I’m sure you’ve been following the news about the terrible drought and famine in East Africa. While this is truly a tragic situation, it is also true that generous people all over the world, including our own supporters, have stepped forward to supply relief. To you, we say thanks.
As you may know, the area affected is called the Horn of Africa, which includes the countries of Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Of these, Operation Eyesight works in Kenya where our partners – Kitale, Narok and Moi hospitals – deal with patients who must be fed before they can be operated upon. They are too weak otherwise.
These are not refugees from bordering countries, but Kenyans struggling to see and to survive. This has put an enormous additional strain on these hospitals – they asked for help and we, in turn, asked for your help.
Because Operation Eyesight is not a disaster relief organization, this appeal was an unusual one. But that hasn’t stopped our donors from responding enthusiastically.
Our goal is $60,000 to buy basic food staples – maize, beans, corn flower – as well as drugs and supplies to help people coming to the hospitals who are weakened by famine. These will be distributed with the help of local people and groups.
The first transfer of funds between Canada and Kenya has just taken place, and our friends at Kitale, Narok and Moi hospitals are thrilled to be able say, “Food is on the way!” Remember that the people who will benefit from the food and medical care are only now feeling the full effect of the famine, so these relief efforts will continue for some time.
Thank you for helping the people of Kenya, and don’t hesitate to respond to this appeal today, if you haven’t already done so. Thanks again for your generosity!