We serve in a network of urban slums in the capital city of Kenya. These unplanned developments cover less than three square miles and have a total population of more than one million. The largest area is called Mathare. Families generally live in 10’x10′ shanties made from tin, wood, cardboard and mud. The floors are dirt. There is no running water or electricity in homes. A river of sewage runs through the slums where people dispose of waste.
People survive on less than $2 a day, leaving their homes each morning to search for work to support their families. Most households are headed by single mothers. In addition to their own children, they often care for the children of deceased relatives or other orphans who have no place to live.
Outside of Nairobi, we serve in several remote, rural villages. Most families tend livestock to earn a living, and the arid climate produces long periods of drought and food shortages. On average, 85% of people living in these areas are extremely impoverished, and a very small percentage are literate. Access to quality education and gainful employment is extremely limited. Early marriage and traditional gender roles (girls working at home and boys working in the family trade) prevent most kids from attending school.
Unreached People Groups
As our vision grows, we’re expanding to rural communities that are predominantly Muslim or traditional African cult religions to share the hope of the Gospel.