Kenya

Kenya
Kenya
Kenya
An image of Kenya Where Kenya is in the world.

Kenya is famous for its huge game reserves where you can spot some of Africa’s most amazing animals. The landscape is magnificent with mountains, savannahs and the Great Rift Valley, a 4,000 mile tear in the Earth’s crust.

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Nairobi

Compassion began work in Kenya in 1980.

Swahili

Swahili is Kenya's second official language, after English.

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Jambo
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Asante
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Kwa heri

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Kenya’s Big 5

There are so many amazing Kenyan animals that they have what is known as the ‘Big 5'. These are the animals people want to see when they visit Kenya. The ’Big 5’ are lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos.

In Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city, there is a slum called Kibera. It’s thought that about a million people live there. People live in shacks with mud walls, tin roof sand dirt or concrete floors. Each shack is often home to eight or more people.

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44 million

Compassion currently has over 359 child development projects in Kenya.

Although the tourist industry is thriving thanks to the wildlife and rich culture, life is a daily battle for many Kenyans living in poverty.

More than half the population live on less than 60p a day which means they struggle to feed their families.

Many young people move to the cities in search of jobs, only to end up homeless. It’s thought that more than 250,000 children live on the streets.

All kinds of issues work together to keep Kenyan people poor, from government choices to environmental problems. Kenya has had some terrible droughts, where there has been no rain for months. Crops die and people are left without food or anything to sell.

Easily curable diseases kill many people and leave many thousands of children with no parents. Children often have to look after and support their little brothers and sisters.

Meet Odupoi as he has a go at presenting the news.

Visit Maasai Land, Kenya and meet Odupoi, who is being supported by the local church.

 

Please pray that the children of Kenya will become good leaders and help to free their country of poverty.

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Kenyan shilling

The Kenyan shilling became the main currency in Kenya in 1966.

There are over 95,312 Compassion registered children in Kenya.

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Why not write to them and mention some of the facts you’ve found here. Ask them questions about what it’s like to live in Kenya.

Typical Kenyan foods include ugali (porridge made from corn meal or millet flour), rice, chapatti (bread), maize and beans. Try making a Kenyan favourite, sukuma wiki.

Recipe: Sukuma wiki

Sukuma wiki Ingredients (adult help needed)
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of finely chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • A savoy cabbage
  • Chappattis
  1. Lightly fry the onions in oil until tender.
  2. Add tomatoes and cook for three to four minutes, then add the tomato paste and salt.
  3. Slice the leaves of the cabbage thinly and add to the tomato and onion.
  4. Cook over a medium heat for 40 minutes. You may need to add a little water.
  5. Serve with the chapattis; use the bread to pick up the sukuma.

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The Maasai people live in Kenya. They are semi-nomadic, so travel from place to place and are well-known for their outfits.

What does a lion do to steer a canoe?

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Uses his roar

Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC, BBC Nature, Wikipedia