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Kenya

Kenya is a stunning country, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife. Unfortunately, it is also just as well known for its poverty, lack of education, and child malnutrition.

700 people die each day from HIV/AIDS in Kenya, and infection rates for people between the ages of 15 and 49 years old is around 25% in the rural areas. Only 35% of children participate in pre-school education, and only 44% of children complete primary school.

There are many children living in slums around the country, and in the capital of Kenya. Abject poverty forces these children – as young 5 years old – to live in horrendous, unsanitary conditions. They are left wide open to sexual and physical abuse, exploitation, and malnutrition and diseases.

General Information in Kenya
Population: 31.9 million
Surface Area: 580.4 thousand sq km
Capital: Nairobi
Population Growth: 2.4% per annum
Life expectancy: 45.5
Infant mortality: 78 per 1000 live births
Rate of illiteracy: 21%

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