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WER launches emergency appeal to feed Kenyan orphans

28 January 2008

WER is working closely with Hope Community Centre orphanage near Naivasha to feed and care for 40 children who have been orphaned in the recent violence in Kenya.

Lucy Gacheru, Director of Hope Community Centre in North Kinangop near Naivasha, has identified at least 40 children from the nearby town of Nakuru who have been orphaned in the ongoing violence in Kenya and who are without family members to care for them. They have been brought to Hope Community Centre and are being cared for by staff and counsellors.

WER is appealing to the public for donations to help Hope Community Centre feed and support these children. The orphanage is already providing a safe and loving home to more than 170 children, many of whom have been rescued from the perils of life on the streets of Nairobi and other cities in Kenya. The children, who range from just two months to 18 years old, receive an education as well as the opportunity to learn vocational skills such as tailoring.

Hope Community Centre is just kilometres from the town of Naivasha which was the scene of bloodshed and brutality in Kenya within the past few days. Gangs wielding machetes and sticks fought each other, resulting in at least 19 deaths on Sunday. This brings the death toll since the violence began after the disputed presidential elections in December 2007 to over 800. WER is in regular contact with Lucy Gacheru to monitor the security of the children and staff at the orphanage and to assess ongoing areas of need within the local community.

WER is also working with Hope Community Centre to deliver essential emergency aid, including food and medical supplies, to displaced families within the Nakuru and Naivasha areas. It is now estimated that 250,000 people have been uprooted from their homes by the fighting across the country.

For more information on WER’s work in Kenya, or to make a donation, please call 0844 249 2129 or
donate online today.

Thank you.

Photos:
L: REUTERS/Stringer, courtesy www.alertnet.org
R: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings, courtesy www.alertnet.org



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