Kisumu is a port city in Western Kenya and the capital of Nyanza Province. The SOS Children’s Village here is situated on the outskirts of Kisumu overlooking Lake Victoria. The city has a population of around 400,000. It is undergoing further rapid expansion due to the great number of internal migrants who come here in search of opportunity. But even though Kisumu is rich in natural resources, its once thriving industry has largely relocated to Nairobi or Mombasa. The people in the region are therefore predominantly poor and have very limited access to income-generating activities and basic social services.
SOS mothers play an important role in children's education (photo: M. Peru).