In Kenya, protecting against a silent killer
NAIROBI, Kenya, 2 June 2014 – Aliaphonse Arite is a bit nervous. The 15-year-old girl is about to be vaccinated against tetanus for the first time. “My teacher told me about tetanus,” she says. “It is very important to be vaccinated against it.”
Kenya intensifies efforts to fight polio
DADAAB, Kenya, 26 February 2014 – The Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya as well as neighbouring host communities have for the first time conducted a co-administration of oral and inactivated polio vaccine campaign, along with vitamin A supplementation. More than 530,000 children under age 5 were vaccinated in December with oral polio vaccine (OPV), while 120,000 children under 5 received inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).
Schoolchildren in Kenya take the fight against polio into their communities
NAIROBI, Kenya, 24 December 2013 – In a nationwide campaign, more than 8 million children in Kenya were vaccinated against polio in November. For this, some of them have their fellow students to thank.
In Kenya, a child helpline proves a lifeline for a young victim of rape, and her family
Kenya, 20 November 2013 – This year, a four-year legal battle ended. The man who had raped Christine* when she was 14 years old – a man who had been a teacher at her school – was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Kenya study looks at the growing community of young Internet users
NAIROBI, Kenya, 30 September 2013 – Mary, 16, and Portia*, 17, live in Kawangware, a low-income neighbourhood in Nairobi. Neither attends school – Portia is looking after her older sister’s baby, and Mary is studying to become a hairdresser. Nonetheless, both have mobile phones and started using Facebook about seven months ago.
Efforts to contain polio outbreak intensify around Kenyan refugee camp
DADAAB, Kenya, 5 September 2013 – Sitting comfortably in her mother’s lap, 7-month-old Fatuma is playful and content. Her eyes are bright and curious, studying each visitor entering the room. But her legs appear unusual – they have not moved a bit, and her tiny feet are dropping almost 90 degrees to each side.
In Kenya, educating nomadic pastoralist children with low-cost schools
TURKANA, Kenya, 20 February 2013 – Eight-year-old Peter Ekutan and his brother, 7-year-old Emanuel Lowar, had never been to school. They tended their father’s goats in a remote village in Turkana County, northwestern Kenya, unaware that other children were in class getting an education.
NBA stars fight polio in northern Kenya
NORTHERN KENYA, 2 January 2013 – A group of professional basketball players from the United States National Basketball Association visited Kenya and learned first-hand about eradicating polio.
The classroom offers a 13-year-old Somali refugee sanctuary from the rigours of life in Kenya's Dadaab camp
DADAAB, Kenya, 27 December 2012 – Hawa Osman, 13, never attended school until she arrived at what’s described as the world's largest refugee camp, here in northeast Kenya.
Aid in the form of cash payments helps young Kenyans break the cycle of poverty
NAIROBI, Kenya, 24 December 2012 – Caroline Adhiambo Mula’s father had died years earlier, and money had always been a problem. The family struggled month to month.
A well offers hope for the future in rural Kenya
DADAAB, Kenya, 20 December 2012 – It’s been years since Fatima Suthi has seen rain. The 51-year-old mother of eight lives near the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya.
For villages in Turkana, Kenya, a new initiative that brings clean water to the community is life-changing
TURKANA, Kenya, 29 November 2012 - At Namukuse Village, in Turkana Central District, northwestern Kenya, sandy landscape leads to the shores of Lake Turkana. The lake is the fourth largest in Africa and a source of livelihood for the fishing community that lives along its shores.
In Kenya, minors find essential care in a refugee camp supported by UNICEF
DADAAB, Kenya, 12 October 2012 - The world’s most populated refugee settlement is in Dadaab, North Eastern Province, Kenya. The Dadaab refugee complex comprises Dagahaley, Hagadera, Ifo, Ifo II and Kambioos refugee camps, with a total population of more than 470,000, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
In Kenya, maternal shelters are part of a broad package of care designed to reduce child mortality
GARISSA, Kenya, 14 June 2012 – The moment the labour pains set in for Shagaa Issack, the caretaker shifted her full attention to the mother. The caretaker, at the maternal shelter in Kenya’s North Eastern Province, helped Ms. Issack slowly make her way to the Garissa Provincial General Hospital, just 300 metres away.
Children living in Nairobi's informal settlements lack access to basic services and opportunities
NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 March 2012 – As his peers in Korogocho, an informal settlement in Nairobi, leave for school, 15-year-old John Kinuthia sets off too. But instead of heading to school, he walks half a kilometre to the city’s largest dumpsite to eke out a living.
In Kenya, school offers meals, shelter, education and hope
TURKANA District, Kenya, 16 December 2011 – Gabriel Ekalale, the head teacher of Napuu Primary School in the north-western Turkana District, proudly displays the certificates and awards his school has received. There is one for ‘most disciplined school’, another celebrating the school’s achievements in national exams, and many more for participation in culture, music, tourism and environmental activities.
