in Kenya. The humanitarian situation is critical, with food being the number-one need. "So far, Global Aid Network has shipped six containers of aid, and we're planning to send an additional five large ocean-going containers, primarily food–up to a million meals of rice, soy food, and other emergency, ready-to-eat meals," reports Debter. Each container is 40 feet and altogether will provide 400,000 meals. 

Debter says the port at Mombasa has cleared, so the containers are now going into the country. GAiN still needs to raise support to send the other five containers. Every dollar given allows 28 dollars worth of aid to be sent out. There is $1.2 million worth of food in the remaining containers. $42,000 is needed for shipping. 

During the aid distributions, the JESUS Film is shown. It is an animated film based on the the Gospel according to Luke. "As people hear the truth of the Gospel and
respond, then they're able to be brought into churches or trained as new disciples of Christ. Follow-up continues from there," said Debter.

If you can help fund the shipment of much-needed containers, please go here.

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