The Salvation Army is responding to the drought crisis in East Africa by providing water to the people of the Turkana region of northern Kenya. Due to the current scarcity, people in this region are forced to travel more than two miles on average to access water. As a result, schools are closing because they lack the funds to pay food and water bills.
The Salvation Army is funding almost $50,000 to cover the fuel, labor, and maintenance costs for water tanks and tractors for six months. Water will be collected from boreholes, transported to the large water tanks, and taken to communities and schools in Turkana. Some of the funds will improve storage facilities of schools and villages.
This plan will provide around 5,000 villagers and 2,000 schoolchildren with clean, safe water. The efforts will also decrease the distance travelled to fetch water and reduce the risk of women being abused as they seek water in isolated locations.
Donations to the Africa Disaster Fund at International Headquarters can be made online at www.salvationarmy.org.
The Salvation Army will soon be present in 124 countries!
Effective April 1, we’ll be officially working in the West African country of Togo.
In years past, residents of the country and Togolese citizens living in Canada and the US asked Salvation Army International Headquarters to establish work in Togo. In effect, our Ghana Territory sent a fact-finding team to the country.
They were enthusiastically welcomed by established churches and community leaders alike. It turns out that Salvation Army meetings were already being held there. Work among children and young people is also developing well.
Captains Hervé Michel and Naty Dorcas Ahouyanganga, from The Salvation Army in Congo, have been appointed as leaders for our work in Togo.
Read more about the announcement and our growing work around the world at The Salvation Army International’s website.