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Big-hearted response to Bishop’s appeal for Kenya

15th Aug 2018

The Bishop of Chelmsford’s Lent Appeal for Kenya has reached its target of £60,000.

With these funds the drought-stricken Diocese of Marsabit in Northern Kenya, with which the Diocese of Chelmsford is linked, will be able to purchase the water bowser it needs to save lives.

Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, has expressed his gratitude to local communities and churches throughout Essex and East London for their generosity:

I am very proud that so many big-hearted people in Essex and East London have responded to my appeal to save the lives of their brothers and sisters in Kenya, and I am grateful for their generous support.

“People came up with enterprising fund raising initiatives like lunches and concerts and sales of produce and art. One of the curates in the diocese even raised money by challenging herself to survive on a diet of rice and beans.

“When I visited Kenya I saw nomadic people who had been forced to settle by a major road so that that they could access emergency water supplies, elephants digging for water with their trunks in dried-up river beds and, most sobering of all, children begging for water.”

Image: Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, with Bishop Qampicha Daniel Wario, the Bishop of Marsabit, photographed in Marsabit, Kenya, in February 2018.

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There has not been enough rainfall in Northern Kenya this year to meet basic needs. Supplying a survival level of safe drinking water has become an urgent priority.

Serious health problems are caused by lack of water, poor hygiene due to insufficient water and the consumption of contaminated water.

The unsettled way of life led by remote communities, as they move around in search of the water on which their livestock depend, can damage the education of their children.

The water bowser will be a 7 tonne Isuzu truck fitted with a 10,000 litre water tank. The truck will be driven across a vast area. It will provide an emergency supply of water for drinking, cooking and personal and domestic hygiene.

It is hoped that the truck can be officially presented in October.

Lent is the Church season of 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday when Christians give something up or do something beneficial in preparation for Easter.

Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford in the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford.

The Diocese of Chelmsford is the Church of England in Essex and East London.