Kenya is a fast-growing country, with the largest economy in east and central Africa. Yet it is highly unequal and millions live in poverty, struggling to access basic services such as healthcare or generate an adequate income.
Older people are typically among the poorest and most neglected. The pull of urban centres like Nairobi means many older people are left alone in rural areas, often feeding and raising their grandchildren and trying to eke out a living farming their land. Only four in 100 people in Kenya have paid into a pension scheme in formal employment. This leaves the vast majority without a sufficient and reliable income in their later years.
We strive to help these older women and men overcome poverty and lead healthy, secure and dignified lives.
Helping older people have a secure income
We at HelpAge International are providing money to older people who are at risk of going hungry across four counties in northern Kenya so that they can afford to feed themselves and their families.
For years we campaigned tirelessly for the Kenya Government to introduce a universal pension for older people. Due to launch in 2018, we are now supporting the state in its effective implementation.
Improving older people's health
Through outreach clinics we aim to boost older people's access to medical services and we strive to reduce diseases and illnesses common in older age through education and prevention campaigns. We advocate for HIV and AIDS policies and programmes to be responsive to the needs of older people.
Our network members
District Pastoralist Association
Horn of Africa Women Empowerment Network Kenya Agency
Kenya Society of People with AIDs
Pastoralist Integrated Support Programme
Rural Agency for Community Development and Assistance
Big Lottery Foundation
Disasters Emergency Committee
Germany's Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Jersey Overseas Aid Commission
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
UK's Department for International Development
United States Agency for Interational Development (USAID)
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HelpAge International East, West and Central Africa Regional Development Centre, Off Lower Kabete Road, Off Shanzu Road, P.O. Box 14888-00800, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya