Reverend David Kiranga
St. Augustine’s Farm in Kenya needs support. Located in Bungoma County; Western Province in Kenya, Senior Seminary Mabanga operates there too. There are 179 candidates to the priesthood from all the dioceses in Kenya. There are 9 resident members of teaching staff, all of whom are priests. There are also 16 lay workers, some with their families who reside in the compound. There is a high illiteracy rate, poverty, and high mortality rate due to malaria, typhoid, and HIV Aids. Covid-19 has reduced demand of farm products and this has impacted all negatively. There is a need to train workers and some few selected people within the community to sensitize the population about the pandemic. Protective devices are necessary within the institution for safety measures which include masks, gloves, sanitizers, and enough containers of water supply. A pending project before the pandemic was the repair of a greenhouse in order to keep supplying vegetables to the community. Now this undertaking is crucial so that vulnerable families receive some food supply during the pandemic. Through all of these challenges there are priests who take part in human, spiritual, pastoral, and intellectual aspects of formation and reach out to poor, and scared communities. A gift of $25 can help with food provision and medicine.