Focus on the children during drought often plays a second fiddle to food distribution. Attention is often beamed on adults, with the assumption that they will care for their children. During this drought we heard of parent who left their children for dead because they could not feed them. They sought food help with their last breath wherever they could find it. In these situations children need food urgently. They need to get over the huddle of hunger … One of the devastating impact of drought is children’s health. . Worms… skin diseases [‘mashilingi’] among others. Mororo was not exceptional. Children here epitomized plight of children in hunger. TSM in mitigation set up feeding centers where the children were given nutritious porridge daily. At first the aim was supplementing what they got at home to give them the vital help they would need against being afflicted by effects of under nourishment. . In this place the feeding point became so popular. Now TSM is determined to expand the fight against the diseases among the children here. Help was provided at NEMC with parents bringing their children who had been identified at the feeding center for medical help Help was provided at NEMC with parents brining their children who had been identified at the feeding center for medical help.
Today [24th Nov 2011] we were taken a back at the clinic to have had a visitor. During a routine visit to parents and children previously treated and provided for at NEMC neighbors drew our attention to a family with three children suffering acute malnutrition. They would not seek help. This was the family of Nicholas. The parents depend on casual labour to make ends meet, but they had no job! We got him Nicholas an initial line of treatment before taking him and his Mum to PGH in Garissa. He was admitted and is getting more help.
Will Children here recapture their joy of Yesteryear ?
We thank you for your support and prayers which has enabled us to serve His children in Famine.
Rev. Canon Francis Omondi
TSM International Director