IPA Kenya partner with SDA Church on Feeding Programme

07 Jun 2020

kenyapartner1The month of April was an extremely difficult month for most residents of Nairobi City, particularly for those living in the slum areas. Most casual labourers found themselves without jobs, as many businesses closed down operations. Parents were finding it increasingly difficult to provide for their children. The young children in these areas were faced with certain starvation, and something needed to be done rather urgently.

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Newlife Nairobi, has a long history of intervention in slums in the form of provision of food items and clothing to the neediest of cases. In ordinary situations, the families would be visited at their residences, and on other occasions they would visit the church to collect the rations. The Covid-19 situation has created greater need, and therefore more families that require support. It is in these circumstances that the International Police Association Kenyan Section joined in a partnership with the church to provide food and sanitary items.

The last three weeks has seen IPA members bring together resources enough for 200 family packs valued at about USD 3,000. Each family pack comprises maize flour, wheat flour, cooking oil, beans, rice, salt, detergent and bread. Upon delivery, the church workers embark on a door-to-door delivery using the church van. 

Speaking on the occasion of handing over the items, the Senior Pastor, Dickson Kateeti, quoted from the Bible:‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in’, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me’ ‘Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’ When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? ‘When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ ‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Pastor Kateeti thanked the President of IPA Kenya for the good work that the Association is doing across the country to bring hope, and to all individual IPA members for their generosity. The IPA Kenya President in response thanked the church for standing with the needy in society when the country is facing such an unprecedented pandemic. Mr. Osur said that he was impressed by the arrangements put in place by the church to ensure that the donations only reach the most deserving cases. 

Jared Ojuok, Secretary General IPA Kenya