Welcome to Jambo Kids Foundation

Jambo Kids Foundation and YOU contribute to a healthy future for Lamu including improving both the health and education for the citizens of Lamu Island, part of the Kenyan coastline. Lamu is a chain of 7 islands covering 3,000 square miles. It is home to nearly 100,000 people, 50% of whom are children. And while Lamu Old Town is 800 years old and designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and called “the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa,” it is poor. Healthcare opportunities are minimal.

Lamu, Kenya General Health Statistics

  • Maternal mortality is nearly 1,000 per 100,000 births compared to 360 for Kenya as a whole. In the U.S. that rate is 21.
  • Infant mortality is 72 per 1,000. Children under 5 mortality is 123 per 1,000.  In the U.S. the rates are 6 and 8 respectively.
  • Most Lamu residents live at least 3 miles from the hospital which can only be reached by foot or donkey.
  • Life expectancy is 57 years.

According to a report from the Ministry of Planning and National Development, Lamu suffers from a shortage of medicine and equipment, lack of cooperation among health care providers, and corruption, all of which adversely affect the health of the people of Lamu.

Jambo Kids Foundation needs your support! Click below to donate.