Mobile school is the answer to a Turkana girl’s prayers
TURKANA COUNTY, Kenya, 5 December 2011 – Rebecca Ekusi remembers what life was like before she came to Kalokutanyang Mobile School. In those days, she spent her days tending her family’s goats as they grazed in the vast, semi-arid expanse of Turkana, north-western Kenya.
Ekalale’s story: Health outreach saves lives in Turkana, north-west Kenya
TURKANA COUNTY, Kenya, 17 November 2011 – Akal Longor has brought her son Ekalale on one of their regular visits to the Kakwanyang Dispensary and health outreach centre. Ekalale is about a year old and small for his age, but he smiles and even takes a few steps when his mother sets him down on the floor. He is recovering from severe acute malnutrition.
UNICEF-supported initiative aims to make girls’ education a priority in Kenya
TURKANA DISTRICT, Kenya, 11 November 2011- Lowa Lokopu, lost her husband four years ago after he fell ill. Forced to take up the responsibility of running a family alone, she struggles to provide for her five children.
Seasonal rains are a mixed blessing for parched north-eastern Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 26 October 2011 – The rain has begun on schedule in north-eastern Kenya, bringing the first real precipitation that many people in the semi-arid region have seen for months, if not years. But while eagerly anticipated, it’s both a blessing and a curse.
Field diary: Saving lives in the Horn of Africa, one child at a time
NAIROBI, Kenya, 18 October 2011 – In one way or another, every UNICEF staff member around the world is in the business of saving lives. For those who work directly with children and families in health, nutrition and protection programmes, the results are often tangible: a baby immunized against measles, a mother protected from tetanus, one child rehydrated after a dangerous bout of diarrhoea, another rescued from the front lines of armed conflict.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors make an appeal for continued support in the Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 6 October 2011 – Goodwill Ambassadors Yuna Kim, Serena Williams, Ishmael Beah and Angelique Kidjo are making an appeal for continued support in the Horn of Africa, utilizing social media to distribute a new series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) which call on their fans to engage in the ongoing effort to end this devastating crisis.
Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Rethinking the humanitarian response
NAIROBI, Kenya, 5 October 2011 – In an urgent response to famine in parts of Somalia and food insecurity throughout the Horn of Africa, UNICEF and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) this week convened an in-depth briefing on ending the crisis and averting similar catastrophes in the future.
‘Water is our life’ – Pastoralists adapt to village life in drought-stricken north-eastern Kenya
DADAAB, Kenya, 3 October 2011 – “The last time I saw rain was five years ago,” says Fatima Suthi, a 50-year-old mother of eight living in Labisigale village, 15 km from Dadaab town in north-eastern Kenya. Host to over 400,000 refugees from Somalia in three camps, Dadaab is now considered the most populous refugee settlement in the world.
Ali’s story: In drought-ravaged Kenya, education is the key to a brighter future
WAJIR, Kenya, 26 September – 2011 - In a futile attempt to save the last of the goats, Ali Yusef Omar, 16, and one of his younger sisters had no other option but to feed the ravenous animals handfuls of shredded-up cardboard boxes they had scavenged from the local town. Kept in a make-shift pen made of thorn bushes, only three remain out of a herd that had once numbered two hundred.
In Kenyan camps, vaccine protects Somali refugee children from killer pneumonia
DADAAB, Kenya, 14 September 2011 – About six months ago, Kenya was one of the first countries in Africa to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine, and children now have access to this life-saving intervention through routine immunization in the Dadaab refugee camps in the north-east of the country.
Aden’s story revisited: One child’s journey of survival from Somalia to Kenya
DADAAB, Kenya, 14 September 2011 – Six weeks ago, a three-year-old boy’s desperately worried father brought him to the nutrition stabilization centre at the Hagadera refugee camp here in Dadaab, north-eastern Kenya. Like many children arriving at the UNICEF-supported facility, he was close to death – malnourished, dehydrated and suffering from respiratory infections.
Podcast #45: Ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa threatens the new school year
NEW YORK, USA, 12 September 2011 - As the emergency escalates throughout the Horn of Africa, the numbers of those in crisis continue to grow. Currently, 13.3 million people in the region are in need of humanitarian assistance. Somalia is the worst-affected country, with more than 750,000 people at risk of death.
With water scarce, innovative solutions in Kenya
WAJIR, Kenya, 12 September 2011 - At the side of the road in one of the most remote parts of Wajir in north east Kenya, a flurry of activity buzzed around a covered water tank.
For Somali refugee children in Kenya, the new school year offers a fresh start
DADAAB, Kenya, 9 September 2011 – For children around the world, the end of the school holidays usually comes with mixed feelings. That was surely the case as schools re-opened their doors this week in the Dadaab refugee camps in north-eastern Kenya.
Kenyan schools struggle to cope with influx of children displaced by drought
GARISSA, Kenya, 8 September 2011 – Dekha Mohamed Noor, 15, has not seen her family for more than a month. At the end of July, after schools closed for the August holidays, they sent her to live with a relative in Garissa, a bustling commercial hub 165 km west of her home village, Modogashe. The drought in north-eastern Kenya and much of the Horn of Africa had decimated their livestock, throwing the family into a desperate scramble for survival.
