Kenya

Working to alleviate poverty, hunger, and improving access to healthcare

What is the situation in

Kenya?

Economic shocks due to COVID have impacted many parts of Kenya, resulting in food insecurity and slowed growth of the agriculture sector. Kenya is in the midst of trying to grapple with the virus, as they experience a third wave, exacerbating existing weaknesses in the health care system.

Our Interventions

Through UMR’s signature program, “Adopt a Village”, we strive to build capacity by taking a holistic approach to address gaps in education, WASH, energy and health. This program is divided into several infrastructure components: renovating local schools, constructing medical clinics, digging boreholes and connecting pipes, building a community center that offers vocational training for women and children, building a local library, and installing solar panels and eco san toilets.

Key Issues

Through our infrastructure programs, relief work and community building efforts, we hope to create long lasting, sustainable change.

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UMR has implemented many additional aid and relief programs in Kenya in tandem with these infrastructure projects. UMR has partnered with the Wajir Referral Hospital to provide treatment for preventable illnesses, like cataract, low vision and low hearing. These treatments have the ability to lift people out of poverty and give them back their chance at living a full life. To date, UMR has restored the vision and hearing to hundreds of residents in Kenya, and will continue to send regular missions to assist with the ongoing needs.

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In Wajir, where drought is a persistent issue, UMR has dug a number of shallow wells, providing hundreds of people with clean, accessible water. This helps alleviate some of the hardships caused by droughts by providing beneficiaries with clean and safe water sources. Such support normally targets orphans, widows, disabled persons and extremely poor people. The installation of hand pumps has eased drawing water from the wells, and has also improved the hygiene standards– thus avoiding water-borne diseases. In addition to providing clean water, the wells save children from the dangers og fetching water from distant places. Also, pregnant and lactating mothers now have easy access to water instead of walking long distances.

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UMR has continued its efforts supporting orphans through its Child Protection Program, to address poverty in rural areas and provide hands-on support to our target communities. Estimates from Save the Children show Wajir as one of five counties in Kenya with the highest levels of child deprivation. Increasing numbers of children are growing up lacking support, care and protection. Providing assistance to orphans and vulnerable children is one of the ways we can lift children and families out of poverty and ensure that children have the opportunity to live happy and healthy lives. The overall objective of this project is to improve the living conditions of OVCs (orphans and vulnerable children) through nutritional and educational support.

UMR's Advancement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kenya

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