This is a sticky post that will stay at the top of the page from 10/4 until 10/19. Please scroll down for daily posts about the 2008 Kenya Medical Mission Team.
I’m going to be AWOL for a short while – so I am apologizing up front for not responding to your comments, or for commenting on my regular blogs that I read. 🙂 But I have set up this site to post daily updates while I am gone. Each day will bring a new post with that days’s scheduled events and prayer requests.
The center of our ministry area is in Kapenguria, Kenya, where Pokot Outreach Missions has a medical clinic and is building a hospital and a church. Word on the street is that we will be spending most of our time around Mt Elgon on the Kenya-Uganda border this year. We will be serving the people of the Pokot tribe by hosting clinics where they can receive free medical care, wound cleaning, and receive medicine. The Pokot tribe is located in the NW area of Kenya and numbers nearly one million. They are primarily herders and keep sheep, cows, goats and – sometimes – camels.
They recently had a 7 year drought and malnurishment is rampant in that area. Last year was a good year, with plenty of rain – enabling the Pokot to produce their best crops in nearly a decade. That all changed this last year, though. It started with the civil war in S Kenya following last year’s Presidential election in December. The fighting drove up the cost of transporting food, fuel and goods. Then there was the weather: a dry spring, followed by heavy storms that flooded what little crops they had. It has been a debilitating year for this isolated people.
Only 1 in 5 Pokot children survive to reach age 5.
Let that sink in for a minute. Malnurishment, parasitic disease, burns and malaria are some of the biggest causes for childhood mortality. It’s so bad that mothers will typically have older children care for the youngest children after they have stopped nursing. This is so that the parents don’t become too attached to their children. This is a common site everywhere we went last year:
So, check back for daily updates on what we will be doing. And if you want more information on Pokot Outreach Mission, check out the website of their US counterpart: Harvester’s International Missions: www.him-usa.org
Now – I’m off to finish my last cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and double check my packed luggage before heading off to the airport. See you on the 19th!