Kenya

Why are we in Kenya? The latest poverty data from The World Bank indicates that 36% of people in Kenya are still living below the poverty line, while youth unemployment stands at 39%. Concern’s work is concentrated where most of Kenya’s poor live: in rural, arid and semi-arid lands in the north, as well as in the informal settlements of Nairobi.

A significant proportion of Kenya’s population lacks access to basic services such as education, health, electricity and safe drinking water

Climate change continues to seriously impact the poor in rural areas, with Kenya regularly experiencing devastating droughts. Politically, devolution of power has been extended to county level, however implementation still faces key challenges. 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.

Latest achievements

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Citizen engagement

In the arid lands of northern Kenya, strengthening citizen engagement in pasture and water management is playing a critical role. This is facilitating greater contact between remote and poor communities along with veterinary and agricultural workers.

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Health and nutrition

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Emergency detection

Sako (14) received a back to school kit including books, soap, uniform, shoes, school supplies and solar lamps from Concern Worldwide, Maikona Primary School, Maikona, Kenya. Photo: Jennifer Nolan/ Concern Worldwide.
Sako from Maikona Primary School, Maikona, Kenya. Photo: Jennifer Nolan/ Concern Worldwide.
Mum-of-three Scholastica Mbinya (31) with her youngest child, Francisca. Photo: Peter Caton/ Concern Worldwide.
Scholastica Mbinya (31) with her youngest child, Francisca. Photo: Peter Caton/ Concern Worldwide.
Six-year-old Bilach Dabelo, her mother Robe and baby Isacko are attending Basbalesa Health Centre for health and hygiene education. Photo: Jennifer Nolan/ Concern Worldwide.
Bilach, her mother Robe and baby Isacko. Photo: Jennifer Nolan/ Concern Worldwide.
5-year-old Jillo Arere of Tari Adhi, Marsabit, Kenya. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.
5-year-old Jillo Arere of Tari Adhi, Marsabit, Kenya. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.
Nalois Lepile with some of the women who have been part of the community conversations project in Marsabit county, Kenya. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.
Nalois Lepile with some of the women who have been part of the community conversations project in Marsabit county, Kenya. Photo: Kieran McConville / Concern Worldwide.

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.

How we're helping Kenya

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

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