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More than a half of Kenya’s population lives below the poverty line, on less than one U.S. dollar a day. The most vulnerable are families and children living in the urban slums, in the arid lands of northern Kenya and in areas of the country worst affected by HIV. These are also the areas with high child mortality and low enrollment in school. UNICEF reports that out of an estimated 2.4 million orphans and vulnerable children in need of care and support, about 1.2 million are believed to be due to rising AIDS mortality. Orphan Outreach’s ministry in Kenya began with a vision trip in the fall of 2012. Orphan Outreach currently partners with a school in Bungoma, an impoverished, rural town in northwest Kenya, and two other schools in the slums of Nairobi. Orphan Outreach provides for urgent needs and humanitarian aid to children and families in these communities.

Madeleine School, [Bungoma]

Bungoma is an impoverished, rural town in northwest Kenya, bordered by Uganda to the west. Families in Bungoma face extreme poverty and many children live with their extended families because their parents have died of AIDS. Orphan Outreach is partnering with a local church’s school project, Madeleine School, that serves approximately 200 children in a rural area. Orphan Outreach is providing support for the school social worker, medical staff, an agricultural program, urgent needs and monthly sponsorships for the children to attend the school. Click here to continue reading.

patmosPatmos Junior School, [Nairobi]

Patmos Junior School was started in 2007 by Headmaster Richard Wanjala and a group of dedicated local community members in Mathare slums of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya. Hundreds of thousands of people reside in the city’s slums, and Mathare is considered to be one of the largest and poorest slums in Africa and home to more than half a million people, of which 300,000 are children. There is a high rate of unemployment in Mathare and 80% of people survive on casual jobs. As a result, many young children are left unattended during the day while parents are seeking work. Click here to continue reading.

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  • Approximately 40 million people live in Kenya
  • 71% of the population lives below the poverty level
  • UNICEF estimates that there are more than 2.6 million orphans in Kenya, of those 1.2 million have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS (*2009)
  • 1 million orphans are living either in the streets, with the villagers, or with relatives in Kenya.
  • Few children, and even fewer girls, complete their schooling - resulting in many mothers and now widows with little or no skills to support their children.
  • Although Kenya has recently seen economic growth, around 11 million people are still undernourished and a major part of the country's population is unable to meet their daily calorie requirements. Floods and droughts continue to have a severe impact on the availability of food, particularly in semi-nomadic zones.
  • Another public health concern for young children in Kenya continues to be malaria, which kills around 26,000 children under the age of five every year. Child mortality is high at 84 per 1,000 live births.
  • An increasingly high number of households in Kenya are headed by children. These female-headed households and child-headed households are more likely to experience high levels of poverty.
  • Young children are often obliged to work instead of being able to go to school as they have to put food on the table for an entire family.
  • In Nairobi, an estimated 130,000 children live in the streets as a result of poverty, family neglect and social discrimination. Many of them are forced into exploitative child labour and eventually even commercial sex work. At present, an estimated 10,000 children have been caught up in the sex trade, particularly in the country's coastal regions. Many children resort to prostitution as a way to make a living.Birth Rate: 29.09 births/1,000 population