During Br. Paul's visit to Kenya in June 2022, he had the privilege of meeting with Sister Ann Rebeka, one of our OFH Sisters who works with over 200 families of the Maasai tribe in a remote area of the bush territory of Kenya. She and the people whom she Serves have NO ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER. She says they, "literally drink BROWN WATER!"
Sister Ann Rebeka recently wrote me and sent photos of their water situation... "Br. Paul, greetings, hope you are fine. The photos are of our brown water. The dam for our school has dried up completely. This evening I went to fetch water from our neighborhood... The closest water is miles and miles away from the school. Animals use the same water we use."
The Maasai families have no access to water filtration or water cisterns to collect water from the roof when it rains. There is also no food security because of the drought, so the Sisters feed the children "white porridge with no sugar" and "beans and maize for lunch and supper because that's what we can afford." You'll notice they serve the food out of a 5 gallon bucket because that's what they have access to.
If you haven't been to Africa, you really have no frame of reference... Many, MANY people do not have what we consider to be basic necessities such as clean water, running water, flushing toilets, showers, electricity, refrigeration, stoves, ovens... on and on.
Let's start with CLEAN WATER and FOOD!!!
The situation is DIRE for the families that Sister works with, so your financial support is CRITICAL to help bring needed water filtration and water cisterns to the families in her area, and food for her students at her boarding school.
The Order of Franciscan Hermits, a 501(c)(3), has an immediate goal to raise funds to help provide 200 families with water filters so they don't have to drink "brown water" which will eliminate/reduce water borne illnesses. We would then work to install water cisterns to collect water from the roofs at the school and other structures where feasible. Once the water situation is remedied, we would then like to provide solar lighting to the families of the students because Sister says that, "the priority of the Maasai are raising their cattle and see little to no value in education." Her students must work with the cattle first which leaves little time to study during the daylight. Having solar lights in their homes will allow the children to study at night.
Our Clean Water, Food Security and Solar Initiatives are not possible to complete without your Support. We THANK YOU for your help in Advance!
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In June 2022, Br. Paul, OFH had the privilege of meeting with Capuchin Bishop George Muthaka of the Diocese of Garissa and Fr. Arnold Shimira, OFM Cap., the Custos of the Capuchin General Custody of Kenya, to discuss the promotion of the Order of Franciscan Hermits (OFH) and building of a future Hermitage Fraternity (monastery) in their country. Their spirit of "Caribou" ("Welcome") was/is very uplifting and they both pledged to pray for and walk with the OFH on our Spiritual Journey in Kenya. The Capuchins are truly our FRANCISCAN BROTHERS!
The Order of Franciscan Hermits was founded by Br. Paul in 2015 through the inspiration of his former Novice Master, Fr. Enda Heffernan, OFM Cap., who was a member of the Capuchin Western America Province. His Spiritual message to, "Go to the Silence... Go to the Silence" and St. Francis' "Rule for Hermitages" has sparked a new generation of Third Order Franciscans to embrace Contemplation and to pray for World Peace. Fr. Enda always yearned to be a Missionary in Africa but never had the opportunity to Serve there, so when Archbishop Philip Anyolo, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Nairobi, invited Br. Paul to Kenya so he could learn more about the OFH, Br. Paul made the trip in honor of Fr. Enda. The OFH will always serve in Africa as part of Fr. Enda's legacy and do our utmost to help where we can.
The Capuchins of Kenya play a critical role within the Church, not only through traditional parish and educational work, but now through video programming on television networks, social media and YouTube. This exciting ministry is known throughout most homes in Kenya, and has sparked an abundance of vocations, but with this new growth comes tremendous financial challenges to carry out such a ministry and provide for the new seminarians.
Fr. Arnold and Br. Paul are asking our OFH Associates, Members and Benefactors if they can assist in the spirit of Fr. Enda through our prayers, sharing of this article with your friends and family, and/or making a financial donation if you are able, directly to the Kenyan Capuchins.
The following are high priority initiatives of the Capuchins in Kenya which are in critical need of donations...
Any further questions can be directed to Fr. Arnold whose contact information is the following:
Fr. Arnold Shirima, OFM Cap.
CAPUCHIN FRANCISCAN FATHERS DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
Box 14413 - 00800
WESTLANDS – NAIROBI KENYA
Cell Phone: +254 721261650