Posted on December 12, 2016
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Jamhuri Day is a national holiday celebrated in Kenya on Monday 12th December, marking 52 years of a Kenyan self-ruled republic free from British colonial rule. Kenya celebrate their freedom through dance, parades, speeches and feasting and make sure to focus these activities around one theme – unity.
Since independence, Kenya’s population has more than quadrupled, making it the country with the sixth highest population in Sub-Saharan Africa. Kenyan’s are enjoying longer lives, with life expectancy increasing from 48 to 61. Although Kenya struggled to meet its health Millennium Development Goal targets, child mortality has more than halved and the number of people living with HIV has fallen.
Despite these positive advancements, Kenya’s health sector has been in turmoil. Doctors within the public sector have commenced strike action after a 21-day notice and three years of bargaining to improve their working conditions and remuneration. The government turned a blind eye to the Doctor’s warnings, and the back and forth has caused much tension and suffering in within the country.
As Kenyan’s come together to celebrate unity, we hope that this issue can be resolved, especially upon reflection of how far the country has come. ACT has seen further progression within the country since it began working there in 2011.
ACT began the Green House Farming project in April 2015, and it was commissioned in April 2016. The project began with the laying of pipelines to bring clean water to three villages in Webuye. This pipeline has transformed the lives of the people in the community, who no longer have to travel miles each day to fetch water. Piped water not only means clean drinking water and better sanitation and hygiene, but also the possibility to grow crops and keep livestock. The water pipeline enabled ACT to carry out the Green House Project for widows, who were unemployed and had little opportunity to generate income. We taught the widows agricultural techniques to enable them to grow crops, both for feeding their families and to sell at the local market, helping them to generate sustainable income and lift themselves out of poverty.
In addition to this, ACT is currently supporting 23 children in the Webuye region. To find out more about the water project, click here. http://www.africanchildtrust.org.uk/development-how-governments-can-get-it-wrong/
To find out more about our work in Kenya, click here. http://www.africanchildtrust.org.uk/kenya/