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Kenya

Basic Indicators

Source: UNICEF: The State of the World's Children Report

Population: 39,802,000 (2009)
National language: English, Kiswahili
Per capita income: US$ 770/year (2009)
Life expectancy: 55 (2009)
% of population using
improved drinking water sources:
59% (2008)
% of population using
adequate sanitation facilities:
31% (2008)
Under 5 Mortality Rate: 84/1,000 live births (2009)

Sponsor a child today! Kenya has a world-renowned collection of wildlife — including lions, rhinoceroses and elephants — much of which has been protected in national parks and reserves.

Roughly twice the size of Nevada, Kenya is located in Eastern Africa and borders Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Ethiopia to the north. It also has coastline on the Indian Ocean. With only a small amount of arable land, Kenya faces difficulties with overcrowding and overuse of farming regions.

Kenya has emerged as a financial center for Eastern Africa. While corruption and uncertain governmental procedures have harmed its reputation to some degree, Kenya remains the region's hub for financial transactions. Nearly 75 percent of the population works in agriculture, producing tea and coffee for export and corn and wheat for local consumption.

Plan's work with children and families in Kenya focuses on food security and improving farming techniques as well as children’s access to health care and education. More than 800,000 people in community-based organizations and children’s clubs, as well as farmers, youth and women’s groups benefit from our work. Except in emergency situations, Plan does not provide direct assistance. Instead, we help communities develop, grow and, ultimately, support themselves.

Hear from the children

An essential part of Plan's work is empowering children to discuss the issues that matter to them and to take part in decisions that affect their lives. To help you learn about these issues, the children in Plan communities have put together a series of publications called "See Our World": Read what the children have to say about their lives.