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Location of Kaithe

Kaithe lies in the plateau of the Eastern Province between the towns of Meru and Isiolo. The nearest village is Ruiri, 5 km away.

The climate is very dry - it has not rained for over a year. The nights are cool and there is a steady wind.

There is no electricity and drinking water has been provided to the village, and even to a few houses, thanks to drilling realized in 2013.

Kaithe has 120 families, about 600 people, including 150 children between 3 and 12 years.

Most of the population works in agriculture, but some devote themselves to trade and have small shops that distribute basic necessities. But ultimately, very few people Kaithe have a permanent jobs. Some of them have temporary jobs away from their families, mainly during crops season.

The houses are usually made of wooden planks, some with a cement floor but usually a dirt floor only. The majority of houses are just one room some houses are so small they cannot accommodate a bed the people sleep on the earth floor.

Kath has two primary schools, one public and one private, the latter under the direction of a Christian church.

Education

Since 1985, the Kenyan educational system is based on an 8-4-4 cycle beginning at age 6 years:

However, some international schools use the British education system for children aged between 2 and 18.

English and Swahili are taught in elementary school. Then, English becomes the language of reference. The country has seven public universities.

Health

The biggest challenges for medicine in Kenya are the fight against AIDS, Malaria and infections caused by drinking improper water that contribute to high rates of infant mortality.

The AIDS pandemic remains the greatest threat to the health of Kenyans - it follows a growing population of orphans, commonly affected by the disease themselves.

Malaria, diarrhea and typhoid fever are the leading causes of death among children under 5 years. And this gets worse especially during the rainy season and in the slums that do not receive services of sewage waste, or garbage collection.

Economy

The national currency is the Kenyan shilling (KES).
Kenya is a country that has:

Agriculture employs 19% of the workforce and accounts for 15.8% of GDP.

Kenya achieved self-sufficiency for all basic foodstuffs. The first food crop is maize, which covers 62% of arable land (2.20 million tonnes in 2005). Sorghum, potatoes, beans, groundnuts and tobacco are also cultivated in the highlands, the main agricultural region. Sugarcane, wheat, cassava, pineapples, cotton and cashew nuts are produced on the coastal plains.

Some figures (2010):

Share of major sectors in GDP:

 

KENYA & KAITHE

Geography and Climate

Kenya is located in eastern Africa near Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan and Tanzania. The total area is 580,367 km2 and its shore is bathed by the Indian Ocean for about 536km; the capital is Nairobi..

Kenya is traversed in its central part by the equator. The northern areas, which constitute two thirds of the country - have a desert or semi-desert climate. The coast is subjected to hot and humid monsoon from the Indian Ocean, the average temperature of 24.4 C in June-July to 27.8 C from February to April. The highlands are more temperate (11 C to 21 C in Nairobi in July of 13 C to 26 C in February).

There are two raining seasons: heavy rains in October and November, and less rain in March and April.

The plains are located on the eastern part of the country and are mainly occupied by savannas. All the land slightly on the shoreline is arable land where they grow lots of bananas, mangoes and coconut.

Political Situation

Kenya's official language is English, however there are about 42 dialects, including Swahili.

Since 2012 the Republic of Kenya is headed by a president de M. KENYATA. He was elected by the people of Kenya.

Kenya has experienced in 2007-2008 political conflict. Thanks to a major project to reform the Constitution, the majority of Kenyans have accepted these changes and the situation has eased.