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Title: Rural Kenya

  • Rural Kenya
  • marginalized by government

Kenya at a glance
  • Kenya is a country on the eastern coast of
    Africa. More than half the population lives below
    the national poverty line, and the rural poor
    have little access to education and health care
  • Population 31.9 million
  • Average life expectancy 44.6 years
  • (Life expectancy in Canada 79.3 years)
  • (Life expectancy in the United States 77.4
  • Population under the age of 15 13.4 million
  • Average yearly income 400 US
  • (Average yearly income in Canada 24,470 US)
  • (Average yearly income in the United States
    37,870 US)
  • Gross domestic product (GDP) 14.4 billion US
  • (Canadian GDP 856.5 billion US)
  • (United States GDP 10.9 trillion US)
  • Human Development Index 154/177

Kenya at a glance
  • Health and education services in Kenya do not
    meet basic human needs.
  • 79 out of every 1,000 babies die upon birth
    (versus 5 in Canada and 7 in the United States)
  • 21 of children under the age of five are
  • average life expectancy has actually decreased
    over the last three decades, from 50.9 years in
    1970-75 to the current 44.6 years in 2000-05
  • In one year
  • Kenya spends 7 of its GDP on education.
  • Canada spends about 5.2.
  • The United States spends about 5.7.
  • This means
  • Kenya spends about 31.60 per person on
  • Canada spends about 1,409 per person on
  • The United states spends about 2055.50 per
    person on education

GDP stands for gross domestic product, which
means the total market value of all the goods and
services produced within the borders of a nation
during a specified period.
Kenya at a glance Literacy rate
People aged 15 and above who can read and write
Percentage of people
The marginalized Maasai
  • The Masai Mara region in Kenya is one of the
    world's most beautiful animal and plant habitat.
  • But the Maasai people have a long history of
    marginalization and discrimination within their
    own country.
  • They have little access to education and health
    care services.

The marginalized Maasai
  • There are very few schools in the region, and
    long distances between existing schools and local
  • Maasailand has the highest primary school dropout
    rate in Kenya, mainly because of poor facilities,
    their need to tend cattle and lack of support
    from those in power.
  • Many Maasai children start their education late
    because schools are too far from their
  • Inadequate access to health services has resulted
    in increasing rates of "poverty-related" health
    issues including child mortality and infectious
  • The future of the Maasai is uncertain and their
    very existence in danger.

About Free The Children
  • Free The Children is the largest network of
    children helping children through education in
    the world, having directly impacted over one
    million children in 45 countries through our
  • The organization was founded in 1995 by Craig
    Kielburger and a group of his 12-year-old
  • The organization is the lead NGO partner with
    the United Nations Office of the Special
    Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.
  • Free The Children has been profiled on Oprah
    (four times), 60 Minutes (twice), CNN (many
    times) and in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star,
    NY Times, TIME, People, The Economist and many
    other news and print media.
  • The organization has received the Roosevelt
    Freedom Medal and the State of the World Forum
    Award. It has been nominated three times for the
    Nobel Peace Prize.

A track record of success
  • Through the voices and actions of young people,
    Free The Children has
  • Built more than 400 primary schools in Africa,
    Asia and Latin America.
  • Provided 35,000 children in the developing world
    with education every single day.
  • Shipped 9 million US worth of essential medical
    supplies to 40 countries.
  • Implemented althernative income projects,
    helping more than 20,000 poor women and their
  • Delivered 200,000 school and health kits to
    students around the world.
  • Provided 123,000 people with access to proper
    sanitation and clean water.

Free The Children in Kenya
  • Free The Children has worked in Kenya since 2000
    to rebuild entire communities by constructing
    schools and training teachers.
  • In the last five years, Free The Children has
  • built schools to provide daily education to more
    than 2,900 children aged six to 12, and
    significantly increasing the rate of girls
    attending school in the Masai Mara region
  • provided wages for teachers
  • shipped hundreds of school and health kits
  • established a mobile health clinic
  • provided the Maasai with access to safe water
    through wells and sanitation units

Free The Children project location in Kenya
How can you help?
  • Through the Adopt a Village campaign, students
    will help poor and marginalized children and
    their families meet their basic human needs.
  • This includes access to
  • primary education
  • alternative income projects
  • health care services
  • clean drinking water and proper sanitation

Education Adopt a Village
  • Education is a human right with immense power to
    transform. On its foundation rest the
    corner-stones of freedom, democracy and
    sustainable human development. Kofi Annan,
    United Nations Secretary General
  • Free The Children believes that education,
    particularly for girls, gives the highest return
    of any social investment in the developing world.
  • In the Education phase of the Adopt a Village
    campaign, you will share the gift of education
    with your peers by raising funds for
  • building schools
  • supporting teacher wages and training
  • furnishing classrooms

Poverty and child labour in Kenya
  • "That so many children should be forced to
    workand endure the hardship and abuse that so
    often comes with itis more than simply
    unacceptable. It is unconscionable. These
    children need to spend time learning and
    developing, not labouring in a desperate attempt
    simply to survive."
  • Carol Bellamy, Executive Director, UNICEF
  • In Kenya
  • 38 of childrenabout 5.1 millionare child
  • 52 of the population lives below the national
    poverty line
  • about one in four people lives on less than 1 a
  • 58 of the population lives on less than 2 per

Alternative Income Adopt a Village
  • Alternative Income projects provide poor
    families, especially women, with a source of
    income to support their families and to send
    their children to school.
  • In the Alternative Income phase of the Adopt a
    Village campaign, your fundraising efforts will
    provide families, especially women, with a
    sustainable source of income through productive
    resources like
  • milking animals (cows and goats)
  • sewing machines

Health care in Kenya
"The health of mothers and children is part of a
much bigger picture. It is the foundation of the
well-being of our societies as a whole. When a
mother or a child gets sick, that foundation is
damaged. When children die, whole generations are
weakened the very generations whose strength we
count on to overcome poverty and build a better
future for all of us." Dr. LEE Jong-wook,
Director-General, World Health Organization
About 37 of the populationwith many children
among themis malnourished and in desperate need
of basic health services.
Health Care Adopt a Village
  • Health care programs are essential to any
    community's development. Proper health care helps
    reduce the prevalence of preventable diseases and
    allows people to lead healthy and productive
  • In the Health Care phase of the Adopt a Village
    campaign, your fundraising efforts will support
  • construction of health centres
  • family and health education
  • shipping of essential medical supplies
  • nutritious lunch program

Water and sanitation in Kenya
"We shall not finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis,
malaria, or any of the other infectious diseases
that plague the developing world until we have
also won the battle for safe drinking water,
sanitation and basic health care. Kofi Annan,
United Nations Secretary-General
  • According to the United Nations Development
    Program, in 2000

This refers to daily availability of at least 20
litres per person from a sourcesuch as a
household connection, protected well or spring,
or rainwater collectionwithin one kilometre of
the dwelling. This refers to adequate human
waste disposal facilities (private or shared, but
not public) that can effectively prevent human,
animal and insect contact with the waste.
Water and Sanitation Adopt a Village
  • Clean water and sanitation projects are vital to
    develop healthy communities. Safe water and
    proper sanitation helps reduce the prevalence of
    preventable diseases.
  • In the Water and Sanitation phase of the Adopt a
    Village campaign, students will support the
    construction of
  • community wells
  • clean water systems for families

Be the difference that makes the difference!
  • Adopt a Village and help the children of Kenya!

  • For more information on how to get involved
  • in the Adopt a Village campaign,
  • please contact the Youth Programming Team
  • by calling 416.925.5894 or by e-mail at
  • Visit our website at!