Sr. Lucy, who led a team of three nuns to hand over their congregation’s donation also said they collaborated with Caritas Nairobi in identifying a needy parish within the Archdiocese.
Speaking to ACI Africa Saturday, May 9, the Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Mukuru, Fr. John Munjuri said the received food items will help feed 100 families for a week.
“We received a package to cater for 100 families. What they brought is an assortment of flour, sugar and soap and cooking oil. This package is supposed to try to take care of the family for one week,” Fr. John told ACI Africa.
“Some representatives of Caritas Nairobi and LSOSF came to our parish because they heard the appeal which was made by the KCCB Bishops, to reach out to the needy during this time,” he explained adding in reference to a feeding program by the parish, “through a representative of Caritas in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, the sisters came to learn about our program.”
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The Spiritan-run Parish organizes a feeding program under the auspices of the St. Vincent de Paul Group. Every Fridays, vulnerable families from the slums are identified and issued food parcels in the Church. The initiative is sustained by proceeds received from the offertory of Sunday Masses.
However, since public Masses were suspended in the East African country, the parish has been struggling with the weekly feeding program.
“We have this feeding program to reach out to them once in a week,” Fr. John said and explained, “We share the little that we have with them so that they can take care of themselves. Initially, this program was supported through the offertory on Sundays but now since the churches were closed, we have drained what we had collected and we no longer collect every Sunday.”
He added, “We have tried to reach out to individual people, calling people individually, telling them what the situation is and that is how we came in contact with Caritas Nairobi.”
Explaining the situation in the slum, the Spiritan Priest said, “It is bad. In Mukuru slum, the majority of the population depends on casual jobs. Now, since the pandemic and the restriction on movement, the families that were hiring them for jobs are no longer receiving them because of the lockdown, the fear that maybe they might be infected.”
He added, “People who were dependent on casual work are currently jobless and there are families who solely depended on them who can no longer feed their families.”
Amid the challenges, Fr. John encouraged the people of Mukuru to be hopeful.
“For the people of Mukuru, I urge them not to lose hope. To keep that hope that the situation will be better,” he said and assured, “As the people who are serving them, we are there to receive and to do what we can, to reduce their pain of the moment.”
Fr. John concluded with an appeal to other well-wishers saying, “I’m appealing to the people outside Mukuru, to those who have, that they can share the little they have during this time of the pandemic and this will help and even save lives of those who don’t have.”