Kenya, located in the Great Lakes region of Southeast Africa, has one of the world’s highest population growth rates. The population has tripled in the past 35 years (41 million inhabitants), decreasing the country’s resources and leaving young people vulnerable to poverty.
While Kenya is on the path to economic increase, water resources are under pressure due to agricultural chemicals and urban and industrial wastes. Dirty water and a lack of basic sanitation are undermining efforts to end extreme poverty and disease in one of the world's poorest countries. Women and girls in Africa’s developing countries spend most of their days gathering water for their families.
Kenyans who own farmland face growing problems of soil erosion, deforestation, water pollution, and desertification. The recent drought – the most severe in independent Kenya’s history – devastated the country, leaving 3.5 million people without enough food to survive.
A few facts:
780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately 1 in 9 people.
Mothers and girls walk 3.5 miles on average each day to collect water.
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
4,100 children die every day from sickness caused by poor sanitation and hygiene.
56% of South Africans live with less than 2 dollars a day.
4 in 10 live in homes where no one is employed.
77% of South Africans live in rural homes.
2.5 million children are orphans or have lost one parent.
980 women will die every day of pregnancy-related issues.
More than 1 in 3 children under age 5 suffer from stunting as a result of malnutrition.
It has forever been my goal to travel to Africa and fully submerse myself in their culture and customs. I hold a never ceasing desire to explore and attain first hand experience and education on Kenya and more than anything with your help in funds, give back and bless others with clean water, food and other resources that are not as easily attainable.
I plan to set out on this journey in 7 months along with a website so all that help me help others can see their donation at work. Subsequent to my visit, I plan to devotedly take the steps towards creating and building a non-profit. Your contributions would lend a hand in carrying out a mission that can make a heart happier and life a little easier for the people of Kenya. Everyone should live in good health and comfort.
Any small donation would help and be greatly appreciated. “As we should all be willing to take a stand for the world's welfare, not just what benefits a specific country.”