The people of Kenya suffer from terrible poverty in both city slums, and in remote villages. Much of this poverty can be attributed to terrible corruption, as Kenya is listed as one of the most corrupt nations on Earth. The average Kenyan pays 16 bribes a month just to survive! The systematic corruption, combined with increasing drought conditions and political unrest, makes Kenya a very difficult place for children to thrive.
The country is named after Mount Kenya, and derives from the word Kiinyaa which means, “God’s resting place.” While English and Swahili are the country’s two official languages, there are more than 70 total languages spoken, which reflect Kenya’s rich cultural and tribal history.
Childcare Worldwide has been working in Kenya since 1984, and we have more than 1,800 children in our sponsorship programs there.