Kenya: Basic education for slum children
We provide a four-year basic education programme for children in four slum areas that is carefully tailored to their living conditions.Learn more
In Kenya we currently support some 130,700 children and young people in 16 projects. We have worked in this East African country since 1974. Our projects are primarily in the Western, Central, Eastern and Coast regions and are run by local partners.
More than half of the population of Kenya lives in poverty. Life is particularly difficult for people in rural areas, where climate change has made it very hard for many families to live from the fruits of their labour. In times of drought crops dry up and livestock dies. In the hope of finding better income sources, the rural population flocks to the cities, where they usually end up living in slums.
We combat poverty so people are no longer forced to leave their homes. We support (AIDS) orphans, protect street children from exploitation, provide basic education and vocational training, facilitate community-based rehabilitation of children with disabilities, and motivate women to establish self-help groups.
Agriculture is the leading economic sector. It supports roughly 75 percent of the population. Yet, in some cases does not suffice to sustain livelihoods. Most rural populations are not benefiting from export revenues, despite the fact that Kenya ranks among the world's leading tea exporters. Many escape the rural poverty and seek work in the cities. Without skills and training they have virtually no chance of finding a decent job. Migrants cannot afford the high rents and end up in the slums. An increasing number of children are forced to live on the street. Their lives are marked by poverty, a lack of any future opportunities, domestic violence or the deaths of their parents from AIDS.
Thanks to ongoing improvements in prevention programmes, the annual number of new HIV infections has dropped by 32 percent during the last 10 years. Yet, AIDS continues to be the leading health problem.
In 2003 the government dropped primary school fees but failed to plan for more schools and teachers. Overcrowded classrooms make it virtually impossible to provide decent instruction, which further reduces the opportunities of students to acquire good vocational training.
We want girls and boys to grow up without poverty-related restrictions and become independent adults who enjoy the same rights as everyone else. Children rights are confirmed by UN resolutions. Not surprisingly, all of our projects and programmes strive to champion the rights of the child. These projects and programmes benefit:
To ensure that all of our partners are pulling together, we hold workshops in which we collectively develop strategies to achieve our goals.
Sources: World Factbook, *United Nations