Kenya: Soweto Tulia
Soweto Tulia's Community News
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2015
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- 115 new households joined savings groups that helped them increase their income and provide for their children’s essential needs, such as school and medical expenses.
- To help parents provide for their children's education and healthcare needs, we partnered with community-based organizations to provide parents with trainings on developing business plans and starting small enterprises, such as vegetable stands and clothing shops.
- We partnered with the government to provide 70 community leaders with a series of meetings that equipped them to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- To reduce childhood malnutrition, we equipped healthcare workers to provide growth monitoring and nutrition education for mothers of young children, such as exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and feeding toddlers a variety of nutrient-rich foods from local sources.
- In partnership with the Ministry of Health, we equipped a maternity unit with medical supplies so women can give birth in a well-stocked healthcare facility.
- 13,488 community members were tested for HIV and AIDS as part of a campaign we coordinated with the health department to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- 385 children gathered to pray, play, and have a great time in honor of their birthdays. Activities included Bible lessons, praise and worship music, a bounce house, lunch, and cake. As a gift to the community, schools received furniture and three community groups were equipped with items such as irrigation pumps to help their businesses become more profitable so parents can better provide for their children.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- 14,724 children participated in spiritual nurture clubs we provided in partnership with Children in Christ, a faith-based organization. At the clubs, children came together to share the gospel and pray for their families and other issues affecting their lives.
To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.
The needs in Soweto Tulia, Kenya
The Soweto Tulia community is primarily composed of settlers from rural areas who move to Nairobi in search of work. Many of them struggle to find jobs, so their families end up living in slums just outside of the city. They live under poor conditions and are unable to meet their family’s basic needs. Those who work are primarily laborers, with a smaller percentage running their own businesses. Without vocational training or a stronger education system, career options will remain limited. Free primary education in Kenya has increased enrollment rates, but retention continues to fall. In many cases, children drop out of school to make money, especially when parents do not prioritize education. Other children relocate to live with other family members when their own parents pass away, most often from AIDS-related illnesses. Those who do stay in school are not guaranteed a quality education. Classrooms are overcrowded, and teachers are insufficiently equipped. Family structures in Soweto Tulia are being torn apart by HIV and AIDS, either by leaving children to fend for themselves or weakening adults so they are unable to care for their families. High infection rates are a result of limited knowledge about HIV prevention, risky lifestyles, and low parental guidance. For people already affected, the prevalent stigma surrounding the disease inhibits them from seeking counseling and treatment services. Discrimination and misunderstandings stir up fear and apathy among community- and faith-based organizations, making them reluctant to care for families affected by HIV or AIDS.
Life cycle of a sponsorship community
World Vision has been in this community for 22 years.
Soweto Tulia, Kenya is in Phase 3
PHASE 1: Years 1-3
- Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
- Partnership with community begins
- Outline needs and resources
- Child sponsorship begins
PHASE 2: Years 4-9
- Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
- Children benefit from life-changing projects
- Community embraces project ownership
PHASE 3: Years 10-close
- Years of hard work continues to transform lives
- Community self-sufficiency grows
- A sustainable plan for the future is determined
- World Vision leaves
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