Methodists make appeal for funds to address Kenya crisis

By staff writers
February 4, 2008

The Methodist Church and Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) in Britain have confirmed the initial amounts of financial aid they are sending to Kenya to support those suffering as a result of the ongoing conflict. They are also appealing for more contributions.

Methodist Relief and Development Fund is sending £6,300 directly to local partner RCDG, based in Nairobi’s Kibera slum district, one of the areas worst affected by the post-election violence.

Samantha Tuck, East Africa Programme Officer at MRDF, explains: “A major concern is that those on anti-retroviral treatment for HIV can’t get to clinics for drugs. They have to take those drugs with food, but cannot get that either."

RCDG points out that it is "ideally placed to deliver direct assistance to some of the most vulnerable and seriously affected people. With an MRDF humanitarian grant they will get medical care, food and bedding to 200 members of the community. We are pleased to have their help in channelling funds straight to where they are most needed.”

Further MRDF response will be made through ACT International, the international ecumenical church network, which is providing survival essentials for displaced people living in camps.

The Methodist Church in Kenya has called for £25,000 to help support those suffering because of the widespread violence. The Methodist Church in Britain is sending £10,000 straight away, but is appealing for donations to cover the remaining need.

Kevin Fray, World Church Africa Secretary, said: “The situation in Kenya is very hard to comprehend, but what we do know is that people are in desperate need of shelter and aid. At the moment, the best support we in Britain can offer is through our prayers and donations.”

More than 20 people have died in fresh violence in western Kenya since Friday's agreement by government and opposition on a framework peace plan.
Some were killed by police, others were hacked to death by gangs or shot with poisoned arrows.

A church was burnt down by youths near the Rift Valley town of Eldoret, reports the BBC.

The deal between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga aims to end bloodshed in the aftermath of December's disputed elections.

Donations to MRDF’s appeal for RCDG and ACT International can be made by credit card on 020 7224 4814, or by sterling cheque, payable to “MRDF (Kenya emergency)”, posted to MRDF, Methodist Church House, 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 6JR, UK.

Donations to the Methodist Church’s appeal for the Methodist Church in Kenya can be made at Taxpayers are encouraged to Gift Aid their donations where possible, adding a value of 28p on to every pound they give, at no extra personal cost.

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