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Life Without Holidays - Kenyan Children Too Hungry To Celebrate

Updated on January 23, 2012

Empty Bellys and Hopeless Days

Life in Kenya must seem so hopeless to thousands of children. I would assume, for many, death would be a relief.

In many parts of the world, holidays are a time of celebration. Families gather for feasts. At Christmas, birthdays and other special days, gifts are exchanged and all make merry.

This is not the case in so many areas. There is a small group of orphans in Mombasa, Kenya, who would love to celebrate, but daily survival takes precedence over all else.

A birthday, Christmas and Easter are appreciated by these children as they are christians; however, there can be no looking forward to a special day of frivolity and comfort. They have most likely never tasted candy or chocolates such as are so common a pleasure on Valentine's Day.

There will be no Christmas tree, no birthday party or even a gift, no Easter basket, and no food much of the time.

When food is available, it is in the form of a watery soup mixed with cornmeal. Never is there breakfast to eat. Never is there a variety. Simply watery soup. Never meat to eat. That would indeed be a luxury. Fruit and vegetables have also become unaffordable.

There are no jobs available to even earn a few shillings. The cost of food has risen 100% in a few months.

The overseer of these Kenyan orphans can make $100 feed some 30+ people for an entire week. It's possible because it's necessary.

As we enjoy a life full of holidays during the year, remember this group who continue to be too hungry to celebrate.

For more information on this group of people, go to and search Josphat Gitonga and the Rahab Centre for Orphaned Children. Get to know them by reading of their struggles in portions of daily letters.

"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." Psalm 82:3-4

"He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done." Proverbs 19:17
"He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done." Proverbs 19:17


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      kmaskreations 6 years ago

      Yes Hyphenbird, it truly is heartbreaking and as you said, it is a sin! In Matthew 25, Jesus makes it very clear. The seriousness of ignoring such needs is a slap in his face. It's good to know about the backpack program. Thanks for commenting.

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      kmaskreations 6 years ago

      Thanks for your comments Pollyannalana. If we know about them, as christians we are to feed them. These I personally know and am able to introduce them to the whole world. I take away all excuses when someone says they don't personally know a hungry child.

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      The bigger shame is we have them all over America and our government spends billions in other countries and ignores our own. Who would believe we have homeless children too, five and under and people know about them! Can you imagine their fate?

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      It is heartbreaking to know anyone is hungry, especially children. It is rampant all over the world. Here in America, children go hungry as well. My son's school has a backpack program and send food home with children on Friday so they can eat over the weekend. In a world of such excess and waste, it is a sin that little ones are abused, starved and exploited in any way at all. I wish I could feed every single one of them until they slept contented.