Why are we in Kenya?  Kenya is ranked 152nd out of 191 countries in the latest Human Development Index, and as of 2022, 3.5 million people have been classified as food insecure. Kenya is currently coping with the effects of its worst drought in four decades, with close to one million children under the age of five acutely malnourished.

Concern's programmes in Kenya

We are committed to addressing the root causes of poverty in urban and rural programme areas by strengthening the capacity of public service providers to meet basic needs and by enhancing the income and wellbeing of the extremely poor.

Our work spans four main programme areas: Livelihoods, Disaster Risk Reduction, Education, Health and Nutrition that are underpinned by governance and advocacy and women empowerment.

Our primary focus for humanitarian emergency response is food and nutrition security, through the provision of multi-purpose cash transfers.

Concern works with people living in conditions of extreme poverty in the northern arid and semi-arid lands in Marsabit, Turkana, Isiolo, West Pokot and Tana River and the (often hidden) poor in the informal settlements of Nairobi.

Health and nutrition

Our health and nutrition programme spans five counties: Marsabit, Isiolo, Turkana, Nairobi and Tana River Counties. The programme focuses on responding to the impact of the recent drought as well as build on the previous investments on strengthening health systems, research and innovation while also providing lifesaving drought emergency interventions.



Governance and advocacy

Latest achievements


In 2022, our education programme aimed to help girls successfully finish their current stage of education and transition to a productive and positive next phase, reached 201 primary and 21 secondary schools in Nairobi and Marsabit County. The girls gained the skills, qualifications and confidence required to take control of their lives, and we supported over 13,000 students as they moved through the school system, most of them to tertiary level.

Climate smart agriculture

Drought resilience

Nuru Chudi tends to her farm in Kenya, wearing colourful patterned skirt
Nuru Chudi tends to her farm in Kenya’s Tana River County. Photo: Lisa Murray/Kerry Group
Nurse in hi-vis jacket wrapping band around arm of child in Marsabit, Kenya
An intergrated outreach site in Laisamis, Marsabit. Photo: Shaloam Strooper/Concern Worldwide
Concern staff member Tabitha speaking to CEO David Regan about water pumps in Kenya
Concern Livelihood officer Tabitha (right) shows Concern CEO David Regan how they fix water pumps in Lengima village, Marsabit. Photo: Gavin Douglas
Group of farmers digging canal in Turkana County, Kenya
Farmers in Turkana County digging a canal to allow water to reach their farms. Photo: Shaloam Strooper
Farmer Mwanajuma Ghamaharo tends to plot in Kenya
Mwanajuma Ghamaharo tends to her irrigated plot of mung beans in Makere village. Photo: Lisa Murray
Woman wearing colourful necklaces sits in doctor waiting room with her two infant sons on her lap
Engoit Lokidor with her sons Eregae and Maraka at Sasame Dispensary in Kenya's Turkana province. Photo: Lisa Murray
Kenyan pastoralist Ereng Kaleng Kalimapuse boils pot over fire
Pastoralist Ereng Kaleng Kalimapuse prepares maize for their family in Milimatatu Village. Photo: Lisa Murray

How we're helping Kenya

We are working hard to combat suffering and build resilience in Kenya. We are doing this by implementing programmes which will strengthen resilience, respond to emergencies and provide access to quality education.

Access to services
Food security
Improved governance

Michael Darragh Macauley programme visit

To announce Dublin inter-county footballer Michael Darragh Macauley becoming a Concern ambassador, the five-time All-Ireland winning star visited our education programmes in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

Alexi Lubomirski programme visit

Royal wedding photographer and Concern ambassador Alexi Lubomirski visited our education and nutrition programmes in Kenya. This video shows the inspiring people he met in Nairobi.

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