A Rotary club has been able to help people struck by famine in Kenya by joining up with a UK charity.
Grantham Kesteven Rotary Club’s international charity, Trade-Aid has been working with a UK charity with local links called the Friends of Kianjai, Kenya. This charity has been substantially funded and supported by the community in Grantham through the efforts of its chairman, Caroline Newton.
Through Trade Aid’s work with this charity, Grantham Kesteven Rotarians heard of famine caused by two crop failures in the Kianjai area due to drought. A total of 1,200 families were without seed to plant for the next harvest and were facing starvation.
An urgent appeal was made to Rotary Clubs and the Grantham Kesteven Club made a £500 donation which, together with donations from other clubs, quickly raised £6,400.
Within a week, the money was sent and good quality maize and bean seed was bought locally, distributed to the families and planted.
Five days later, the rains came which means there are good prospects that the seed will germinate and famine will be avoided.
For more information on Friends of Kianjai, Kenya, see their website at www.friendsofkianjai.com