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Capital: Nairobi

Language: English, Kiswahili

Population: 45 million

Plan International has worked in Kenya since 1982, helping poor children access their rights to health, education, sanitation and protection. Today, more than 800,000 people in community-based organizations and children’s clubs, as well as farmers, youth and women’s groups benefit from our work. Through our work, Plan International strives to reduce poverty, raise children’s voices, support orphans and vulnerable children, and attend to those with special needs.

Currently Plan International is working with communities to stop open defecation, which threatens people’s health and environment. We are using a Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, which relies on community support, focuses on behaviour change, and eliminates the need for subsidies to improve hygiene. This initiative started in Kilifi, where over 3,000 latrines have been built.

A young girl smiles in class.
A girl lines up to get water.
A young boy doing school work

Plan International's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • 25% of children are engaged in child labour
  • Many girls marry early, and one in four girls gives birth by age 18.
  • Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases like measles or diarrhea.

How your support is helping Kenya:

  • Working with communities to reduce child mortality by preventing diseases that lead to poor child development and premature death.
  • Fighting violence against children in school, at home and in the community with Plan’s Learn Without Fear initiative.
  • Helping children speak out on issues affecting their lives - through radio, video and other forms of communication.
  • Working with young people to develop their business skills and help them secure a livelihood.
  • Educating communities about the importance of sanitation and helping them to construct and maintain their own latrines.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 46% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 71 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 62 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

Common phrases in Kiswahili

Hello Jambo
How are you? Habari yako?
Thank you asante
Goodbye kwaheri
Happy Birthday Furaha ya siku ya kuzaliwa

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