Kenya

Photo: Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger, Kenya
Photo: Guy Calaf for Action Against Hunger, Kenya
Population
45.5 million
Human Development Index
145 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
60 employees
Program Start
2002

People Helped in 2016: 217,934

160,031
People Received Nutritional Support 
8,800
People Accessed Safe Water and Sanitation 
49,103
People Gained Economic Self Sufficiency 
Kenya has one of the strongest economies in Africa. However, progress has been uneven and a large part of the country is still underdeveloped.
 
The nation is home to more than 44 million people, 80 percent of whom live in rural areas and rely almost entirely on seasonal rainfall to make their living from small-scale farming. When the rains fail, crops fail—and people are left without a source of food or income. About 80 percent of the land in Kenya is arid or semi-arid, and nearly half of the population live below the poverty line. Adding to the strain on local resources, in 2015, Kenya supported close to 596,000 refugees from crises in the region, particularly South Sudan and Somalia.
 
 An estimated one in every four children in Kenya suffers from stunted growth from chronic undernutrition. 
 
Action Against Hunger has been working in Kenya since 2002. We currently have programs in four counties: Nairobi, West Pokot, Isiolo, and Tana River.
 

WHAT WE ACHIEVED IN 2016

Nutrition, Health, and Care Practices: 160,031

  • Strengthened local health systems and reached at-risk children with lifesaving treatment for acute undernutrition
  • Brought quality care directly to communities
  • Mobilized peer support groups for mothers and fathers to improve nutrition

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: 8,800

  • Increased the supply of clean water
  • Improved sanitation
  • Prevented the spread of cholera

Food Security, Livelihoods, and Disaster Risk Management: 49,103

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