30 August 2004--Vatican City-- Caritas Internationalis has launched a USD 247,000 USD appeal for famine-relief for the hardest hit of the long-suffering Kenyan people. The appeal would fund a programme in eight dioceses. Priority will be placed on urgent food intervention and the provision of water, seeds for farmers, and food for schools and children under five. Programmes providing food for work and cash for work will also be established.
The causes of the famine are multiple: years of drought, too short or too long rainfalls, farmers losing their livelihoods, and increasing poverty levels. In many parts of the country up to 80 percent of the crops have failed and last month alone Caritas estimated that six million Kenyans were in need of food relief.
Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organisations present in over 200 countries and territories.