Kajiado County

Kajiado County is located adjacent to the Capital City of Kenya, Nairobi. The landscape consists of beautiful plains, valleys and volcanic hills. Vegetation is scarce in low altitude areas and increases in higher altitude making it one of the few natural wildlife habitats in Kenya. Kajiado County, like many counties in Kenya, is water stressed where community members sometimes find themselves covering an average of 10km (6.2 miles) in search of water.

The Maasai people have been described as the community that has held to its cultural practices the longest despite civilization. Their culture has promoted both positive and negative aspects which have specifically put girls at a disadvantage. Given an option, a Maasai man would educate his son and offer his daughter for marriage. The Kenya and Demographic Health Survey (2014) reports that the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) among the Maasai is at seventy-three percent. This has negatively affected the performance of girls in both academic and other development areas.

COME UNITY has had a presence in Kajiado County since 2007. Through child sponsorship girls in need are given the opportunity to receive a secondary education. Several girls have then continued on to university and other mid-level tertiary institutions. In 2016 the launch of COME UNITY's University Scholarship program provided girls the opportunity to continue their studies in a program and university of their choice. These programs allow young women to break the cycle of poverty in their families.

COME UNITY also provides access to basic needs through clean water projects. The boreholes (water wells) provide water to thousands of people in the community including two boarding schools.

COME UNITY has also implemented several sustainability programs in Kajiado. Through programs such as the beads initiative, cow co-op and drip irrigation systems communities are utilizing existing skill sets along with learning new techniques to create lasting change in their communities.

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