Ndoleli Humanitarian Relief Program
Ndoleli (pronounced “doleli”) is a scattered community of approximately 2,500 people just north of Maua, Kenya. It is predominately a Christian community.
Ndoleli is dying – particularly the children – particularly the younger ones. Ndoleli has had no rain for the last 6 growing seasons. No rain means no harvest, and no harvest means no food. Ndoleli is literally starving to death.
Any cattle they owned have long since dropped dead in the parched fields – now the children are dying, they bury at least four every week. Their school of 400 students closed because there was no more oats to make porridge, the daily diet for every child who goes to school.
Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (MDUMC) has been going to the Maua, Kenya area since 2004 and knows the region very well. MDUMC has been working through the Maua Methodist
Hospital during the entire time and has seen the amazing outreach programs the Hospital has managed over the years. Last month a mission team from MDUMC visited Ndoleli and saw for themselves the ravages of famine.
There is nothing in the world like it; the dead corn stalks lying in the red dust, the stunted trees with withered, brown crisp leaves; people like walking skeletons – children with pot-bellies due to lack of protein. Any medical ravages like HIV, TB, Malaria, which are like plagues in Kenya, pale alongside the scourge of starvation.
The team gave every dollar they had to provide immediate relief and it probably kept 20 children alive for a month and they resolved that on return to Texas they would raise enough money to reopen the school and save Ndoleli. The infrastructure needed to save Ndoleli is in place.
Maua Methodist Hospital (MMH) has an extensive outreach program and is fully equipped to manage the relief program and will thus insure that 100% OF THE FUNDS RAISED will go to feeding the children and their families. The food sources are identified, the controls are established and the immediate distribution systems are in place and waiting – waiting for someone to buy food.