Beautiful Kenya, with its vast, luscious highlands and valleys and its magical national parks lies on the equator, coasting the Indian Ocean on the East and Lake Victoria on the West.
Its capital city, Nairobi, has a population of 4 million and is one the most developed capital cities in sub-Saharan Africa. English and Swahili are the official languages spoken in Kenya though most people living in rural areas or in the slums only speak their regional dialect. Approximately 60% of Kenya’s population live in rural areas. The vast majority of Kenyans are Christians (75%) with a sizable minority of Muslims (10%) and Indigenous religions (10%).
Kenya is a low-income country and its national poverty is at 46%. That means that 46% of its population live below the national poverty line. Life expectancy at birth in Kenya is 55 years. Although Kenya is more developed than its neighbouring East African countries, the majority of its population live in the same standards of poverty as the rest of the region. For example, mortality rates as a result of infectious diseases such as HIV and TB are much higher-sometimes twice as high-than the regional rates. Death as a result of injuries is among the top ten killers of children in Kenya. Those who survive injuries are often left severely disabled with little chance of receiving adequate treatment and often remain disabled, unable to provide for themselves or their families.