Kenya is one of Africa’s best wildlife destinations with some incredible natural wonders and a fascinating diverse human population such as the Masai tribe. It also has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world and struggles to cope with the resulting social problems.
Despite being one of Africa’s most developed nations, the gap between the rich and poor in Kenya is growing. Around 23% of the population lives below the poverty line, and life expectancy rates are falling. Rapid population growth and the disproportionate distribution of income have worsened social problems. For most people living in rural locations, subsistence farming is the main source of income. Increasing migration to the cities has led to the creation of large slum areas. Diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB are prevalent. Furthermore, widespread drought, which reached a level of national crisis in 2004, has only added to the hardships of daily life for most Kenyans.
PMGY assist in a number of community development initiatives in the coastal town of Malindi that work towards supporting young people in the area. Malindi is the perfect location to live and volunteer. It’s a relaxed town, which has a strong European feel due to the large number of Italians in the area. The surrounding beaches are incredible and there is plenty to do in the area. Working alongside local Kenyans will give you the cultural immersion that will undoubtedly enrich your experience.