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Kenya

Children belong in families,
not orphanages

Kenya

There are an estimated 43,000 children currently living in Charitable Children's Institutions in Kenya.

There are an estimated 43,000 children currently living in Charitable Children’s Institutions (CCIs) in Kenya.

The majority of children in institutions in Kenya have family who they could live with given adequate support. There are many reasons as to why a child might end up in an institution or orphanage in Kenya, but these do include:

  • Poverty
  • Food insecurity
  • Disability
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Displacement
  • Abuse, neglect and abandonment
  • Voluntourism

The Kenyan Government is committed to the protection of children’s rights and recognises the importance of transitioning away from institutions and towards family and community-based care. There is also a strong history of kinship care in the country, which supports this transition.

Lumos and the Department of Children’s Services co-hosted a training course for government, local and international NGOs, and practitioners in May 2018.