Shamata is one of the richest agricultural areas in Kenya, harvesting potatoes, peas and cabbage as well as milk. It is known for tourism as it has the Aberdare mountain ranges and Lake Ol'Bolossat, as well as many different animals and birds. Lake Ol'Bolossat is has an impressive hippopotamus population. The Aberdare mountains have many animals including rhinoceros, elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, cheetahs and giraffes.
Shamata is also known for having a population of children forced into the military. Child soldiers are children under 18 years old and sometimes as young as 8, who train for and serve in armed conflicts.
Gua Africa works with individuals, families and communities to help them overcome the effects of poverty created by war or natural disaster, through education. Gua believes that giving everyone access to education will lead to an increase in individuals generating their own income and a more stable society. Gua Africa projects combine scholarship programs, teaching in refugee camps and feeding programs, all underpinned by a philosophy of peace education, and a dedication to community income generation.