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.