The Republic of Kenya is located in East Africa. Lying along the Indian Ocean to its southeast and at the equator, it is bordered by Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, and Tanzania.
Lake Victoria is situated to the southwest, and is shared with Uganda and Tanzania.
The capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya has numerous wildlife reserves containing thousands of animal species in its land area of 223,989 square miles. Within its population of nearly 39 million residents are representatives of many different peoples and cultures.
The country is named after Mount Kenya, a significant landmark and second among Africa's highest mountain peaks.
With a 40% unemployment rate, half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line. The per capita income is $250 per year, making Kenya the 17th poorest nation in the world.
The children living in the Mt. Elgon area are in particular need because of extreme poverty and violence in the area due to tribal conflict.