Smile to the Future has a special relationship with Kenya. For several years now we have undertaken various projects in the country, for instance the Biogas project, the Water Filtration project and the Incubator centre which have all been met with great success. Nevertheless, our projects do not give a full picture of everything that happens in Kenya. There are still a lot of issues and obstacles that need to be addressed for the betterment of Kenyans. The 2007-08 political and humanitarian crisis that emerged after the controversial Presidential elections created a lot of strain for Kenyan and made it particularly difficult to progress economically. STFF acknowledges these complications and tries to find strategic ways in which to address these challenges.
In the 1990s Kenya created a long-term development plan called Vision 2030 which is based in light of the Millennium Development Goals conferences that were being held by the United Nations at that time. The Medium Term Plan takes Kenyan initiatives from 2000 to 2015. The United Nations Development Programme works very closely with Kenya in order to meet the targets of short term and long term vision. Although various programmes had been established and progress had been made, the goals were not fully realised. The successor of the MDGs, the Sustainable Development Goals, incorporated the setbacks and incapacities of the MDGS into its agenda in order to strategically achieve the objectives discussed in the conferences.
Kenya is doing comparatively better since the crisis, however there are still many areas that need to be worked on. Climate change is one of the key concerns as severe droughts and heavy flooding have made agriculture a nightmare for farmers and creating the new refugees- environmental refugees. Global downturn has reduced exports, transfer of funds and the number of tourists going to Kenya have decreased as well. Furthermore, the conflicts in nearby countries, especially Syria, has created a safe haven for thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Kenya who need to be welcomed and integrated into the hosting countries. These challenges call for responsible and strategic policy-making, rehabilitation mechanisms and responsive humanitarian aid, not all of which Smile to the Future can accomplish alone but by collaborating with individuals and organisations, we aim to do as much as we can.