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- Climate change
- Rapid population growth
- Vulnerable economy
UMR's Advancement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kenya
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.
Things are still looking bright in Kenya, however. With reduced child mortality, near universal primary school enrollment and narrowed gender gaps in education, Kenya met several of their Millennium Development Goals. More work needs to be done however, to improve the lives of everyday Kenyans. Infectious disease is a major risk factor, particularly HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Kenya is also in need of basic water, hygiene and sanitation support, with only 59% of the population having access to basic water services and only 29% have access to sanitary services. And while Kenya has made huge strides towards education, more than 1.2 million primary-school-age children do not attend school. Equity in education remains an issue, with girls facing more barriers to achieving an education.
What types of interventions does UMR implement?
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 the local school, constructing a clinic, constructing a borehole and connecting pipes, building water wells, and installing solar panels and eco san toilets.
UMR has implemented many additional aid and relief programs in Kenya in tandem with these infrastructure projects. In 2020, UMR partnered with Wajir Referral Hospital and Muslims of the world to provide treatment for preventable illnesses, like cataract, low vision and low hearing. These treatments have the ability to lift people out of poverty.
In Wajir, where drought is a persistent issue, UMR dug 12 shallow wells, providing people with alleviating some of the hardship caused by droughts and providing beneficiaries with clean and safe water sources.
In Garissa and Wajir counties, UMR continued its Orphan Protection Program, to address poverty in rural areas and provide hands-on support to our target communities.
Through our infrastructure programs, relief work and community building efforts, we hope to create long lasting, sustainable change.