Kenya

Philip Kogo helps Savings and Internal Lending Community members with their financial ledgers during a meeting in Eldoret, Kenya. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

Philip Kogo helps Savings and Internal Lending Community members with their financial ledgers during a meeting in Eldoret, Kenya. Photo by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS

A rising economic force in Africa, Kenya is also a growing business hub for East Africa. While the country makes political and economic advances, it continues to struggle with large income disparities, and considerable poverty. Many Kenyans affiliate themselves closely with one of the country's estimated 42 ethnic groups, creating tight social bonds that at times lead to conflict. The population of Kenya is more than 40 million. More than half of Kenya's people live below the poverty line.

Most Kenyans are household farmers and many are unable to get enough safe and nutritious food to maintain healthy lives. Along with degraded land, poor roads and limited access to clean water, they are threatened by erratic weather that causes harsh and recurring droughts punctuated by flooding during rainy seasons. For example, the severe drought in 2011 left more than 10 million people in East Africa close to starvation.

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Stats

Population:44,037,656 (July 2013 est.)
Size:224,081 sq mi; slightly more than twice the size of Nevada
People Served:2,751.705

History

CRS has been working in Kenya since 1965. Initial operations predominantly focused on emergency relief to help communities survive droughts and food shortages, and maternal and child health programs to help reduce high infant mortality rates. Over the years, the agency's focus has shifted from direct relief and food distribution to a comprehensive development program that works through partners and enhances local capacity. CRS programs now support children orphaned by HIV, and community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health and sanitation, and enhance agriculture.

Partners

Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops- General Secretariat
Ministry of Agriculture
Coast Inter-faith Council of Clerics

Programs

Agriculture
Disaster Response
HIV and AIDS
Microfinance
Peacebuilding
Water and Sanitation


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