The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) has responded to the call by both the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) as well as the president of Kenya to support fellow Kenyans affected by drought and famine by asking the university community, staff and students as well as partners and neighbors to contribute food and non food items towards this cause.
Speaking at the Community Service event held at the University main campus in Nairobi, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Justus Mbae said that the university wishes to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters affected by the drought and for this reason calls all people of good will to help them.
“As you are all aware the president declared the ongoing drought a national disaster and called on local and international partners to help contain the situation. The KCCB made an appeal to all its faithful to make a contribution. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa has thus responded to both the call by our Bishops and the President of the Republic of Kenya.” Prof. Mbai said on Wednesday 29th during a press briefing.
He explained that through Community Service, the University seeks to empower students and staff to promote the inherent human dignity of all people, especially marginalized communities by educating students to cultivate relationships rooted in service, faith and justice.
Prof. Mbae added that Catholic Universities, in addition to their academic commitments to secular goals and programs are expected to excel in theological education, prayer, and Liturgy and working of charity and it is upon this calling that has made CUEA to annually have a community service week through the University reaches out to communities. This year the community Service will be held from the 3rd April to 8th April, 2017 during which various activities will be conducted.
Among the major activities to be conducted include food distribution to five counties, an exercise the university will be carrying out in conjunction with the Diocesan CARITAS Offices. Food will be taken to Kitui, Machakos, East Pokot, West Pokot and Nyatike in Homabay.
By Pamela Adinda