Mary’s Meals feeds 136,126 children every school day in Kenya!Published on
Life in Kenya
Kenya is located in East Africa. The landscape varies from flat coastal land on the Indian Ocean, to high mountains and plateaus at the centre. Neighbouring countries include Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Turkana in north-western Kenya has some of the highest levels of food insecurity and child malnutrition. This is largely due to the arid and semi-arid nature of the land, which accounts for more than 80% of the country’s total land mass. Around 29% of children in rural areas have stunted growth owing to malnutrition.
It is estimated that more than 1 million children of primary school age in Kenya are not attending school and 8.5% are engaged in child labour – with this number rising to as much as 30% in areas such as Turkana County.
Mary's Meals in Kenya
Mary’s Meals has been serving school meals in Kenya since 2005.
We feed children living in the city of Eldoret and Kisii County, as well as in ECDs (Early Childhood Development centres) in the semi-arid region of Turkana County in north-western Kenya.
In 2022, Mary’s Meals served its first school meals in Turkana primary schools, reaching more than 60,000 children in 171 primary schools with daily meals of maize and beans with fortified oil.
In Turkana, we work alongside the Diocese of Lodwar to deliver our programme.
Mary’s Meals currently serves school meals to more than 196,000 children in 989 schools in Kenya.
- When did we start working in Kenya?
Mary’s Meals has been serving school meals in Kenya since 2005
- How many children do we feed in Kenya?
136,126 children in 818 schools
- What meal do we provide?
Maize and beans
- Where are we based/where do we operate?
We deliver school feeding programmes in schools in the city of Eldoret and Kisii County, as well as in ECDs in the region of Turkana in north-western Kenya
- What is the capital of Kenya?
Kenya's capital and largest city is Nairobi
- What language(s) are spoken in Kenya?
Kenya’s two official languages are English and Swahili
- What currency is used in Kenya?
Kenyan Shilling (KES Sh)
- What is the population of Kenya?
The population of Kenya is 56,012,233