Lent Appeal – The Bishop of Chelmsford’s Lent Appeal
Our Lent Appeal is for the Bishop of Chelmsford’s Lent Appeal, which this year seeks to raise vital money to support Chelmsford diocesan partner Anglican Development Services Mount Kenya East (ADSMKE in developing two projects in northern and central Kenya:
The Maternity Wing of Mount Kenya Hospital
Two years ago the Christians of Chelmsford Diocese supported ADSMKE in building two new wards for its hospital in Kerugoya in Kirinyaga County. ADSMKE now seeks our support to equip the Newborn Unit, to ensure the safety of both babies and mothers. There is increasing pressure on the capacity of this part of the hospital, as more and more women are choosing to have their children within the security of a well-staffed hospital. This has led to babies having to share the two existing incubators, and expectant mothers having to share a bed. There is also currently no space for those who have lost their child to recover away from those whose baby has survived.
Your support will help to buy three incubators and two infant warmers, along with other equipment and a wider renovation of the maternity unit. They will be doing some fundraising themselves, so this will be a full partnership in the Gospel to build on the foundations of previous work, and also ensure that new born children have the best chance of surviving and having a full life.
The Borehole Project in Isiolo
A three hour drive further north from the hospital lies the frontier town of Isiolo, within which Anglican Development Services has a centre that serves the pastoralist communities of this region. It is a very dry region, and access to water is a major problem. For the centre to continue its work, it often has to spend a considerable amount of money purchasing water from bowsers. For the local community, the cost of such water is often prohibitive, leading many to have to walk five miles in search of water which may not be fit for human consumption.
By sinking a borehole in the ADS compound, a long lasting solution to water shortage will be secured. It would provide a safe supply of water for local residents from all tribes and religions. It will also enable to ADS clinic to offer services that require reliable access to water. It will mean that the agricultural training department will be able to demonstrate how to grow alternative horticultural crops, and develop learning around drip irrigation. This will have the effect of increasing food security within the region.
During Lent please pray for these projects and their transforming work: your support will help to lay new foundations for human flourishing in this part of God’s world. So please give as generously as you can. More information about the Project is available on the Diocesan website at http://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/lentappeal2017, in the March issue of “The Month” and on the display board around the tower staircase.