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Siaya County

Siaya County is home to the ethnic groups that inhabit the Nyanza Province along Lake Victoria. Its communities are multicultural.

Poverty

In general terms, the whole Siaya County is largely affected by conditions of extreme poverty, influencing the low standard of living. Families live in precarious physical conditions, some in overcrowded homes. In some cases two or more families live in the same house, with each family consisting of five or six persons. The majority are children.

The account shows 57.3% of women are widows, with no existing child support, no social welfare, lack of job opportunities, and very little access to primary education for their children. It's a challenge! 

Unbelievably, 60.3% of children living in the rural areas are orphans and affected by poverty.

Lack of infrastructure

In the region, lack of basic services add serious limitations to the whole situation. Figures show that around 90 % of homes have no electricity, clean drinking water; only homes in the county headquarters have running water, which may not be of high quality. The remainder of the population obtains water from rivers, streams, wells, and rainfall. This affects health in a direct way: hygiene, sanitary and environmental conditions are below an acceptable level.

 
The problem becomes more complex taking into consideration the dispersed population, the lack of roads, and curricula not adapted to the characteristics of the autonomous regions.

Wife inheritance

The Siaya County inhabitants live in 88% of the whole territory, which is a demographic limitation, as people live mostly dispersed in the rural areas, with no access to basic needs: running water, health care, school education etc. The communities are separated by water, and there are no apparent governmental institutions for security and guidance as in the rest of the country. This contributes to the outdated tradition's culture of wife inheritances, where young men and women are forced to remarry their in-laws when their hubbies die - regardless of their HIV/AIDS status - as well as a high rate of violence against women and children.

Lack of education

The levels of education and school attendance also represent a challenge, due to the high percentage of illiteracy and the low levels of school attendance and schooling. On this side of the country, the dropouts occur mostly between first and fourth grade students.

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