In 2009, Rev. Joachim Kinuthia, a representative of the Catholic Diocese of Nakaru, Kenya, visited Vancouver to preach and raise awareness of their need to assist famine stricken households following a time of post election violence and severe drought so as to avoid deaths from hunger; and improve nutritional status of the targeted persons. The parishioners in the Archdiocese of Vancouver raised $31,342 to provide emergency relief. The beneficiaries included the elderly, people living in informal settlements, the sick, nursing mothers, people living with HIV/AIDS, the disabled, the orphans and other vulnerable children. In total, 1,800 beneficiaries were reached.
Rt. Rev. Philip Anyola, the Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru wrote “thank you sincerely for the support you have provided to the households experiencing food shortage due to the severe drought in our diocese. May I assure you of my prayers, support and collaboration.”
Hillary Korir, the Planning & Development Coordinator for the Diocese of Nakuru wrote “Through the timely assistance from the Archdiocese of Vancouver, the Diocese was able to avert a disaster which would otherwise have caused loss of lives. We remain forever indebted to the Archdiocese of Vancouver for your timely support to the vulnerable in our Diocese.”