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Kenya Country Fund

Contributions to the Kenya Country Fund will support Volunteer Community projects in Kenya. The scope of projects to be funded would likely fall within education, water/sanitation, health, agriculture, youth development, vocational/special education and income-generating activities.

Peace Corps supports Kenya's goals of poverty eradication and industrialization as well as Kenya's commitment to fight HIV/AIDS and malaria. Peace Corps Kenya's current programs include Education (including Deaf Education), Public Health and Small Enterprise Development/Information and Communications Technology.

Insecurity, poor infrastructure, access to clean water especially in rural areas, and adverse poverty continues to be Kenya's major challenges. Changes in weather patterns and high farming costs have compromised farmers' ability to plant and grow adequate food, resulting in shortages of food and hunger in some parts of Kenya. The demand for food continues to increase household poverty levels with more than half of Kenyans (56%) living below the poverty level.

HIV/AIDS is another major social, economic and health problem in Kenya. Many young and productive Kenyans die daily as a result of AIDS. Much productive time and resources are spent in care and treatment for AIDS patients. The situation is worsened when the patient is the household breadwinner.

In addressing these prevalent Kenya community needs, Peace Corps volunteers work hand in hand with their Kenyan community counterparts in engaging the community to identify their priority needs and possible interventions. The community also identifies local resources and gaps within which external assistance is required.

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