The official statistics on the number and social characteristics of the Ukrainian population in Kenya is absent. According to unofficial data, the Ukrainian community in Kenya today is less than 100 people. Basically, these are so-called migrant workers, as well as a few Ukrainians who came to Kenya for permanent residence during the first years of Ukraine’s independence and are married to Kenyan citizens. Most of the Ukrainians live in Nairobi and Mombasa.
Celebration of the Independence Day of Ukraine
There is a number of international charity organisations in Kenya who provide humanitarian aid to support the most vulnerable populations. Ukrainian volunteers in Kenya also make their contribution to support local communities. Thus, in Western region of Kenya there are two charity volunteer centers founded by Ukrainians - "Transforming nations" in Kakamega and the "The Mission of Assistance " in Kisumu. They provide aid and various assistance to local vulnerable populations, including children from crisis families.
Transforming Nations center in Kakamega, Kisumu County, was founded by missionary Michael Reznik in 2015. Later the mission built an orphanage and a rehabilitation center for the street children. Today the center provides accommodation, food and education for 42 children living in the orphanage. About 100 homeless teenagers are undergoing center’s rehabilitation program.
Children of the Transforming Nations community in Kakamega make a handmade artworks "Wheat Ears of Hope" in commemoration Holodomor Remembrance Day
The Mission of Assistance in Kisumu town was founded by a family of Ukrainian missionaries, Rostyslav and Iryna Antonets. The project provides programs aimed at supporting low-income families. The mission provides crisis families with food and other necessities. The Mission of Assistance also holds a "Daddy’s Home" orphanage. As part of the center's project, volunteers provide education in local schools to children who cannot afford tuition.
The Embassy of Ukraine in Kenya cooperates with the volunteer centers on various occasions such as national celebrations as well as commemoration of events of major historical significance. In particular, there was a campaign in commemoration of the Holodomor Remembrance Day, as well as the project "Draw a portrait of Shevchenko" held together by the Embassy and volunteers of Kisumu.