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Sauri, Kenya
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POPULATION: 33,829,590

ETHNIC GROUPS: Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%

LANGUAGES: English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages

RELIGIONS: Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, indigenous beliefs 10%, Muslim 10%, other 2%  


GDP: $16.63 billion (2005 est.)

EXTERNAL DEBT: $7.349 billion (2005 est.)

UNEMPLOYMENT: 40% (2001)

PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY:  50% (2000 est.)

INFANT MORTALITY: 61.47 deaths/1,000 live births

INTERNET USERS: 400,000 (2002)
Sauri, Kenya
KENYA: Sauri, Anyiko, Gongo, Jina, Lihanda, Marenyo, Nyamninia, Nyandiwa, Nyawara, Ramula, Uranga

Sauri is quickly showing progress and potential when life-saving interventions are introduced into a village and communities are empowered with the means to pull themselves out of poverty. In 2004, Sauri was the first Millennium Village selected. The rural community of 5,300 people made a commitment to pulling itself out of poverty, but lacked the means to do so.

Before the project started in Sauri many families experienced chronic hunger periods. Only a very small number of children attending school were provided with school lunches--the only meal that many of them rely on each day.

Today, the Millennium Village in Sauri is a shining example of the tremendous success that can be achieved through community leadership bolstered by targeted investments and critical interventions such as fertilizers and bed nets.

Some of the remarkable results achieved since the start of the project include:
Maize production in Sauri has more than tripled — from 1.9 tons/ha to 6.2 tons/ha — with the help of inputs such as fertilizer and improved seed.
A school feeding program has been implemented in all 28 primary schools across the Sauri cluster, and is now providing lunch to 17,514 students . By offering nutritious, locally produced food, the program has directly led to increased school attendance and better academic performance.
Out of the district's 385 primary schools, Bar Sauri Primary School is now one of the top academic performers — jumping from a rank of 195th to the top 10.
Malaria prevalence in Sauri is down from 55 percent to 13 percent — due to distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets and improved clinics that can now facilitate malaria diagnosis and treatment.

Latest Documents on Sauri:
Executive Summary, Annual Report, Sauri, Kenya PDF
Baseline Report of the MDG indicators Sauri, Kenya PDF | updated 3/7/07
Annual Report for Sauri, Kenya, 2005-2006 PDF