Located in East Africa, Kenya’s population currently stands at 47 million, 75-80% of whom live in rural areas and depend on either subsistence agriculture or livestock for their livelihoods. Kenya faces a high dependency burden which places pressing demands on social services including education and healthcare. Food insecurity and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs in Northern Kenya remain extremely high and are exacerbated by cyclic droughts.
World Relief's work in Kenya began with an HIV/AIDS prevention program and grew to include initiatives in peacebuilding, savings, agriculture, nutrition, church empowerment and disaster response. Along with providing immediate disaster relief to areas suffering from drought, livestock disease and food shortages, World Relief's programs in Kenya have now transitioned to focus on long-term, integrated programs focused on sustainable agriculture, access to water, nutrition, food security, savings and health interventions.