Poverty in Kenya stems, in large part, from the colonial heritage that bestowed upon the country highly unequal patterns of land tenure. A small segment of the population - now African instead of European - continues to own large areas of land at the expense of the largely small-holding and landless peasantry.

    Nature also plays its part. Large areas of northern Kenya regularly suffer from drought. Reservoirs and shallow bore holes have dried up leaving many to rely on water handouts from local municipalities.

    Along with rising food prices and weak central government, the droughts have squeezed millions of Kenyans into crippling poverty.

    Ummah Welfare Trust administers seasonal Islamic projects in the country and provides emergency food aid in rural areas when necessary.