Worldwide, one in eight people live in informal settlements.
Kenya alone is home to 1,400+ informal settlements that house more than 50% of the country’s population.
In these small, crowded communities, residents struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Reduced access to quality healthcare, proper nutrition, and poor sanitation leave residents susceptible to a variety of diseases. Gender inequality, limited access to education, unemployment, drugs, and substance abuse further impede individual and community progress.
Through these challenges, the residents of informal settlements are teeming with energy and initiative to create a positive change. A nurse living in an informal settlement co-founded our organization out of deep love for her community, and we strive to continue her legacy of identifying and meeting essential needs with community input — this commitment is in our DNA and fuels our work.