More than 10% of population are orphans in Kenya, an East African country of about 45 million people. Some of these children can be found in slums such as Mathare Valley, pit of heartbreak and despair, home to some 600,000 people within six square miles of Nairobi, Kenya. At the bottom of this human heap of misery are abandoned babies; AIDS orphans cowering in abusive relative’s homes; and ragged street kids sniffing glue to escape hunger, physical and emotional. Many will enter and leave the world here, perpetuating a vicious cycle of generational poverty and hopelessness.
Kenya has the third highest number of HIV/AIDS orphans in the world, estimated at over 1 million.
Kenya has a shockingly large number of HIV/AIDS victims. Many mothers and fathers leave their young ones with neighbors or grandparents. This causes a heavy burden on the caretakers because of their limited ability to care for an additional child. More than 1000 people die daily due to HIV/AIDS in Kenya, this doesn't include the number of deaths caused by Malaria, accidents, tribal (ethnic) wars and other diseases. Statistically, the number of orphans is growing, in Kenya, and Africa as a whole.
These orphans are living either in the streets, with the villagers, or with relatives in Kenya. More than 27 million people south of the Sahara are living with HIV/AIDS and, as the disease progresses, are likely to leave more than 2 million orphaned children. As this epidemic increases, there will be innumerable orphans wandering the streets in Kenya & East Africa. These destitute children are found in villages and on city streets.Several things can happen to children when their parents die from HIV and AIDS- related causes. It is very common, in many Kenyan streets and villages, to find these destitute children along the highways and on the street corners desperately begging for a shilling. Some live at the municipal town garbage bins where they scavenge for any remains of scraps of food. Others will be found sniffing glue, as a way to kill hunger pains. Many of the young girls start prostitution at a very early age, as young as 10 years old, to seek a living. Other street children turn into pick-pockets and thieves.