2022 Project Story: Kenya Nairobi

In 2019, Bill and Melinda Gates wrote a letter about some of the biggest surprises they have seen in Africa, many of which HumanitarianXP has also discovered:

“The world keeps getting older, but Africa stays (nearly) the same age. In every part of the world, people are living longer. As more children survive to adulthood, women are having fewer kids than ever before… except in Africa. The median age there is just 18. In North America, it is 35. If sub-Saharan Africa commits to investing in its young people, the region could double its share of the global labor force by 2050, unlocking a better life for hundreds of millions of people.”

Some of the nicest malls in Africa can be found within Nairobi, Kenya, minutes away from the largest slums. This difference provides a visual representation of the major inequality gap within Nairobi. The main cause of inequality is the lack of education, which keeps families below the poverty line. 

This summer, HumanitarianXP Builders will be expanding a primary school in Nairobi. Local schools are filled to maximum capacity and overcrowded with students. Often, less than 50 percent of children are able to attend schools because of the limited spaces and resources for children. The construction of these two additional classrooms will increase the capacity of the school, allowing a greater number of local children to receive an education. Currently classrooms have between 70 to 80 students crammed in a room meant for a maximum of 50 students. By building two additional classrooms, HXP will also help alleviate the overcrowded classrooms while providing opportunities for new students to enroll at the school, affecting over 150 students every day.

Source: Gates Foundation