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Zakat Foundation in Kenya
Poverty and its effects persist throughout Kenya, where worsening food security and outbreaks of disease, such as cholera and malaria, plague the country. The poor, both urban and rural, struggle without adequate access to water, sanitation, healthcare, and education. These factors, along with a widening income gap, have shut out many Kenyans from stable living conditions.
As conflicts in the region continue, Kenya has become home to an influx of refugees, primarily from neighboring Somalia. The country is hosting over 600,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, mostly Somali, including women and children who are often victims of mistreatment and economic exploitation. Resources for refugees are limited to goods and services provided by UN agencies and the Kenyan government, which has been strained due to the influx of refugees arriving. Millions still suffer from malnutrition, diseases, poverty, and insecurity across borders.
In Kenya, Zakat Foundation of America works in several areas, including seasonal food programs, relief for the country’s large refugee populations, the construction of mosques, and the sponsorship of orphans and vulnerable children.
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center