Kenya/Peace Corps Jan 09

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This presentation is about my experience in Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer from '98-2000.

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  • Kenya/Peace Corps Jan 09

    1. 2. <ul><li>In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship. </li></ul><ul><li>The Peace Corps' mission: </li></ul><ul><li>Helping the people of interested countries in meeting </li></ul><ul><li>their need for trained men and women. </li></ul><ul><li>Helping promote a better understanding of Americans </li></ul><ul><li>on the part of the peoples served. </li></ul><ul><li>Helping promote a better understanding of other </li></ul><ul><li>peoples on the part of Americans. </li></ul>peacecorps.gov
    2. 3. <ul><li>Peace Corps Fast Facts : </li></ul><ul><li>Established March 1, 1961 </li></ul><ul><li>139 Countries served </li></ul><ul><li>60% female, 40% male </li></ul><ul><li>94% single, 6 % married </li></ul><ul><li>PCVs average 27 years of age </li></ul><ul><li>95% have undergraduate degrees </li></ul><ul><li>Major areas of current service: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education: 35% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health & HIV/AIDS: 21% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business: 15% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment: 15% </li></ul></ul>peacecorps.gov
    3. 5. <ul><li>Kenyan Facts </li></ul><ul><li>37.9 million people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>42% under 15 years of age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3% over 65 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>median age 18.6 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>population growth 2.758% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>life expectancy 56.6 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 children/women </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6.7% HIV+ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1.2 million Kenyan’s with HIV/AIDS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tribes: Kikuyu (22%), Luhya (14%), Luo (13%), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kalengin (12%), Kamba (11%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>85% literate (90% male, 80% female) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>~ size of Texas </li></ul>Mwai Kibaki, Kenyan President
    4. 6. <ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><li>World Bank resumed </li></ul><ul><li>GDP growth 4.1% </li></ul><ul><li>GDP by sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agriculture 24% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry 17% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services 60% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Labor Force by sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agriculture 75% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry & Service 25% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unemployment 40% </li></ul><ul><li>Population below the poverty line 50%* </li></ul><ul><li>25.5% inflation </li></ul><ul><li>Information from the US State Department & the CIA </li></ul>
    5. 7. Unrest in Kenya in ’07-’08 Pictures from news.bbc.co.uk Kenya Last Monday: Food shortages Teacher strike Kenya Today: Molo gas deaths Stopping graft
    6. 16. Questions?

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