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About Kenya

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Peace Corps Kenya provides opportunities for rural communities, schools, health facilities and community based organizations to receive volunteers in the Community Health, STEM Education and Deaf Education sectors to support Kenya's need for trained technical and outreach personnel.

The program is working in Kenya's Western and Nyanza regions of Kakamega, Kisumu, Siaya, Bungoma, Busia, and Homa Bay and will gradually expand into other regions of the country as assessments are conducted and resources made available. With gaps in education and health that require human resources and technical capacity, Peace Corps helps Kenya achieve its need for trained men and women, while promoting culture and friendship between the people of the United States and Kenya.

Educational institutions, community-based organizations, health facilities and other non-governmental organizations can receive services by applying to host a volunteer in their community.

Peace Corps Kenya has been in operation for almost 60 years and changes the lives of many Kenyans through education, health, small business, agriculture, water and sanitation programs. Peace Corps Kenya’s footprint will continue to grow and volunteer placements will increase progressively to serve communities that request our help. In addition to training our Volunteers, we offer trainings for local counterparts to support our work in rural Kenya.

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Peace Corps Kenya works with the Kenya National Government and the County Governments of Kisumu, Kakamega, Siaya, Bungoma, Busia and Homa Bay, alongside non-governmental organizations.

Other Peace Corps partnerships include development initiatives with US Government agencies such as Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Defense (DoD) Health Research project, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Health is a devolved function, and the county governments are responsible for all levels of healthcare, interventions, facilities, personnel and health outcomes. The community health interventions in all the 47 counties are aligned with the Kenya National Community Health Strategy and receives support from local and international partners.

Education is managed by the national government and the employment of teachers is managed by a Teachers Service Commission. Education interventions include the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary schools and deaf education in primary schools. Kenya has one of the most robust deaf education programs in the world.

Our projects emphasize capacity building for Host Country Nationals through trainings, as a source of sustainably meeting Kenya's need for technical skills in the health and education sectors. Peace Corps also works with Community Based Organizations, Faith Based Organizations and other donors and development partners working in rural Kenyan communities.

Resources

Kenya is one of more than 60 countries where the Peace Corps places volunteers to live and serve within local communities. Peace Corps uses globally tested and data driven resources to enrich programs for impactful community intervention.

UNAIDS Report 2020

Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment

Kenya Poverty Index

Kenya Health Strategic Plan

Kenya Basic Education Curriculum Framework

Kenya Vision 2030

UN Human Development Index

World Economic Forum Global Gender Gap Report