Goodwill Ambassador Youssou N'Dour meets Somali refugee children in Dadaab, Kenya
DADAAB, Kenya, 7 September 2011 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Youssou N’Dour met children in the Dadaab refugee camps in north-eastern Kenya earlier this week, hearing for himself some of the many stories of suffering amongst the more than 435,000 people who have fled to the camps to escape famine, drought and insecurity in Somalia.
Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow issues urgent appeal after visiting Somali refugees
NEW YORK, USA, 30 August 2011 – “Something huge is happening, and it’s terrible,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow after visiting the world’s largest refugee settlement in Dadaab, north-eastern Kenya.
In a Kenyan district hard-hit by drought, children survive on one meal a day
WAJIR DISTRICT, Kenya, 26 August 2011 – Either let through by the bigger children, or squeezing through unnoticed, many of the smallest were at the front when head teacher Habiba Mohamed Shuriye gave the order to serve the lunch. Their assortment of bowls, cups and jugs – held out by small, eager hands – were first to be filled from the vats of steaming porridge.
In Kenya, families struggle to cope with loss amidst drought
WAJIR DISTRICT, Kenya, 22 August 2011— Inside the camp settlements that have mushroomed around towns like Wajir, men are conspicuously missing. As drought ravages the vast and barren expanse of northern Kenya, decimating livestock and displacing hundreds of pastoralist communities, rather than stay in the settlements, the men have opted to salvage whatever little livestock is left by scouring the arid ranges of northern Kenya and sometimes southern Somalia in search of water and pasture. Leaving behind their families, they hope the government and aid agencies will fill the void.
In Kenya’s refugee camps, hygiene promotion aims to prevent disease by changing behaviour
DADAAB, Kenya, 18 August 2011- It is early morning amidst the shelters of Hagadera refugee camp in north-eastern Kenya, and Mohamed Shorie, 22, is already at work promoting the benefits of hygiene. Surrounded by three families from Block B 0C, in what seems just a matter of seconds, at least 20 more people arrive, most of them women and children, curious to hear what he has to say.
New pipeline brings hope to drought-affected communities in Kenya
TURKANA DISTRICT, Kenya, 16 August 2011 - In the middle of the dry river bed, children and adults alike worked to collect water from the dirty puddle at the bottom of the pit. Taking small, quick scoops in order to avoid the grit, the group patiently gathered just enough water for drinking. Without sediment, the water looked clean, but no amount of diligence could get rid of its saltiness or the fluoride contamination which makes this water barely potable.
One mother’s hopes and fears in drought-stricken Kenya
DADAAB, Kenya, 15 August 2011- When the skies fill with a grey blanket of thick clouds and the wind blows hard, anywhere else in the world would be expecting rain – but Dadaab, the sprawl of refugee camps approximately 100 km from the Somali border, is not anywhere else in the world, and there is little chance of rainfall here in this drought-hit region of East Africa.
UNICEF provides life-saving emergency nutrition intervention to drought-affected communities in Kenya
TURKANA DISTRICT, Kenya, 15 August 2011- At the paediatric ward in Lodwar District Hospital, the persistent rasping sound of babies coughing slashes through the stillness in the room. Admitted with a variety of different ailments, the toddlers and infants occupying beds at this unit in the northwest of Kenya all have one thing in common - malnourishment caused by the drought.
Mobile Schools aim to ensure education in Kenya
NASIGER, Kenya, 11 August 2011 – Across this vast and semi-arid north-western corner of Kenya, threatened by alarmingly high malnutrition rates, live the Turkana, a traditional ethnic group who work the dry plains as shepherds. In a valley of microclimates, when water and green brush run dry and brown, the communities move on foot to new areas - roaming for life’s essentials.
Field diary: At a refugee camp in Kenya, a father's devotion helps his young son survive
DADAAB, Kenya, 3 August 2011 – Most of the Somali refugees crossing into Kenya to escape drought and conflict are women and children. Many of the families I see queuing at the Dadaab refugee reception centres are headed by mothers, grandmothers and older sisters. I often wonder where all the men have gone.
Immunization reduces threat of disease outbreaks around refugee camps in Kenya
DADAAB, Kenya, 2 August – At Malayley on the outskirts of the massive Dadaab refugee settlement in Kenya’s North Eastern Province, screams pierce the air as children receive their measles vaccinations with the jab of a needle. Those next in line cling fearfully to their parents, one cry triggering another. But to their mothers and fathers, who know too well the value of the vital injection, the campaign is welcome.
A greater humanitarian response is needed as crisis deepens in the Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 5 August 2011 – As the crisis in the Horn of Africa deepens, the United Nations has warned that all of southern Somalia could slip into famine in the next two months. Just this week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs declared that three new areas in Somalia have deteriorated into a famine situation.
Immunization campaign reaches vulnerable children at Kenya-Somalia border
LIBOI, Kenya, 29 July 2011 – At first glance, Liboi, a dusty town on the Kenya-Somalia border, provides little cause for hope. Look more closely, however, and you find vaccination teams, including community health workers and village elders, working at full force to deliver life-saving immunization to children under the age of five.
