Tambaya is a small village in Kenya, in the Central province, and has a population of about 3500 people.
The village has six sub-villages. It is located on a steep slope, with a number of ridges divided by small streams and a big river called Gura (known to be the fastest in Africa). Though the area is agricultural, the land owned by individual families is too small for food production. Therefore, the residents cannot rely on farming to sustain themselves.
People in Tambaya have casual jobs at the coffee factory and make about KSH. 150 per day. This makes it hard for families to put bread on the table on a daily basis. Most of the children in the village have either absent or drunken fathers who barely support their families. Others have parents who died of HIV /AIDS, leaving the children with elderly grandparents who cannot work at the nearby coffee factory. Children dropping out of school is very common here, which often causes the girls to turn to prostitution and the boys to get into drinking illicit brew and using drugs.