Child poverty in rural areas of the East coast of Kenya
Kenya has been ranked eighth globally among countries with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, according to the World Poverty Clock report. Almost half of Kenyan children experience poverty - with poverty levels in rural areas being far more pronounced than in urban areas. A particularly vulnerable place is the island of Lamu on the East coast of Kenya - a tolerant, friendly and welcoming island where different cultures and religions have peacefully co-existed for centuries. The island's traditional and remote social structure is, however, increasingly challenged by rising crime, drug abuse and modern technology while its education system has consistently shown severe deficiencies compared to the rest of the country. Lamu hosts, as a result, some of the most vulnerable and excluded children who are orphans, were abandoned, live in extreme poverty, are at risk of being mistreated or abused or suffer from serious illnesses.
We are changing that by supporting Anidan
In 2002, Rafael Selas Colorado made it his personal mission to help the orphans and abandoned children on the island of Lamu who he had personally seen begging or searching through the rubbish for food. With the help of family and friends, Rafael founded Anidan - a non-profit, an apolitical and non-religious organisation which houses in the meantime more than 150 children and feeds, clothes, cares for and educates over 280 with an unparalleled personal commitment that has brought happiness and hope to hundreds of children in need.
A key goal of Anidan’s work in Kenya is that the children it cares for receive secondary education, university education or other forms of professional training which allow them to become fully self-sufficient and take on roles within their community that empower them to become a catalyst for positive change. The Kullmann foundation specifically supports the final education and professional qualification of the children and young adults under Anidan’s present or former care before they leave the shelter or have just done so.