Order of St John of Jerusalem of
Rhodes and of Malta
“Do not look away from the poor” (Tobit 4,7) was the theme for the 2023 World Day for the Poor which was celebrated for the seventh time by the Church on 19 November 2023. It is an appointment, Pope Francis explained, "that the Church is progressively rooting in its pastoral care, in order to discover more and more the central content of the Gospel". The Holy Father urged everyone to work toward providing free healthcare, medical examinations, vaccinations, and bill payment assistance to those in need.
In Marsabit County, the livestock sector sustains about 90% of the pastoral livelihood which contributes 10% to Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) consequently rudimenting animal health campaigns as an integral part of the progressive transdisciplinary, multi-sectoral One Health approach.
One Health is a holistic and interdisciplinary approach that aims to connect people, animal and the environment to improve human and animal health in a healthy ecosystem.
The Order of Malta Companions of Kenya held a fundraiser lunch at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Knightsbridge on Friday 28 July
The annual meeting of Members and Friends of the British Association of the Order (BASMOM) took place in London in June, led by FAS Chair, Cecile Coke-Brenninkmejier.
Tangulbei is a small and almost unknown town, in the far North West of Kenya, with a formal population of 4,979. However, it lies in the heart of the territory of the semi-nomadic Pokot people, who number almost 150,000. Thanks to the generous support and tireless efforts of the Order of Malta Companions of Kenya, it was possible to build a maternity ward at the Catholic Mission hospital in TANGULBEI.
Traditional infant mortality rates average 30% in this most austere region of Kenya. The Spiritan Fathers help remote communities connect with Christianity through the patient and respectful provision of healthcare and education, and in so doing provide a path to knowledge and faith. The Companions of Kenya raised over £90,000 to construct and equip the clinic.
The 1858 Marian apparition made Bernadette the victim of ridicule and scorn in the small community, but she endured the vilification for the greater good of responding to God's will. Bringing to life the lesson that in His time, God's will is not so much for us to comprehend but to obey.
Wayne Hennessy-Barrett, Deputy Chairman of the Companions of Kenya visited Waithaka Special School in Dagoretti, Nairobi on 8 June. They planted trees and donated 8 desktop computers to equip teaching staff.