Family in Kenya is not just the nuclear family but extended to cousins, uncles, and aunts. In Kenyan culture, family is considered a major factor when it comes to identity, a sense of belonging, and security. The upbringing of a child in Kenya means cousins, aunts, and uncles play a large role in their day-to-day life and may make visits without prior notice and expect a helping hand when in need.
Dinner is an important meal as it brings together all family members. Religious services are also a communal experience for families. Religious beliefs are strong for Christian, Muslim and Hindu communities. Sunday is the biggest day for Christian families as they will spend almost all day in church activities.
In Kenya, household chores are traditionally done by women. Sometimes men try to help in the house, but it’s not very common. In general, children are expected to make their own beds each morning and keep their room tidy.
Kenyan culture is very communal in nature. Kenyans share everything from clothes, food, and even space! At home, personal items are often shared with every member of the family. In most families, they don’t understand the concept of private time and it’s uncommon to stay alone in one’s room for long periods of time except to sleep.