Kenya is a land of intense natural beauty and bleak desolation. Lying on the eastern seaboard of Africa between Tanzania and Somalia, Kenya comprises an area slightly larger than twice the size of Nevada, ranging from sea level to over 15,000 feet at Mt. Kenya. Recurring droughts and floods during the rainy season make life there difficult for the 78% of the population that lives in rural Kenya.
Kenya’s population is slightly over 43,000,000, with almost 43% under 14 years old. AIDS and high infant mortality have contributed to 62% of the population being under 24 years old. The median age of the population is under 19 years old!
Kenya Living Conditions:
- Medical care, or rather the lack of it, contributes to the low life expectancy of the Kenyan people. Only 1 doctor is available for every 7,142 people (versus the U.S. 1 doctor for every 435 people).
- 69% of Kenyans live without “improved sanitation.”
- Risk of disease is high from food or waterborne diseases, as well as malaria, Rift Valley Fever, and rabies.
The Kenyan Economy:
- The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Kenya is $1,800 per capita. However, this is misleading because wealth is concentrated in the top tier. The 10% of the population with the lowest income represent only 1.8% of consumption, while the top 10% represent nearly 38% of consumption.
- 50% of the population lives below the poverty line.
- 75% of the population is employed in agriculture.
- 40% of the population is unemployed.
- The inflation rate is 10.1%.
- 26.5% of the population, or approximately 11.3 million people, live on less than $1 a day.
Guidelines has been involved in ministry in Africa since the late 1960’s, broadcasting a message of hope and the Gospel through radio. Since then Guidelines has partnered with Kenyan believers to provide much needed help to Kenyans “among the least of these.”
In 2000 Guidelines came alongside Freda Robinson in support of her work to provide desperately needed medical care to the poorest of the poor. Since then “Sister Freda,” as she is affectionately called by Kenyans, has been able to provide care to tens of thousands of people, many of whom would have died, with medical assistance. Read more about Sister Freda and her wonderful work here.
More recently, Guidelines came alongside Pastor John Esto who ministers to the poor of Kipsongo. You can read more about Pastor John’s work here.