Every child in the world has a right to nutritional food, clean drinking water, safe shelter, warm clothing, health care and an education.
Unfortunately, the majority of children in developing countries lack most of the above, if not all. Some go without a meal for days on end, while others live in slums where healthcare is non-existent.
No person, let alone a child, should be forced to struggle to survive everyday.
The Kenyan child is no exception. In addition to the above, they are up against many other odds.
- Years of drought has left thousands of people with failed crops and little to no access to drinking water. This has increased malnutrition and mortality in children.
- The 2007 post election riots left thousands of children vulnerable and abandoned after their parents and relatives were murdered by neighboring communities.
- High levels of HIV/AIDS related cases have resulted in young children being designated to the care of an elderly population, who are otherwise unable to look after them.
- Extreme levels of poverty with nearly 7.5 million people (1/4 of the population) still earning less than one dollar a day. This has resulted in high numbers of :
- Street Families
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- Teenage Pregnancy
- Child Abuse, Exploitation, Neglect and Abandonment
- And, Early Death from Preventable Diseases Such as Malaria, Cholera, TB, Typhoid and Measles. The Average Life Expectancy in Kenya is Only 53 Years Old.