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Update in the wake of violence in Kenya

Dear Friends,
As you have probably seen in the news and many of you have contacted us about, the people of Kenya are still suffering from violence and unrest in the wake of the contested national election in December. Despite international pressure and steps towards reconciliation, the death toll in Kenya has surpassed 1000. While the violence has not directly affected the immediate areas around our projects, it has disrupted the general economy leading to the tripling or more of prices for fuel and many food staples for all Kenyans.

Despite all of these terrible events, Staff of Hope remains committed to the people of Kenya. Staff of Hope has and will continue to maintain all operations in Kenya. We strongly feel our presence is needed to ensure the continued support and care for the communities we serve.

Oloile secondary school opened on time at the beginning of January, with over 200 students starting the 2008 school year. The medical clinic we are building in the community of Karero is moving towards completion as we await delivery of furnishings and equipment in the next few weeks. The well we are drilling to support the clinic is within 2 days of completion; however the well drilling crew is delayed by the delivery of the casing for the reinforcement and completion of the bore hole. This is all good news and thanks are due to the hard work of the teachers, construction workers, drill team, and your support of their work.

During this crisis we have helped move many mothers and their children out of harms way.  In response to the hyperinflation of the price of goods we have increased the wages of those who carry out the vision of Staff of Hope in Kenya to ensure their survival during these uncertain times.  We have also extended support to get food to those who are going without and continue to provide jobs to many during this challenging time.

Kenya and its people are in a fragile state. Further deterioration of the security and economic conditions could bring about a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. We ask that you remember the country and its leaders in your prayers, and specifically the Staff of Hope personnel, who continue to work for our brothers and sisters in need.  Thank you again for your support.

Staff of Hope

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