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Nyanza is one of Kenya’s poorest areas with 63% of the population living on less than $1 a day. The province has the highest HIV prevalence rate in Kenya (14%), a significant burden of malarial disease and among the lowest life expectancies in the country –age 43 for women and 37 for men. Household economies are largely supported by subsistence farming and fishing.

The Bay County of Nyanza is surrounded by the following counties; Kisumu and Kericho to the North East, Nyamira and Kisii to the East, and Migori to the South. Homa Bay County has population of 963,794 and an area of 3,183.3 km². About 80% of Kenya’s Lake Victoria is in Homabay County, making the county the leading supplier of fresh lake fish in Kenya. Number of Constituencies (2010): 6 (Gwasi, Karachuonyo, Kasipul Kabondo, Mbita, Ndhiwa, Rangwe)

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (48.1 %), 15-64 years (48.2 %), 65+ years (3.7 %), Number of Households: 206,255. County Capital: Homa Bay Town, Poverty Level: 50.2 %

Health Facilities: 164 – District Hospitals (4), Sub-District Hospitals (7), Dispensaries (88), Health Centres (38), Medical Clinics (14), VCT Centres (7), Other (1), Doctor to Population 1:38,707.

Rural New Life Development Kenya is a registered faith based Nonprofit Organization, working for Healthy and productive family lives of rural people in Kenya. RUNELD is Head quartered in Rangwe Constituency, East Gem Ward: County Assembly Ward: East Gem, County Assembly Ward Kotieno, Sub–Locations of Homabay County.

Following official launch of its OVC Care and Support Program in 2005 to care for less privileged in rural Kenya, we challenged profession social workers to imbibe the spirit of giving back to society in which Children are experiencing deepening enormous mental stress from witnessing illnesses and death of loved ones and a profound sense of insecurity.

The immediate concerns are deep-seated on the urgent requirement to alleviate their physical and psycho-social distress and suffering.

If not supported Children growing up with low self esteem, little sense of security, poorly educated with poor social skills and minimal life chances to pull themselves out of poverty have little chance to become productive, self sufficient citizens and parents.

RUNELD invests in local people’s health and capacity for prosperity: we offer primary health care services and create a conducive environment where women, orphans and vulnerable children (OVC’s) can meaningfully participate in Agri-business activities to mitigate the effects of poverty and HIV/AIDS in their families.

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