Help Children in Kenya

Kenya is one of Africa’s most developed countries — it is also one of the most unequal. More than 43% of people in Kenya — many of them children — live in poverty. 

The current, devastating food crisis is forcing families who depend on livestock for their livelihoods continue to migrate in search of food and water. The situation is growing worse by the day, and many children risk losing their lives.

The Challenges for Children in Kenya

Living in poverty and facing extreme hunger and a devastating food crisis, children in Kenya need your help.*

  • 36% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 22 dies before their 5th birthday - 7 times that of the United States
  • 26% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 21% of school-age children are out of school
  • 12% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 12 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 25% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Kenya

Our Work for Children in Kenya

In response to an extreme hunger crisis, Save the Children has been on the ground in Kenya since September 2016 conducting nutritional screenings and treatments in 149 sites in four of the driest counties in the north. 

Save the Children is among the lead agencies working with Kenya’s Humanitarian Partners Team at the national level to identify, treat and prevent hunger and malnutrition.

Our teams are training health workers to identify and treat children for malnutrition and are providing infant- and child-feeding programs to mothers. We have rolled out screenings for malnutrition, reaching over 19,000 children five years old and younger, and more than 10,000 pregnant women.

In addition, we are helping keep schools and health facilities open by trucking in clean water and providing technical assistance in water, well and storage systems. And we are helping communities prepare for and prevent future crises by providing technical assistance to develop and implement response plans.

  • Protected 124,492 children from harm
  • Supported 492,174 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 175,125 children with a healthy start in life
  • Gave 231,651 children vital nourishment
  • Supported 20,820 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs

How to Help Children in Kenya

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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