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Kenya

Situated on the equator on Africa's east coast, Kenya has been described as "the cradle of humanity". In the Great Rift Valley paleontologists have discovered some of the earliest evidence of man's ancestors. The country covers an area of 225, 000 sq miles (582, 646 sq km). The Kenya’s Constitution promulgated in 2010 created a devolved system of government creating 47 Counties as the devolved units. Kenya is a Multi-Party Democracy with general elections held every 5 years.

Kenya is a critical player in the Africa’s geopolitics and economic developments. The Country is the largest economy in East Africa and is the gateway to many landlocked countries in the region through its port of Mombasa. The country also host United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Habitat, being the only organs of the UN headquartered in a developing Country.

In the present day, Kenya's ethnic diversity has produced a vibrant culture but is also a source of conflict. People of African descent make up about 97 percent of the population; they are divided into about 40 ethnic groups belonging to three linguistic families: Bantu, Cushitic, and Nilotic. Bantu-speaking Kenyans comprise three groups: western (Luhya), highlands (including the Kikuyu and the Kamba), and coastal (Mijikenda) Bantu. The major groups of Nilotic speakers are the river–lake (Luo), highlands (Kalenjin), and plains or eastern (Masai). The Cushitic-speaking groups include the Oromo and Somali. Arabs, Asians and Europeans also form minority groups. There have been tribal and clan fighting in different parts of Kenya amongst the different tribes and clans. Most of these clashes have been triggered by either land related conflicts or cattle rustling, a practice among the pastoral communities.

The Islamist militant Al-Shabab movement, active in Somalia, has also been launching a growing number of attacks in Kenya, including the 2013 Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi and the 2015 attack on Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya.

Other pressing challenges include high corruption, unemployment, crime and poverty. Droughts and floods frequently put millions of people at risk.

MUSLIM AID FIELD OFFICE IN KENYA

Muslim Aid Kenya Field Office has been in existence since 2008, previously as a support office for the Somalia Programme. It became a fully-fledged field office in 2013. Since then the Kenya field office has been implementing projects in different parts of the country delivering integrated development programmes aimed at alleviating poverty among the poor and marginalised communities across Kenya.

Muslim Aid Kenya Field Office programmatic areas focus on Education, Primary Health care and Sustainable Livelihoods. Emergency relief programs are initiated whenever need arises and seasonal programs as well as religious programs such Ramadhan and Qurbani are also implemented.

Currently our Primary Health care project in Wajir has been one of the success stories. Implemented through a nomadic clinic system, the project seeks to provide healthcare services to the pastoral communities that keep migrating with their animals in search of pastures and water. Muslim Aid procured and installed two fully functional nomadic clinic in Eldas and Wajir East Sub-Counties of Wajir County, equivalent of a level two health facility fully equipped with screening, examination and treatment facilities to provide health services such as immunization, treatment of common ailments, ante natal and post natal services and deliveries. The County Government of Wajir provides the clinic healthcare workers and staff and well as the medical supplies. The nomadic clinics approach has revolutionized healthcare service delivery in the two Sub-Counties especially in the rural areas by bringing services closer the people and following them on their migration routes.