Welcome to Ex-Lewa, a small village in Northern Kenya

Welcome to Ex-Lewa

Ex-Lewa is situated at 2,500 metres above sea level in Northern Kenya, about 200 km north of Nairobi. The area has around 10,000 inhabitants. It is a fertile but poor area, even from a local standpoint, and it is dominated by agriculture. Gundua Primary School, Gundua Secondary School and Gundua Health Centre are located just outside the village.

Kenya is situated just south of the Horn of Africa, surrounded by Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Indian Ocean. The country has the strongest economy in East Africa. Everything is relative, however; 45 percent of the population are estimated to live below the national poverty level. Kenya has about 45 million inhabitants and was a British colony until 1963. English and Swahili are the official languages, in addition to many local languages.

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Kenya Quick Facts

CAPITAL

Nairobi

POPULATION:

45 million inhabitants, of which half under 19 years (2014). 22 percent live in the cities. About 40 different ethnic groups, the largest being Kikuyu, Luyha, Kalenjin and Luo.

LANGUAGES:

Official languages are English and Swahili. There are also some 40 local languages.

AREA:

582,650 square kilometres.

INDEPENDENCE:

After 11 years of fighting the British Empire for independence, Kenya was declared independent on 12 December 1963.

GOVERNMENT:

Republic with free elections every five years. The next election will take place in 2017.

CHIEF OF STATE:

President Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president.

POLICITAL SYSTEM:

Multi-party system.

GNP:

USD 61 billion in 2014.

MOST IMPORTANT NATIONAL RESOURCES:

Agriculture, fishing and forestry (24 percent), transport and communications (9.8 percent).

SWEDISH AID TO KENYA 2014:

SEK 484 million.

LITERACY AMONG ADULTS:

More than 72 percent.

LIFE EXPECTANCY:

62 years.