Field diary: The road to Dadaab
DADAAB, Kenya, 25 July 2011 – Driving the nearly 100 kilometre sand road from the Somali border to the refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya, is like an otherworldly odyssey across an arid landscape seemingly devoid of life.
UNICEF Executive Director meets villagers in drought-stricken Turkana, Kenya
TURKANA DISTRICT, Kenya, 18 JULY 2011 – A typically warm Turkana welcome greeted UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake when he visited the village of Kapua in north-western Kenya this weekend.
Amidst regional drought, malnutrition imperils thousands of refugee children in Dadaab, Kenya
DADAAB, Kenya, 15 July 2011 – Along with hundreds of other recent arrivals from neighbouring Somalia, five-day-old Isha, her five siblings and their parents wait in a queue at the sprawling Dadaab refugee settlement here in north-eastern Kenya.
Field diary: Somali refugee, 14, waits for her life to begin again in Dadaab, Kenya
DADAAB, Kenya, 12 July 2011 – It was at Block N-Zero in Ifo camp that I first saw her. This is the camp where some of the new arrivals first settle. Her young face was hidden by the headdress that she wore.
UNICEF responds to Horn of Africa food crisis that has left 2 million children malnourished
DADAAB, Kenya, 11 July 2011 – It was a difficult decision, but in the end Hawa Issak decided to leave her home. The drought had destroyed her family’s livelihood, her husband had left her and she was pregnant. She did not see any future in southern Somalia’s Gedo Region, so she joined up with six other families, hoping to find help in neighbouring Kenya.
Amidst the region's worst drought in decades, Somali refugees crowd camps in Kenya
NEW YORK, USA, 11 July 2011– Hundreds of thousands of refugees are overwhelming camps in Dadaab, north-eastern Kenya, where they are seeking a haven from drought and conflict in neighbouring Somalia.
Millions need urgent aid amidst drought, conflict and food crisis in the Horn of Africa
NAIROBI, Kenya, 5 July 2011 – More than 10 million people across the Horn of Africa are in dire need of humanitarian assistance due to a deadly combination of drought, escalating food prices and armed conflict. Among the most vulnerable are 2 million children under the age of five in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.
UNICEF and European Union respond as climate change alters lives in Kenya and Ethiopia
NEW YORK, USA, 24 May 2011 – Climate change seems to be blighting large parts of Africa. The effects are more pronounced than in the industrialized world, and people in developing nations are less able to deal with them.
Launch of pneumococcal vaccine initiative aims to protect thousands in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 February 2011 - The pneumococcal vaccine was launched this week by Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki at a colourful ceremony in the nation’s capital of Nairobi. The free vaccine will be administered to all children under twelve months of age; protecting thousands of children across the country.
Child Friendly School manual outlines a brighter future for Kenyan children through education
NAIROBI, Kenya, 7 February 2011 - The foundation for key improvements in the quality of teaching and learning was laid in Kenya with the launch of the manual on implementation of the Child Friendly School concept.
Mother-Baby Pack launched to prevent HIV transmission in Kenya
KISIMU, Kenya, 1 November 2010 – During the better days of her marriage, Jacklin Akinyi Odongo gave her daughter the name Amor. What she experienced after confessing to her husband that she was HIV-positive, however, had nothing to do with love. Beaten up and abandoned, Ms. Odongo took refuge with friends.
Executive Director Anthony Lake helps roll out UNICEF's Mother-Baby Pack in Kenya
NEW YORK, USA, 29 October 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake arrived in Kenya this morning to help launch a new campaign along with the Kenyan Government and its partners – namely, the Maisha Zone initiative to create a zone free of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in two provinces.
UNICEF’s innovative Mother-Baby-Pack launches in Kenya
NEW YORK, USA, 28 October 2010 – The scheduled launch of UNICEF’s Mother-Baby Pack in Kenya tomorrow marks the moment when this innovation for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission begins to fulfil its potential to save lives in the developing world.
In Kenya, women take the lead in water provision and management
LOLPULELEI, Kenya, 21 September, 2010 – Zebras and elephants roam among the cattle and goats. Lolpulelei is 200 km from the nearest tar road and the preoccupations of the pastoralists who live here are a million miles from the busy minds of politicians in faraway Nairobi. Yet teacher Mary Kaoni’s day is every bit as hectic as theirs.
UNICEF statistics expert honoured for research on the needs of children affected by AIDS
VIENNA, Austria, 22 July 2010 – When UNICEF statistics expert Dr. Priscilla Akwara looked at the usual ways of assessing a child’s vulnerability in the face of HIV and AIDS, what she saw wasn’t true to her own experience. And so, collaborating with nine co-authors, she became a detective, combing through data to find out which factors can reliably be seen to make a child vulnerable.
Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa makes field visit to Kenya
KISUMU, Kenya, 12 April 2010 – At age 22, Judith Siji already has three children of her own and a stepson. When her husband died from AIDS-related causes several years ago, she had to shoulder the burden of supporting the entire family.
