Greetings from a very hot and dry East Pokot.
Wishing you all a very happy New Year. The School officially re-opens on January 5th 2015.
We are very worried as to our future, we are still in a drought just over a year now, only a few erratic showers can be counted over the past 12 months.
People’s livelihoods have suffered as many lost their animals to the hot sun and little or no fodder. For the pastoralist community this spells disaster as the animals are the back bone of the economy.
This drought, severe, was followed by a Police Operation and during this violent activity shops were destroyed, cattle were shot dead in the field and many other unpleasant things happened. It was almost as if the Security Forces wanted to finish the already suffering economy.
Our County is Baringo, our sub-county is East Pokot. Baringo County was among a number of Counties which returned vast sums of money to the Treasury this year 2014. In the height of famine, money had not been budgeted for the disaster and therefore had to be returned. This is very frustrating for donors, people of good will and for us/me as missionaries who live under harsh conditions.
It is my prayer that children will return to Barpello High School on 5/1/15. We have been hit badly.
Hoping 2015 will bring blessings to you all and to us.
Sincerely, Fr David.”
Fr David tells me that the immediate need is for sponsorship for students’ fees. I will be in touch shortly with those members of the Pound a Week Group who are already sponsoring a student about their 2015 fees, but if anyone would like to start sponsoring a student please get in touch with me. The 2015 fees are £350 for the year but if that is more than you can afford, perhaps you might join with another member of the Pound a Week Group to sponsor a student. Alternatively you might like to make a donation of whatever you can afford to help Fr David with school fees.