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Thanks for the kind interest you have shown on us. We count it all joy and this is one of the most privileges I had never had ever. Please lets take you through our Island and where we are
We live in Kenya , the western part of the country. We are in one of the eight provinces of Kenya called Nyanza Province . In Nyanza we live in Suba District, Mbita division and in Rusinga Island . Rusinga Island has two locations with a total of 6 sub-locations.
The island is one of the 16 Islands in Lake Victoria . The island is connected by a causeway to the main land. The causeway was built in the year 1982. The island is 43KM² in size with a rapidly growing population of approximately 20,000 people. It had an intermittent rainfall of less than 1000mm p.a. The Island has one season for planting each year with always poor harvest now for the last five years. The major crops grown include sorghum, maize, beans and cowpeas. The major economic activity of the Islanders is fishing and small scale horticultural farming. The majority of people cannot farm at the lake shore because of the hippopotamus menace.
The Island has a serious disease burden and malnutrition. The major diseases in the island includes Malaria (45% prevalence rate), HIV/AIDS with 30% prevalence rate among other tropical diseases. There are 17 primary schools and each has a kindergarten, one village youth polytechnic and 5 secondary schools. The Under Five Mortally Rate in the Island is 165:1000. The Island has 76% people who live below the poverty line (get less than 1US$ daily for their basic needs). The Rusinga Island people speak Luo as tribal language, Kiswahili as national Language and English as the official language.
The island is challenged with the high number of the orphaned children; this is characterized by at least two burials of parents every week. The HIV/AIDS pandemic and its effects are seriously felt in Rusinga Island . Suba district is known as leading in Under Five Mortally Rate, and poor immunization in the country.
Lack of Information centres and lack of market information makes it very hard to go through development and creating a technology hub can make the community informed and can raise the Education Levels.
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our first trip to Rusinga Island . There is a lot about Rusinga Island in terms of myths, stories e.g. proconsuls, animals and other interesting stories that can be said when requested. Feel free to ask any other information about us and our surrounding.
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