Global event brings the urgent need for safe water into focus
NEW YORK, USA, 22 March 2010 – Three quarters of the planet is covered by water, yet only about one per cent is available for human agricultural, manufacturing, community and personal use. This year’s World Water Day theme – ‘Clean Water for a Healthy World’ – aims to raise awareness and spur action on improving water quality worldwide.
'We Matter': Kenyan young people analyze their current status and look to future
NAIROBI, Kenya, 11 March 2010 – Kenyan young people have been given a say in the future of their country, following the divisive and violent riots that took place in the aftermath of the disputed 2008 elections.
Kenyan TV drama, ‘Shuga’, entertains as it raises AIDS awareness
NEW YORK, USA, 27 January 2010 – Partnerships play a vital role in UNICEF’s efforts against the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. When it comes to delivering messages about HIV prevention, the organization’s work with media and entertainment partners such as MTV provides a valuable – and credible – connection to young audiences.
Kenyan children celebrate 20 years of the CRC with ‘Run for our Rights’
NAIROBI, Kenya, 25 November 2009 – Approximately 300 Kenyan children sprinted through the busy streets of downtown Nairobi this week, chanting the phrase “our rights!” at the ‘Run for our Rights’ event marking the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
Food and nutrition insecurity deepens in the Horn of Africa as heavy rains are predicted
ISIOLO, Kenya, 16 October 2009 – Underneath the blazing sun, pastoralists Ekwam Joseph, 20, and his younger brother, Ekai Francis, 11, herd their cattle through a land that is covered with anything but green pasture.
Experts call for urgent action on PMTCT and Paediatric HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa
NAIROBI, Kenya, 4 June 2009 – In 2007, there were 2.7 million new cases of HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the recent Regional Consultation on Accelerating Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Paediatric Care and Treatment, governments of nine countries with high HIV prevalence were urged to take immediate action to expand and strengthen existing PMTCT services, as well as to increase treatment to infected mothers and children.
UNICEF and ECHO help victims of election violence rebuild their lives in Kenya
ELDORET, Kenya, 14 May 2009 – Grace Githinji has a small garden in Eldoret, in central Kenya, where she grows cabbages, kale and corn. This is the region that produces most of Kenya’s food, and her crops are thriving in the rich red soil.
`GameChangers’ winners announced: Supporting girls and women through sport
NEW YORK, USA, 6 May 2009 – For the second consecutive year, UNICEF has supported an online sport-for-development competition organized by Ashoka, an international network of social entrepreneurs, and sponsored by Nike. The winners were announced recently.
UNICEF and ECHO combat effects of drought in northern Kenya
LOKICHOGGIO, Kenya, 17 April 2009 – Life is a constant struggle for the nomadic Turkana people of northern Kenya. This remote, vast and impoverished region has suffered severely from drought in recent years.
Executive Board delegation visits urban and rural projects in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 13 March 2009 – The members of the Bureau of the UNICEF Executive Board have concluded a weeklong field visit to Kenya, where they observed huge disparities in education and health care in the country.
Deputy Executive Director Hilde F. Johnson asks donors to ‘step up to the plate’ with support
NAIROBI, Kenya, 4 December 2008 – UNICEF has appealed for funds to help support families in the Dadaab camp in North Eastern Kenya who have fled worsening conflict in Somalia.
Joachim Chissano launches The State of Africa’s Children 2008 Report in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 25 November 2008 – Former President of Mozambique Joachim Aberto Chissano launched The State of Africa’s Children 2008 Report, which was globally launched in May, in Kenya today.
Poverty drives Kenyan girls into sex work
MOMBASA, Kenya, 24 November 2008 — ‘Susan’ (not her real name) has been working as a prostitute since she was fourteen years old. She was forced into the business after her father’s death.
Drought threatens child health and survival in northern Kenya
TURKANA, Kenya, 31 October 2008 – Turkana district in northern Kenya is on the brink of disaster. There's been no rain for months, the forecast is grim and thousands of children are at risk.
UNICEF programme helps displaced children living on their own in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 September 2008 – Grace Mumbi, 14, is the youngest of five children. Her parents are farmers living on Rironi farm in Kenya’s Rift Valley province. Unlike her Standard Eight classmates at St. Mary’s Primary School, Grace does not go home to her family at the end of the school day. For the last three months, she has been living on her own in a single room in Molo town.
Former child soldier Emmanuel Jal is now a hip hop star with a message of peace
NEW YORK, USA, 25 August 2008 – Over a decade has passed since Sudanese hip hop star Emmanuel Jal was a child soldier. He survived to tell his story and is now an acclaimed international musician with a message of peace.
UNICEF-supported outreach brings free health services to Kenyan families
NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 June 2008 – Agnes Mangolo smiled proudly as she lifted her five-month-old daughter, Elizabeth, off the scale at the clinic at Mbita Primary School in the Kinango district of Kenya’s Coast Province. The nutritionist had just confirmed that the child’s weight was within the recommended levels for her age.
