Kenya | ActionAid UK


We’ve been working in Kenya since 1974. We support the most vulnerable groups including women and girls, street children and people with disabilities.

Why we work in Kenya

Kenya is the largest and most advanced economy in east and central Africa. Yet nearly half of the population live below the poverty line. Recent droughts left millions of people in need of food aid and flooding in the Rift Valley is common, displacing thousands of people and destroying crops.

  • 43
    43% of people live below the poverty line.
  • 98
    In highly traditional areas, 98% of girls could be at risk of FGM.
  • 26
    26% of girls are married before their 18th birthday.

Women in Kenya do not enjoy the same rights as men. They’re often denied an education and the right to own land, and are subjected to harmful and painful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM). Although FGM is illegal in Kenya, in highly traditional areas up to 98% of girls could be at risk.

Hundreds of thousands of children in Kenya are malnourished due to the effects of living in extreme poverty, and many children die before their fifth birthday.

What we do in Kenya

We train women’s groups to take up cases of violence against women by working proactively with the police, health workers, courts and women lawyers. Our work with women’s groups, girls’ clubs and rescue centres is helping to stamp out forced child marriage and harmful traditional practices such as FGM.

We’ve set up hundreds of local farmers’ groups and trained them in modern farming methods. We help communities grow drought-tolerant crops and share their knowledge so they don’t have to go hungry.

During times of drought we support the poorest communities through feeding programmes, and our innovative farming and water harvesting projects help families build long-term resilience to drought.

How we’re changing lives for good in Kenya

Through ActionAid girls’ clubs and rescue centres, 6,000 women and girls have been reached directly and 60,000 indirectly. Read stories of women and children we've helped.


Photos: Jennifer Huxta/Actionaid, ActionAid