Hope through Education

Please support our urgent appeal to provide
food for the children at St Peter's Schools

£67 will feed 300 children for 1 day. £5 will feed 3 children for 7 days.

St Peter's Schools, Kajuki are situated in North East Kenya. Rains and local crops have failed, resulting in a quadrupling of food prices, which puts unbearable pressure on the already fragile voluntary-donation budget of the schools. Fr Joe, the founder of the schools reports:

'Famine and drought impact is scaring, it is killing both people and animals...So far, £1,000 can feed 300 children for 15 days'.

Please text DOSH44 £2 / £5 / £10 to 70070 (eg DOSH44 £5). It's that easy!*

St Peter's Life-Line has provided emergency funds for urgent food, securing a basic diet of maize and beans for the 340 children at St Peter's. With further emergency funds urgently needed, we are asking you to support our 'Dosh4Nosh' appeal. Through your generosity we hope to secure enough food for the children at school and then further our efforts into the local community, where many vulnerable families simply have no food.

Fr Joe has a very clear aim: to establish a self-sustaining community. St Peter's Life-Line will be supporting this with a longer term joint plan to establish an irrigation system enabling the school to grow their own crops. In the meantime, this community desperately needs food and every penny you give will make a difference.

Yet again Kenya faces an impending drought and the drylands are already bearing the brunt. Around 3 million people are currently affected and it is likely the situation will get worse over the coming months. Water and pasture is already in short supply – and as livestock get weaker and their market value decreases pastoralists have less income to buy food. Malnutrition is rising as families skip meals and weak cattle are unable to produce vital milk. Families are withdrawing children from school as they migrate with their cattle to find water.

Why does a regular and predictable event like drought lead to disaster?

It's because too often the response and the media coverage comes too late – after disaster has already struck when people are hungry and cattle are dying – rather than addressing the issues that make people vulnerable in the first place. Exacerbated by a changing climate drought is currently inevitable in Kenya. However it is not inevitable that people starve and thousands of animals die as a result.[3]

2011 is the driest period in the Eastern Horn of Africa since 1995.

Following the failure of the late 2010 rains, large parts of the region are facing a potentially severe drought, with no likelihood of improvement until early 2012.

2.4 million Kenyans are affected by the crisis. Parts of northeast Kenya have received just 10% of the usual rainfall[1] and Kenya has declared the drought a national disaster. Maize prices have increased by 60 – 80 percent and with the next rains anticipated in October 2011 at the earliest[2], poor households are likely to remain in food crisis for some months.

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[1] Oxfam 2011 More information, [2] Famine Early Warning System Network, June 2011 More information, [3] Oxfam's East Africa Blog 2011.