Fatuma’s Digital Diary: Girls’ education in Kenya’s largest slum
KIBERA, Kenya, 4 April 2008 – Kibera is Kenya's largest slum, right in the heart of the capital city, Nairobi. The slum's million-plus inhabitants struggle with extraordinary poverty and high crime rates. As is true throughout Kenya, the vast majority of Kibera's residents are under the age of 30, and less than half of the district's youths ever begin secondary school.
Kenyan leaders sign power-sharing agreement as children hope for peace
NEW YORK, USA, 29 February 2008 – Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odiniga yesterday signed a power-sharing agreement to restore peace to a country that has been engulfed by violence since the disputed presidential elections there in December.
UNICEF tent schools provide sanctuary for Kenyan children displaced by violence
NAKURU, Kenya, 19 February 2008 – When Yvonne’s family fled the violence that ravaged their village, the eight-year-old lost her home, her precious plastic necklace, her school uniform and her classroom.
UNICEF appeals for $6.6 million to help those affected by post-election violence
NEW YORK, USA, 30 January 2008 – UNICEF has appealed for $6.6 million to protect women and children as post-election violence increases in Kenya.
Following post-election conflict, thousands of children miss the first day of school
NAIROBI, Kenya, 24 January 2008 – The violence that erupted in the aftermath of last year’s disputed presidential elections has made life chaotic for many in Kenya.
Promoting child’s health through the routine use of local health centres
NAIROBI, Kenya, 18 January 2008 – A comprehensive initiative to protect children’s health was launched recently in Kenya. ‘Malezi Bora’, which means ‘Good Nurturing’, is making health services more accessible for expectant mothers and children under five.
Providing help for families displaced by civil unrest in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 January, 2008 – An estimated 250,000 Kenyans remain displaced following civil unrest that began shortly after the announcement of national election results on 27 December sparked a wave of rioting in the capital and other areas.
Violence subsides but families remain displaced in post-election Kenya
NEW YORK, USA, 11 January 2008 – The effects of post-election violence in Kenya continue to reverberate throughout the country. An estimated 250,000 people have fled their homes and are in need of food, shelter housing and essential medicines.
Waiving maternity fees improves prospects for Kenyan women and children
KWALE, Kenya, 8 January 2007 – New mother Rehema Juma sits impatiently on a small bed in the Maternity Ward at Mswambweni Hospital. Her newborn baby rests on her lap, wrapped in brightly coloured traditional ‘kikoi’ cloth. For days now, she has been waiting to go home.
One girl’s story: Fatuma, 22, reports from Kenya's post-election conflict
KIBERA, Kenya, 2 January 2008 – At least 300 people have died in the violence that erupted in the wake of last week’s disputed election in Kenya. Much of the unrest has centred around Kibera, a slum outside of Nairobi.
UNICEF Kenya brings children’s issues to election campaign platform
NAIROBI, Kenya, 17 December 2007 – Four hundred children, their teachers and UNICEF staff members brought a section of Kenya’s capital to a standstill as they marched through the streets with music and banners proclaiming their arrival.
Fatuma’s Digital Diary: Daily life for girls in the slums of Kenya
NEW YORK, USA, 24 October 2007 – Fatuma Roba, 21, lives in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Deeply concerned about the rights of girls and women, she is a founding member of the Binti Pamoja group – a girls’ centre in her community.
Kenya training session is a milestone for community-based newborn care in Africa
NAIROBI, Kenya, 26 June 2007 – Twenty-year-old Evelyn Katunge doesn’t know what killed her babies. In April 2005, with the help of birth attendants in her Majengo home, a sprawling slum near downtown Nairobi, she gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. Her joy, however, was cruelly shattered when her first baby died within hours, soon followed by her other baby.
At regional launch of violence study, Kenyan children say ‘no’ to corporal punishment
NAIROBI, Kenya, 31 May 2007 – The UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children has been launched here by Kenyan Vice-President Moody Awori at an event attended by donors, non-governmental organization representatives and UN officials.
Kenyan and Canadian cricketers visit Boys’ Training Centre in St. Lucia
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, 16 March 2007 – Twenty-seven young boys living away from their homes and families – some abused or abandoned, others in conflict with the law – got a special treat when cricketers from the Kenyan and Canadian teams took time from their busy schedules to visit the UNICEF-supported Boys’ Training Centre in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, where the boys stay.
Sexual violence afflicts the lives of children at a school in central Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 13 March 2007 – UNICEF’s recently appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa, the hip-hop star Zola, thought he had seen it all. Born as Bonginkonsi Dlamini in Zola, a crime-ridden neighbourhood in Soweto, South Africa, he grew up surrounded by hunger, poverty, violence and guns.
Kenyan schoolchildren face challenges left by recent floods
NAIROBI, Kenya, 1 February 2007 – Nixon Bwire, 13, grins as he runs towards his friends, who are throwing stones across a stream that has been running through their school ever since floods struck the area. Nixon shows his amazed friends the large fish he just caught from a nearby river.
Sex tourism in Kenya: One girl’s story
MOMBASA, Kenya, 20 December 2006 – “If my father knew that I do this, he would kill me,” says Annie (not her real name). “But he does not provide enough for me and my daughter, so I have to do this to make some extra cash.”
