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Our Work in Kenya
In 1984, Childcare Worldwide started feeding programs in areas of Kenya that were hit by a major famine. Our work has broadened to include a variety of programs extending across Kenya.
Today, there is one operating children’s home in Kenya supported through our child sponsorship program. Sponsorship is also prevalent in 11 different villages in the areas surrounding Nakuru and Narok.
We operate a tailoring school in Nakuru, Kenya, that caters to young adults who desire to pursue a career in tailoring after finishing their basic schooling.
Due to the lack of available medical care in rural areas, we have started a rural clinic to serve those who don’t have immediate access to local healthcare. We have also started clean water projects in a number of villages, providing safe drinking water to thousands of people.
Our fastest growing ministry in Kenya is the Christian Character Building program, with over 12,000 students. This after school program is devoted to teaching children about Christ-like character traits so that they can learn to be leaders in their families, communities and nation.
Climate: varies from tropical along coast to arid in interior
Natural Hazards: recurring drought, flooding during rainy season
Population: 43,013,341 (0-14 yrs = 42.5%; 15-64 yrs = 54.9%; 65 years and older = 2.7%)
Population below poverty level: 50%
Religion: Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, indigenous beliefs 10%, Muslim 10%, other 2%
Languages: English, Kiswahili, numerous indigenous languages
Literacy rate: 87.4%
Industries: small-scale consumer goods, agricultural products processing, oil refining, cement, tourism
Agricultural products: tea, coffee, corn, wheat, sugarcane, fruit, vegetables, dairy products, beef, poultry, eggs
Currency: Kenyan shilling
source: The World Factbook
Kenya is one of the locations of some of the earliest human settlements, yet Kenya did not gain independence until 1963. In December of 1964, the nation become a republic with a president who was head of state and head of government.
Kenya is now made up of more than 70 tribal groups, so the first question one Kenyan will ask another is, “what tribe are you from?” The languages which are taught in Kenya are English and Swahili, but most tribes have their own language as well.
Kenyans love parties which include a lot of contemporary dance music.
Food in Kenya
Kenyan food is very simple and focuses on beans and meat sauce. Nyama choma (barbecued meat, usually goat) is one of the most common dishes. Maize (corn) is another commonly eaten food and is called githeri when combined with beans. Many of our children also eat ugali which is a cornmeal porridge.
Childcare Worldwide (CCW), formerly, Childcare International (CCI) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions are fully tax deductible.