Our programs serve the children of Nyakongo zone in Rachuonyo district of Kendu Bay, Kenya. Fewer than 50% of all children in this region successfully complete primary education. The dropout rate is highest among girls; more than 70% do not finish grade eight.
Rachuonyo region is one of the poorest and most marginalized districts in Kenya. The 2006 national poverty index places this district in the bottom five out of 222 constituencies in the nation. Over 70% of the population lives on less than one dollar a day. The average life expectancy here is 38 years; the national average is 52 years. HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the district is 25% compared to the nation average of 6.7%, while under-age-five mortality is among the highest in the world, at 250/1000 live births, mostly from vaccine-preventable diseases.
While these statistics may appear daunting, Kenya Self Help Project and its Kendu Bay partners have identified fundamental areas where assistance from generous and caring donors can make an immediate and long-term impact to reverse these cycles while promoting self-sufficiency and community participation.