Kenya

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General Background

Population: 44m
Land Area: 530,367km sq.
Poverty Ranking: 30*
Main Religions: Christian 82.5% (Protestant 47.4%, Catholic 23.3%, Other 11.8%); Muslim 11.1%

*The ‘Poverty Rank’ figure reflects the relative poverty of a country, using the most commonly accepted index: per capital GDP (PPP). Click for further info.



Kenya is one of the countries were CMS Ireland has had a particularly long and active involvement. It takes its name from its highest mountain and is a popular destination for tourists. Drought and famine continue to have a significant impact on the people of Kenya and, despite a reputation as one of the most stable countries in the region, recent years have seen ethnic violence. Over 10% of Kenyans are members of the Anglican Church of Kenya, which has a strong presence throughout the country. CMS Ireland partners with two of the 33 dioceses – one in a very rural area and the other based in the capital city, Nairobi.


CMS Ireland engagement with Kenya
Recent META visits: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Latest Annual Projects: Footsteps (2008)
Mission Partners: Ronnie and Maggie Briggs