Posted May 4, 2020 6:29 am by

With churches having shut down following the ban on social gatherings, clerics have emerged among the vulnerable and worst-affected groups.

Without offerings flowing into church coffers, many clerics and church workers are unable to earn their salaries.

APPEAL FOR FUNDS

In Siaya County, the Anglican Church, Bondo diocese has sent all its 60 staff, among them parish priests, on unpaid leave until the pandemic passes, Diocesan Bishop Prof David Kodia told the Nation.

On Friday, the diocese launched an appeal seeking to raise funds to bail out the priests.

“Our full-time clergy have been hit hard given that our main income comes from offerings,” Prof Kodia said while unveiling the diocesan relief fund at St Michael and All Angels Cathedral in Bondo.

In Kisii County, Rev Fr Godfrey Ototo of Kisii Cathedral parish has appealed to the congregation to donate foodstuff and other essential items. The faithfuls have organised themselves into groups to collect food donations.

Pastor Isaboke Nyang’au of Satellite Baptist Church in Kisii has appealed to the government to consider reopening churches. He said that they are entirely dependent on offerings from church members for their upkeep.

He further said that the churches are ready to adhere to any requirements that would be put in place such as maintaining social distancing by limiting the number of worshippers.

In Kakamega, the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega has sent an internal memo to its staff including teachers to be patient until the financial position improves before they can be paid.

Bishop Joseph Obanyi said the Covid-19 pandemic had disrupted key operations in the church crippling revenue sources.

“We have talked to our staff to be patient during these difficult times since were are not generating any revenue to pay salaries and sustain other operations,” said Bishop Obanyi.

Teachers in schools run by the church, including the nursing school at the St Elizabeth Mission Hospital in Mukumu, have been badly affected.

CLOSED DOWN

The nursing school was closed down forcing the management to send teachers on leave until the situation is back to normal.

Hospitals run by the church have been affected in the wake of the coronavirus infections in the country.

“At the church offices, we have only been left with two workers who are reporting on duty in shifts in line with the Ministry of Education guidelines on social distancing. We have asked all the other staff to stay home until the situation has improved,” said Bishop Obanyi.

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