Report reveals Kenyan child sex industry of ‘horrific’ magnitude
NEW YORK, USA, 19 December 2006 – A report on Kenyan sex tourism has revealed that up to 30 per cent of teenagers in some Kenyan coastal areas are involved in casual sex for cash.
Floods bring havoc to Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya
DADAAB, Kenya, 4 December 2006 – It was early Saturday morning and Kusa Yunis Hassan, 23, a Somali refugee mother of two, emerged from her plastic shelter. Her son Mohammed, 3, was playing outside. There had been a deluge for the past two weeks.
Severe floods ravage eastern Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 14 November 2006 – Tens of thousands of people in eastern Africa have fled their homes, and many have died, as a result of heavy flooding in recent weeks. Somalia in particular has been severely affected, along with neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya.
Polio case in Kenya refugee camp raises fears and concerns
NEW YORK, USA, 26 October 2006 – As the escalating conflict in Somalia triggers an influx of refugees into neighbouring Kenya, a child living in a camp along the border has been diagnosed with polio. It is Kenya’s first reported case in 22 years.
‘Stop the Violence’ campaign helps Kenyan teen escape sexual abuse
NAIVASHA, Kenya, 18 October 2006 – Watching Dorcas (not her real name) play hide-and-seek with the younger children, one sees a picture of a big, happy family. However, life for the 14-year-old girl, the first-born in a family of five children, has not always been picture perfect.
‘Stop Violence’ campaign in Kenya leads to increased reporting of abuses
NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 October 2006 – Two months after the ‘Stop Violence against Children’ campaign launched in Kenya, there has been a sharp increase in the number of reported cases of violence.
One doctor makes a big impact on a hospital in rural Kenya
GARISSA, Kenya, 5 September 2006 – At Garissa Provincial Hospital in the remote North Eastern Province of Kenya, one doctor has had a big impact on local health. With help from UNICEF, Medical Superintendent Dr. Khadija Abdalla has transformed the small rural hospital into a highly efficent institution.
Education and awareness make progress against female genital cutting in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 24 August 2006 – In the North Eastern Province of Kenya, UNICEF is helping communities abandon the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), or cutting, which is still inflicted upon the vast majority of girls in the province.
Kenya’s ‘Stop the Violence’ campaign aims to protect children at risk
NEW YORK, USA, 22 August 2006 – The ‘Stop the Violence against Children’ campaign got a further boost this past weekend in Naivasha, Kenya, during the first-ever community fair promoting the initiative.
UNICEF teams race to save children after diarrhoea outbreaks in Ethiopia and Kenya
ADALE, Ethiopia, 20 July 2006 – Abdi Kafi, 4, lies crying in his mother’s arms, weak and listless after three weeks of recurrent diarrhoea.
A ‘Wind of Hope’ for two brothers orphaned by AIDS
ISIOLO, Kenya, 27 July 2006 – Siblings Anthony and Gabriel Koikoi are the best of friends; they can't afford not to be. Since both their parents died three years ago, the two brothers are all that is left of their family.
Naomi Siombua, 15, builds confidence playing football in a Kenyan slum
NAIROBI, Kenya - Naomi Siombua, 15, grew up in the slums, often doing her homework by candlelight. Her favorite team is Chelsea and she credits football with helping her avoid the violence that has ravaged many of her friends' lives.
Tetanus jabs for 686,000 primary school children in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 21 June 2006 – Amina Abdi, 7, a student at Ganjoni Primary School in Mombasa, Kenya, shut her eyes tightly and clenched her little fists as she received her jab.
Mothers hit hard by drought in Horn of Africa
GARISSA, Kenya, 13 June 2006 – Signs of death litter the Horn of Africa, stark reminders of a fragile landscape deprived of sufficient water for years on end.
Falling behind: In Kenya, drought threatens children’s education and dims their hopes
RIFT VALLEY PROVINCE, Kenya, 30 May 2006 – The drought crippling the Horn of Africa is particularly dangerous for children. Besides the immediate threat of malnutrition and dehydration, their future is at risk because so many boys and girls are being forced to drop out of school.
Girl’s football programme scores hit against HIV in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 12 May 2006 – Africa’s biggest youth sports organization is taking a leading role in educating girls about HIV/AIDS. Backed by UNICEF, the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) helps them develop life skills and provides information on how to stop the disease from spreading.
Emergency measles campaign aims to immunize 5.5 million children in Kenya
GARISSA / NAIROBI, Kenya, 9 May 2006 – More than half a million vulnerable children under the age of five have been immunized against measles and polio in the first phase of a life-saving vaccination campaign in Kenya’s Central and North Eastern Provinces.
Survey reveals high malnutrition rates among pregnant women in Kenya
NEW YORK, USA, 4 May 2006 – Pregnant women are showing even higher rates of malnutrition than children in parts of Kenya hit by the region’s worst drought in a decade. UNICEF nutritionists, who have surveyed remote communities in Moyale, Marsabit and Samburu districts, say their findings indicate an immediate need for more assistance to ensure the most vulnerable women and children survive what has become a chronic emergency.
