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Kenya’s Life Lessons through the Lived Experience of Rural Caregivers

Department of Social Work, Western Kentucky University, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY 42101, USA
County Resilience Officer, National Drought Management Authority, P.O. Box 594-60300, Isiolo, Kenya
College of Social Work, The Ohio State University, 1947 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(4), 145;
Received: 1 September 2017 / Revised: 18 November 2017 / Accepted: 21 November 2017 / Published: 29 November 2017
This qualitative research study used a phenomenological lens to examine the perspectives of familial caregivers in the Laikipia Region of Kenya. Through the narrative of the caregivers’ lived experience, key factors identified included social supports, rewards of caregiving, and lessons to others. Overarching basic themes centered on food insecurity, disease, rejection, lack of support, education challenges, inadequate land ownership, the absence of male support and neglect issues. These unique perspectives can contribute towards our understanding of policy and programming needs for orphaned children and familial caregivers in rural Kenya and within the rural areas of the East African context. View Full-Text
Keywords: Kenya; caregivers; orphans; lived experience; family resiliency Kenya; caregivers; orphans; lived experience; family resiliency
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Cappiccie, A.; Wanjiku, M.; Mengo, C. Kenya’s Life Lessons through the Lived Experience of Rural Caregivers. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 145.

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