A country rich in diversity.
Population: 33 Million
Mortality of children under 5: 108,000 deaths per year
Living below the poverty line: 43%
Orphans: over 2 million
Cause: POVERTY - AIDS, illness/disease,
Kenya has the third highest number of HIV/AIDS orphans in the world, estimated at 890,000.
Extreme poverty is leaving a trail of orphans in Kenya.
More than 700 Kenyans die a day from AIDS and HIV related illnesses, leaving orphaned children behind. The children are left begging in the streets or scavenging garbage dumps in search of food scraps. Many orphans die from malnutrition and disease, while some sniff glue to ease the hunger pains, and others turn to child prostitution as a means of survival.
Sadly, another crisis is happening in Kenya. Infant abandonment. Babies are left in hospitals, in garbage dumps, on door steps, in ditches, tied up in plastics bags, and even thrown down pit latrines.
These babies often die from exposure to the elements, hypothermia, dehydration or malnutrition.
Why is this happening? Simply - Poverty.
Poverty= Lack of education, and lack of resources to care for a child.
Education is the stepping stone for future generations to be released from poverty. Child sponsorship allows these children to not only be cared for in a safe and loving environment, but it also gives them a brighter future through education.