Approximately 1 million Kenyan children aged 5-17 work for pay, profit, or family gain. 88% of these children live in the rural areas.
One of the main things they do in the rural areas is to watch the family's grazing livestock (cattle, sheep, goats) all day. Another common thing would be for them to work in the "shamba" (field), either planting, weeding, or harvesting.
Most often, if the child is working, it means they aren't in school.
In urban areas, children can be seen selling things like "groundnuts" (peanuts) or fruit.
Ages 5-9 14%
Ages 10-14 32%
Ages 15-17 54%
1 out of 14 babies born in Kenya dies before its 1st birthday.
1 out of 9 dies before they reach their 5th birthday.
Much of this child mortality is due to preventable illnesses like malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea. Malnutrition is the underlying cause in 55% of all childhood deaths in Kenya.