Angélique Kidjo lifts children’s spirits at HIV clinic in Nairobi
NAIROBI, Kenya, 1 May 2006 – It was not a typical day for the children at the Githogoro Community Outreach Programme. In addition to their routine check-ups, they were treated to a visit late last week by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo, on the fourth day of her trip to Kenya. Earlier in the week the West African singer-songwriter had visited drought-affected communities in northern Kenya.
Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo witnesses devastation of drought in Kenya
NEW YORK, USA, 26 April 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Oxfam campaigner Angélique Kidjo visited the drought-affected Wajir district in northern Kenya this week to raise awareness about the severe crisis that has devastated the Horn of Africa.
Stigma of AIDS leads to killing of an orphaned Kenyan boy
NEW YORK, USA, 21 April 2006 – The murder of a 15-year-old orphan stigmatized for living with AIDS has led hundreds of protestors to take to the streets of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The boy, Isaiah Gakuyo, had lost both his mother and grandmother to AIDS-related diseases. He was living with an uncle who allegedly stabbed him to death with a pitch-fork because of his HIV status.
Kenya’s abolition of school fees offers lessons for rest of Africa
NAIROBI, Kenya, 17 April 2006 – Maureen Akinyi, 14, dreamt of becoming an accountant and making it to the top of Kenya’s growing corporate sector. She came from a poor but relatively stable family in Kibera, a sprawling slum in Nairobi that is home to over 800,000 people.
Lessons learned: African countries share experiences with abolition of school fees
NEW YORK, USA , 5 April 2006 – School fees are keeping the most vulnerable children out of classrooms across the developing world. In countries where conflict, drought, famine and the HIV pandemic prevail, school fees hit these children the hardest. They need the safe environment, routine and services that schools can provide.
As drought lingers, Kenya’s nomadic Turkana tribes are among the worst affected
NEW YORK, USA, 21 March 2006 – The nomadic Turkana tribes of northeastern Kenya have been especially vulnerable to the severe year-long drought afflicting the Horn of Africa.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman: Urgent action needed in drought-stricken Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 7 February 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is calling for immediate action in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa to keep children from dying.
UNICEF appeals for $16 million to fund emergency drought relief in the Horn of Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 3 February 2006 – UNICEF has launched an appeal for $16 million dollars to fund emergency aid in the Horn of Africa. More than 8 million people in Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti are affected by a worsening drought. With rain not due until April, UNICEF fears the situation will deteriorate even further.
Kenya’s malnourished children may have doubled in number due to drought
NEW YORK, USA, 20 January 2006 – UNICEF is warning that the number of severely malnourished children in drought-stricken Kenya may have doubled in the last few months. In October 2005 the figure was thought to be around 20,000. It’s now believed some 40,000 are in need of immediate life-saving assistance.
Starvation grips northern Kenya
NORTH EASTERN PROVINCE, Kenya, 12 January 2006 – Thousands of children are facing starvation due to deepening drought in northern Kenya. The government is distributing food rations to communities in the worst-affected areas and is appealing to the international community for urgent aid to save the lives of an estimated 2.5 million people.
Kenya: Regional disparities threaten progress towards education for all
LOKICHOGGIO, Kenya, 17 November 2005 – Far from the gleaming skyscrapers of downtown Nairobi, children in this remote corner of Kenya spend their school days wondering if they will eat a single meal.
Community group helps Kenyan orphans affected by HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 9 November 2005 – Eleven-year-old Florence Kangai is one of over 3,000 children in the Kenyan town of Isiolo who have been orphaned by AIDS. Like many in this town, she needs anti-retroviral drugs to stay alive. But poor nutrition leaves her vulnerable to infections and illnesses.
Kenya launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
NAIROBI, Kenya, 25 October 2005 – The Eastern and Southern Africa regional launch of UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS was attended by officials from UNICEF, UNAIDS, the African Union, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the National AIDS Control Commission of Kenya. But it was 11-year-old Florence and seven other children from Pepo la Tumaini Jangwani, a support programme assisting people affected by HIV/AIDS, who stole the show.
Kenya: UNICEF launches urgent appeal to assist up to 700,000 children
NAIROBI, 11 October, 2005 – In the face of mounting inter-ethnic violence and ongoing drought UNICEF has launched a polio vaccination campaign in Kenya to prevent the re-emergence of the disease. Over 483,000 children are expected to be immunized during the six-day campaign covering 12 of the country’s most affected districts: the border and coastal regions.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman says children are key to development
NAIROBI, 26 July 2005 – On Sunday 24 July UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited Wajir in Kenya’s North Eastern Province, to draw attention to the plight of children and women. The Province has suffered from years of neglect and exclusion, and faces significant challenges in its future development and progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai to world’s children: ‘The sky is the limit!’
NEW YORK, 28 January 2005 – Professor Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2004, recently spoke with UNICEF about her experiences empowering women and children in her native Kenya for more than 30 years.
Water and sanitation bring children back to school
KENYA, 25 August 2004 - Safe water and adequate sanitation in schools are as important to quality education as books and pencils. But in many schools basic facilities are not provided. As a result, children may stay away.