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: 2016

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.

  • 25 new households joined our savings groups that provide interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services, empowering them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs.
  • To enhance economic opportunities, we trained 355 households on entrepreneurship, business management, finance, and marketing so they could start small businesses that support their children's education and healthcare.
  • Members of advisory councils took part in a series of meetings that equipped them to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations.

  • To help children build their self-esteem and communication skills, we supported children and youth networks. The networks have helped increase children's active participation in school programs and given them a voice in community decisions that affect them.

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.

  • We renovated a preschool classroom so that young children could attend school in a positive environment and learn readiness skills for primary school, such as counting, letter recognition, and socialization with other 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.

  • 16,000 children participated in school Bible clubs that we established in partnership with an organization called Children in Christ. Kids learn to sing, pray, and memorize Bible verses at the clubs.

Soweto Tulia

current conditions

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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