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You are making a difference in Kenya!

A glimpse of what your sponsored child’s life is like in Kenya:


  • In cities, people live in apartments. Rural housing styles vary by tribe. “Zaramo” houses are made of grass. “Rundi” are beehive-shaped, made of reed and bark. “Chagga” homes are constructed of sticks, and “Nyamwezi” are round homes with thatched roofs.
  • Polygamy is a traditional practice but is becoming less predominant. Traditionally, a man built a separate home for each of his wives and then a home for himself.
  • Children’s upbringing is often communal, and the responsibility for them is shared among aunts, uncles, and grandparents.


  • Primary school tuition for children ages 7 to 14 is free. Secondary school for children ages 14 to 18 is economically out of reach for most families.
  • Only half of all children complete the first seven years of schooling.
  • Kenya also suffers from a lack of qualified teachers.


  • The country gained its name from Mt. Kenya, which is located in the central highlands. The Great Rift Valley is one of the largest features of Kenya geography. It’s a steep canyon cutting through the highland country.
  • Children are often seen as a symbol of wealth.
  • Kenya is home to 43 traditional cultures, and each has its own traditions related to music. Congolese music is a major influence on the cultural scene in Kenya. Called “lingala,” it features bass guitar, several lead singers, and active dancing.


Kenya lies on the equator on the East African Rift, with a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana and further southeast to the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north, and Somalia to the northeast. The capital, Nairobi, is a regional commercial hub. Despite significant economic growth, poverty and growing wealth disparity continue to exist. Kenya is also affected by a large presence of refugees from South Sudan and Somalia.

  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Population: 43,178,100
  • Language: English and Kiswahili


In 1976, FH began working in Kenya in response to a devastating drought. FH provided emergency supplies and relief in Marsabit County. Since then, FH has focused efforts on long-term development work including livelihoods, sanitation, water, health, nutrition, child development, and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support.


  • You are reducing maternal and infant mortality through high-impact nutrition interventions and increased access to healthcare, especially in rural communities.
  • You are improving water and sanitation infrastructure and rehabilitation, as well as assisting communities and the government on the use and management of these clean water structures.
  • You are improving access to inclusive and quality education through infrastructure development and rehabilitation, provision of basic school items, and school fee support.

You are about to embark on a new FH Donor Experience

If you need assistance, please contact us at donorhelp@fh.org or 866-307-3259.

Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.