Masks are worn as a precaution during food distribution in Turkana, Kenya

By Brs. Edmond Juma and Dan Ongeso

Ryken Centre for Hope 

It’s  a mixed atmosphere here in Kenya with numerous activities  abounding.  Planting season  is underway,  especially for  western region  counties. God has released rains from above and farmers are seriously engaged in farm work including  the  JRCH family. These are good signs for a future harvest.  I am proud of  those assisting with house chores, and  our children at the center who passionately take  part in farm  work  so we have  a harvest at the end of the season.   

Being part of the society amid COVID-19, the rescue center  has taken  seriously the  measures directed by  The  Ministry of Health to protect children from  infection. To ensure the safety and health of children staff, we have conducted thorough cleaning of the center, added additional hand washing stations, stopped visitations, and changed the recruitment process for new children. 

Street Kids Feeding Program 

The Street Kids feeding program is conducted three times a week for children in Bungoma. Although challenging, we’ve taken extra health precautions,  bearing in mind these most vulnerable kids need love, food, and health care in this time. The feeding program which is carried out by the Postulants is under the supervision of Br.  Daniel  Ongeso.   

St. Xavier Bungoma 

Due to the crippling effects of COVID-19, the president of the Republic of Kenya ordered all education institutions closed indefinitely with an aim of preventing the spread. St Xavier fraternity respected the order.   

Schools,  especially  boarding schools, were given guidelines to follow to ensure students reach their homes safely without exposing them to the virus during movement in public transport.  

In this difficult moment, the school came up with logistics to ensure the safety of students. It was not easy given the long distances. Brothers Daniel Ongeso and Peter Wanga took on the task of ensuring the boys successfully arrived at their respective destinations and picked up by either parents or guardians.   

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