Two FIC cows in Kenya
Small World Fund
For almost two years Fr. Nicholas Obiera, C.P. a Kenyan native, studied at Loyola University in Chicago. How fortunate a number of us were to meet him and hear about his life in Africa. Then during one of the “Great Decisions” meetings which he attended with us in Chicago, he explained that a message which he had just received from his home told about a theft which had occurred in one of the villages where dairying was a cottage industry. Fifteen cows had been stolen during the night. Of course there was no way to retrieve them since the thieves had no doubt escaped with them and slaughtered them before daylight. This situation was such a sad state of affairs for those people, that many FICers rose to the occasion with a helping hand.
Both the Chicago and Niagara Frontier Chapters offered to buy one cow each. Then both Chapters applied to the National Board for matching funds, which they received.
Hence, thanks to the FICers of Chicago and Niagara Frontier, Fr. Nicholas returned home with funds enough to purchase 4 cows! He recently e-mailed us pictures of his young bovines. Perhaps someday we will be able to see them in person when FIC has a study tour to Africa