CRS in Kenya
A drought in Eastern Africa has left millions in Kenya and Somalia facing chronic hunger. Hundreds of thousands of children are acutely malnourished and need urgent nutritional support. Catholic Relief Services is responding with emergency food aid, water and vocational training for the most vulnerable people, including those who have been displaced from their homes.
A rising economic force in Africa, Kenya is also a growing business hub for East Africa. Yet as 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 42 ethnic groups. Those ties create strong social bonds that at times lead to conflict.
More than half of Kenya's people live below the poverty line. Most Kenyans are family farmers and many are unable to get enough safe, 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.
To help Kenyans overcome these challenges, CRS Kenya empowers local partners across sectors to build community resilience and prosperity through practical, evidence-based programs.
Country News and Stories
March 6, 2017
Famine Threatens East Africa
Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya fear worsening conditions as tenacious drought and conflict continue to pummel the region.
August 10, 2016
First-Ever Refugee Team Joins Summer Olympics
This small team competes on behalf of the world’s 65 million refugees.
January 8, 2016
Children Under 5 THRIVE in East Africa
Numbers show across-the-board increases in key phases of early childhood development.
December 22, 2015
Raising the Score in Early Childhood Development
Religious sisters expand outreach to children in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.
CRS' History in Kenya
CRS has been working in Kenya since 1965. Initial operations focused on emergency relief following droughts and food shortages. We also established maternal and child health programs to help reduce high infant mortality rates. Over the years, the agency's focus has shifted to a comprehensive development program that works through partners and strengthens local capacity. CRS programs support children orphaned by HIV, build community-based efforts to increase household incomes, improve family health and sanitation, and enhance agriculture.