Care for the Environment


A Prayer for our Earth (Pope Francis in Laudato Sí)

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth, so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth or each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

 

CARE FOR THE EARTH. Sister Caroline Bii

I work in Kibera slums in Nairobi with an organization called women for women that support women and children from poor and vulnerable backgrounds. Care for the earth is quite unimaginable in Kibera slums in Kenya. Here life presents itself with lots of challenges every sunrise and sunset to the people living in Kibera slums.

Kibera is highly populated which makes the place congested. People live in poorly constructed houses and drainages are poorly done.  There is lack of proper wastes disposal and real abject poverty.Polythene bags and plastics are carelessly thrown in the drainages which has led to blockages. This in turn result in air pollution and makes the environment dirty.

To curb on the issue of waste disposal, we discuss with a group of women from Kibera on the importance of proper disposal of waste and the significance of teaching their families how to dispose their waste properly. They practice separating wastes into degradable and undegradable, then disposing in the right places. We believe mothers are good family teachers and with time the impact will be felt by the entire community.On the occasions of home visits, we promote the awareness of proper waste disposal because it is a big challenge affecting Kibera environs.