Nairobi, 30 April, 2020 / 3:39 am (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the East African nation of Kenya are appealing for support to facilitate the realization of their collective initiative that seeks to assist those affected by COVID-19 pandemic, especially the most vulnerable, “including the 2.5 million people living in informal settlements.”
“The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) is appealing to all Christians, Partners and people of goodwill to support our emergency response initiatives to the COVID-19 pandemic in our Nation,” the Bishops appealed in their collective letter signed by KCCB Chairman, Archbishop Philip Anyolo.
In the letter, the Bishops explain that the emergency operation will provide at-risk population core relief items such as basic foodstuff, support to basic hygiene, hand washing and public health messaging.
According to the Bishops, an estimated 2.5 million population living in informal settlements will be hard hit by the pandemic, since the areas “are densely populated with inadequate household water and sanitation, little or no waste management, overcrowded public transport and limited access to formal health care facilities.”
Dated April 23 but only circulated on Wednesday, April 29, the three-page letter provides earlier statistics. Kenya has recorded at least 384 COVID-19 cases, 129 recoveries and 14 deaths.