Children in Kenya waiting for their school meal

Kenya

Mary’s Meals feeds 136,126 children every school day in Kenya!

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Where we work

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 due to malnutrition.

Schools are few and far between in this area. It is estimated that 19% of primary age children are not attending school and 8% are engaged in child labour – with this number rising to as much as 30% in areas such as Turkana County.

School meals being served in Kenya

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 in the semi-arid region of Turkana County in north-western Kenya.

In the Turkana regions, we work alongside the Diocese of Lodwar to deliver our programme.

We are currently reaching 136,126 children in 818 schools in Kenya.

A line of children sitting against a wall eating
When did we start working in Kenya?

Mary’s Meals has been providing 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.