I promise to put up pictures from Kate's trip soon, but I just wanted to say I got home safely. Thanks to everyone who followed my blog this year and to everyone who made my year in Kenya one of the best of my life.
Kenya Facts (supplied by the U.S. Department of State)
Official Name: Republic of Kenya
Geography: Area- 582,646 sq. km. (slightly smaller than Texas) Capital- Nairobi Climate- Tropical in the south, west and central regions; arid and semi-arid in the north and northeast
People: Nationality- (noun and adjective) Kenyan (s) Population- (6/2007 est.) 37.9 million Major ethnic groups: Kikuyu 22%, Luyia 14%, Luo 14%, Kalenjin 11%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 5% Religions: Christian 80%, Muslim 10%, traditional African religions 9%, Hindu/Sikh/Baha'i/Jewish 1% Languages-English (official), Swahili (official) and over 40 other languages from various linguistic groups Adult literacy rate- 85.1% Life expectancy- 55.3 yrs.
Government: Type- Rebuplic Independance- December 12, 1963 Political Parties- more than 100 registered political parties; Two coalitions, the Party of National Unity (PNU) and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), dominate the political party scene.
Economy: GDP (2007): $29.3 billion Gross national income per capita: $455 Natural Resources: Wildlife, soda ash, land Agrcultural products- tea, coffee, sugarcane, corn, wheat, rice
Principal Government Officials President--Mwai Kibaki Vice President--Kalonzo Musyoka Prime Minister--Raila Odinga Minister of Foreign Affairs--Moses Wetangula Ambassador to the United States--Peter Ogego Ambassador to the United Nations--Zachary Muita-Muburi Consulate General Los Angeles--Ms. Nyambura Kamau