Church launches bid to collect donations for starving Kenyans in Kerio Valley amid security operation

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James Cullen of the Friends of Harbinger’s( The Home of Mission) in Eldoret./Photo James Gitaka

Touched by the plight faced by hundreds of households who are staring
at death due to the effects of drought in the North Rift region, a
group of volunteers have come up with an initiative aimed at
cushioning them from hunger.The volunteers who collate under the umbrella of Friends of
Harbinger’s( The Home of Mission) in Eldoret is led by James Cullen
and pastor Susan MwangiCullen.The initiative has attracted support from scores of well-wishers among
them  prominent farmers,individuals, business community and
non-governmental organizations.Speaking to the media in Kaptagat area today, Cullen said they have so
far received a consignment of more than 50 bags of maize, several
bales of clothes, cooking oil, beans and blankets to support and reach
the unreached with the gospel of Christ.”Our target areas are mainly Baringo, West Pokot, Turkana, South Sudan
and Nuba mountains among others to save the vulnerable households from
starving to death,” said Cullen.

He said that in response, more people from across the country and
abroad were ready and willing to do whatever little they have, to
alleviate the hunger stricken families through the initiative.

“We are just happy with the overwhelming support that we are receiving
in the form of foodstuff, money, clothes and donation of trucks to
help transport the consignment to affected areas,” added Cullen.

Describing the pitting drought in the targeted counties as severe,
Cullen said that not all the people who live in Pokot Baringo and
Turkana which bore the brunt of deadly insecurity are criminals.

“We are targeting school children, women and the elderly in the
distribution of the foodstuff and other items as they are the most hit
by pitting hunger due to lack of rain,” said Cullen.

According to Pastor Susan MwangiCullen, they also plan through the noble
initiative to focus on sustainable income generating projects for the
affected communities.

The move, Mwangi stated, was aimed at ensuring the vulnerable
households were not dependent on relief food donations whenever the
region is hit by drought and other calamities.

Rev George Odero and Pst Peter Ombuya are part of the noble Mission being led by James Cullen.

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