2023 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, HXP Builders will be expanding a primary school in Nairobi by building a kitchen to allow for additional space for student learning. At the Ndurarua primary school they have almost 4,000 students and not enough space to accommodate them all. Currently the kitchen is being used as a classroom and is not allowing meals to be prepared for students who rely on the school feeding program. By building this kitchen, the primary school will have more space for students to learn and a kitchen to prepare meals for the students which will improve the overall learning experience for many students.

Source: Gates Foundation