Kenya

Our work in Kenya

  • Supporting children
  • School with a reputation for excellence
  • Sponsoring children
  • Soy International Bible Institute
  • Children’s Feeding Programme

Kenya is on Africa’s east coast. Its neighbours are Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, and the troubles in some of these countries have spilled into Kenya, both through refugees seeking shelter and through attacks on Kenyans.

The capital city is Nairobi. Other major cities include the port of Mombasa in the south and the central city of Nakuru.

Almost three-quarters of the population is under 30 years old. Life expectancy is increasing, and in 2018 was 66 years, but infant mortality is high, with 33.6 deaths for every thousand live births. This compares to just 3.7 deaths per thousand live births in the UK.

HIV/AIDS is a problem, although the rate of infection has decreased significantly. Many children are infected from birth, and orphanages care for many HIV positive children.

42 tribes make up the Kenyan population, the biggest and most powerful of these being the Kikuyu, Luo and Luyha. They all have their own dialects, but most people speak the official languages of English and Swahili.

Until 1963, Kenya was part of the British Empire. After independence, it joined the British Commonwealth. Its economy is largely based on agriculture, especially flowers, which it exports across the world; light industry, including quality knitwear; and tourism.

There are wealthy people in Kenya, but there are also extremely poor people. They live side by side, literally: Kibera slum in Nairobi, which is home to 1.2 million people, most of them under 18, butts against luxury blocks of flats and large houses. 35.6% of Kenyans live below the international poverty line of US$1.90 per day. Many are earning significantly below that amount.

In recent years, the country has been plagued by drought, floods and famine, which have devastated livestock and caused rising food prices.

Largely Christian, Kenya is a tolerant country and devotees of other religions are free to practice.

We have a number of projects in Kenya that need support:

  • School needs structural repairs and growth
  • More children need sponsoring
  • Secondary school needed
  • Support for Bible Institute
  • Support for feeding programme

Child sponsorship is an amazing opportunity to transform the life of someone worse off than you.  We often find it also results in a life changing experience for the giver too!  Please complete the form below and we’ll connect you with your sponsored child in Kenya…

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