Africa Inland Church (AIC) received funds from Partners International that enabled us to purchase some relief items and distributed them to a group of widows, elderly women, and men and vulnerable persons who live around church compound.
This distribution supported a total number of 153 individual beneficiaries. Some received a ration of maize flour, cooking oil, and laundry soap bars while others received rice donated and second-hand clothes donated by church members.
Many of the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude and gave joyful statements for the church. Here are some of their responses:
A Mom Holds a Bag of Maize Flour
Jean* is a widow. Her husband was a soldier, killed in the front line five years ago. When she was called to collect the relief, she jumped for joy. She carried her one-year-old daughter to the collection point and secured the ratio of maize along with other items.
She joyful gave thanks to the distributing staff saying, “I am now sure my children will have their stomachs fed in the next two weeks. Even if this food finishes, God will not let us die with hunger. He (God) will still touch other people to give us food again. Thank you, church.
A Woman Walking Home with Some Relief Items
Fozia* is a widow struggling with her five children to get meals each day. She narrated with pains that her husband disappeared from the house one evening two years ago while he went to buy something from the shop, but two weeks later, his corpse was found decayed lying in open suburb ground. She said she does understand why her husband had been targeted, “He was not a politician nor a soldier; he was just an ordinary citizen who never made problems to anyone.”
For the last two years, the family has had a complicated life. Her children dropped out of school because she couldn’t afford to pay their fees. Fozia said they occasionally miss meals for a few days in a row. She is thankful to the church, and the food ratio donated by people overseas. She burst with joy, called for God’s blessing upon those who blessed her family.
She received 10kg of maize flour, 1-liter cooking oil, 1 bar of laundry soap, and a 500g salt sachet.
A Joyful Woman Displays her Second-Hand Dress
Rose* got divorced seven years ago. She is a mother of six children, and she takes care of all her children. She explained how her children’s dad is irresponsible.
“He did not support us at all, even when children became sick, and never paid school fees, so 4 of the children are not in school. Life has become so difficult for me in this current unbearable economic situation in the country. My efforts to work do not bring enough money. At times I call for death to take me because I do not want to live and see my children suffering the way it is now with them. I need help from the church because God is in the church.”
Because of her large family, she received a combination of relief items such as maize flour, rice, cooking oil, soap, salt, and clothes.
She’s very thankful to the church and said, “Let God bring much relief in the church so that abandoned people like me can get some help.”