Doreen Ajiambo is a multi-media journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She covers religion, refugees and politics stories from East Africa and beyond for various outlets in Europe.
Cheshire Home for the Elderly in the Kariobangi slum northeast of Nairobi, run by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, used to be a hive of activity. More than 300 men and women of advanced age would meet their relatives and lifelong friends every day. They would share meals and pray together.
In an area that experiences routine flooding, sisters, who have been distributing relief items to families affected by COVID-19 restrictions and food shortages caused by locusts are appealing for humanitarian support.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage Kenya, Sr. Winnie Mutuku has managed to sustain a feeding program for street children and families in Kitale, a town about 280 miles west of Nairobi.
Sisters in African countries are using their own money in some cases to provide food for people whose livelihood has vanished during coronavirus lockdowns. They are doing outreach, making masks and hand sanitizer to give away to people who used to earn — and live on — about a dollar a day.