Bibles for Marginalised Children and Youth

Distribution in Kenya


Kenya is a Christian country and as a result both Christian Religious Education (in primary and secondary) and the Program for Pastoral Instruction (PPI, in primary) are approved by the Kenya School system.

According to UNESCO, there are 8.3 million primary and 7.5 million secondary Kenyan students, all of whom can participate in Christian religious education at school. What an opportunity! The downside is that according to research by a child outreach network, 98% of public primary schools do not have Bibles available in the classroom to assist in these lessons.

Kenya is described as a lower-middle income economy. However, more than 30% of the 47 million population are living in poverty. You can guarantee that most of these families would not own a Bible.

Bible Society of Kenya is committed to placing a Bible in the hands of these marginalised young people – one student at a time, so that even when they are old they will turn to God’s word and not away.

The Need

In 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Bible Society distributed over 12,070 copies of appropriate scriptures to children in 20 homes, six slum schools and 67 other schools in Nyeri, Nairobi, Kiambu, Meru, West Pokot, Baringo and Kajiado Counties. Impact reports received indicate that Bible knowledge among children and youth increased, leading to noticeable behavioural change, especially in children homes and slum schools.

There is an ongoing need for Scriptures among children in marginalised communities due to high poverty levels. Distribution of bibles among children from low income backgrounds increases regular bible reading across the whole family.

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