Kenya
Capital:
Nairobi
Population:
46 million
Area:
581,309
km2

Tourists from all over the world come to Kenya for the chance to see lions, elephants and rhinos in the wild. From its snowy mountains, grassy savanna and tropical coast, it exports tea, coffee and flowers around the world.

But despite these signs of development, more than three in ten people do not have clean water. And seven in ten people do not have a decent toilet. More than 5,000 children die every year from the resulting diseases.

As well as being scarce, water in Kenya is not distributed fairly. Service providers give priority to wealthier communities that can pay for services – meaning those in slums and remote villages often go without. Up to a third of water pumps are broken at any one time.

Our programme in Kenya is at the pilot stage, while we get an accurate picture of how best to change lives for good.

people don't have clean water.

That's more than 2 in 5 people.

people don't have a decent toilet.

That's 32 million people.

children under 5 die every year from diarrhoea.

Caused by dirty water and poor toilets.

Clubbing together for hygiene

Health clubs in schools are a space for students to learn about the benefits of clean water and good hygiene through drama, games and workshops. At Kangemi School, Nairobi, Brenda (pictured right) helps her schoolmates learn about safer ways to manage their periods.

Thumbnail WaterAid/Behailu Shiferaw

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