Welcome to Kenya

Welcome to Kenya

Welcome to my home!

“Hi, my name is Victor. Welcome to Kenya.

I live with my mother, who is a tailor and my little sister, Gift. I have finished secondary school and I'm starting a course in electrical engineering. But it is my dream to become a reporter.

Education in Kenya is very important, but it can be hard to find a job.   Unemployment is high, so you have to work really hard.

Victor's mother

Victor's motherIn this video... Meet Victor's mother. Victor introduces his mother and asks her about her past and plans for the future.

Life has not been all that kind to my mother. My father left us when he discovered my mother was HIV positive and went to live with another woman.  But we have been fortunate. Although we don’t have a lot of money, my mother is a very talented tailor; she makes the uniforms for the school my little sister attends.

My pastor is the man I admire most in the world. He has supported me and my family, counselled me and offered advice.

At church

Going to church In this video… Victor visits his church during choir practice. The majority of Kenyans are Christian due to the influence of Christian missionaries during the British colonial period.

Kenya is a beautiful country and I am proud to be Kenyan. However there is a lot of poverty here. But people are proud, strong and courageous.”

Victor tells us it's his ambition to become a reporter.  Yet, talented as he is, the chances of him realising his dream are slim. Unfortunately, Victor does not have the same opportunities as people living in the western world. His mother is gravely ill and he lives in a country where for many it is a daily struggle to support themselves and their families.

Victor’s mother is unwell; she receives antiviral treatment with help from the church and therefore can manage her illness. Without these drugs she would become very sick and unable to work and support her children.

Victor loves spending time with his mother and family. His favourite time of year is Christmas, when he gets to spend the most amount of time with his mother.

Victor is very spirited, talented and charismatic.  Although he does not have an easy life, he works hard, is happy and realises that there are people far worse off than him. For example, there are many people living in slums who have no basic sanitation, fresh and clean water, adequate shelter or food.

Kenya is full of natural beauty and rich in culture and tradition, but it is also a country with problems.

Discover Kenya

Kenya is home to at least 40 different ethnic groups, as well as to large communities of Asian and European settlers.

In the largest shanty town of Kibera, one pit latrine can be used by up to 500 people.

Kenya is a major producer of tea and coffee. Tea is drunk throughout the day. Most Kenyans brew their tea with milk and lots of sugar, serving it scalding hot and very sweet.

Kenya is richly blessed with many different environments, from snow-capped mountain ranges, to flat savannah plains and deserts, lowland equatorial forests, coasts with mangrove swamps and sandy beaches sheltered by coral reefs.

Kenya has just one doctor and only 12 nurses/midwives for every 10,000 people.

The leading cause of mortality among Kenyans is HIV/AIDS, which kills around 80,000 people each year, leaving an estimated 1.2 million children without one or both parents.

Kenya is leading the way in innovative mobile services such as phone banking (with M-Pesa used by more than 13 million Kenyans).