Why work in Kenya?

16.8 million people (37%) in Kenya don’t have access to safe water²

31.9 million people (70%) in Kenya don’t have access to adequate sanitation²

Over 6434 children die every year from inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene³

Kenya is a chronically water-scarce country, with large parts of the land classified as arid or semi-arid, and prone to severe drought. This leads to food scarcity and poverty. A lack of infrastructure, a growing population and climate change have contributed to worsening conditions. 42% of the population lives below the poverty line. Years of drought have had a serious impact on children, increasing malnutrition rates, morbidity and mortality.

Although Kenya has biannual rainy seasons, rains fall so heavily in such a short period of time that surface run off is high. WASH solutions in Kenya address capturing this source of clean water, and storing it for long-term use. 

² WHO/UNICEF JMP report 2015 (based on estimates on the use of water sources and sanitation facilities)
³ Global Health Observatory, 2012 (http://apps.who.int/gho/data/view.main.INADEQUATEWSHv)

What We Do in Kenya

In Kenya, we support the creation of sustainable, water and food secure communities in the semi-arid areas of Makueni, Machakos and Kitui. 

Communities in marginalised, rural areas form Self Help Groups (SHGs), which we support to harvest and conserve water through the construction of sand dams and rainwater catchment projects: rock catchments and school water tanks.  We also work with SHGs and schools to provide hygiene training.

In Kenya, we support soil and water conservation food security programmes, as with a stable source of nutritious food, the health of the whole community improves. Excess crops can be traded to provide an income, transforming a community's prospects. 

Discover more about our individual Kenyan projects on our Project Map.


Background Kenya

Capital: Nairobi

Population: 45.5 Million¹

Area: 581,309 km2

Other Main Cities: Mombasa, Garissa, Kisumu

HDI Index: 145/186¹ (Low Human Development)

Life expectancy at birth: 62 years¹

Under-five Mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 70.7¹

Population living below income poverty line, PPP $1.25 a day (%): 43.4% 

¹ UNDP 2015 HDR report (http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/ZMB)