Travel along with a letter to a sponsored child to learn all the steps involved in getting it from your desk to the child’s hands and then the child’s response back to you.
Why World Vision is in Kenya
Nearly 70% of Kenyans live near or under the poverty line, and about 3.1 million are in immediate need of food due to crop failure and natural disasters. 2019 brought drought to some parts of Kenya, and flooding to others. The effects of both were exacerbated by past farming practices that depleted the soil of nutrients and removed vegetation that protected it from erosion. Female genital mutilation (FGM) continues as a cultural practice in many parts of Kenya, with painful and life-altering effects on women. Through the generosity of donors, World Vision is engaging communities across Kenya on the subject of FGM: Public figures including the Queen of Belgium and World Vision’s CEO participated in community dialogues to expose the practice’s horrors. Food and aid were rushed to those affected by natural disasters. Farmers are now planting crops that provide better nutrition and profits, and using techniques that restore nutrients and stability to the soil. Leaders of different faiths are coming together to promote maternal and child health, gender equity, child protection, and HIV and AIDS prevention.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Kenya
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
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.
- Children in Kenya are advocating for their safety in the community. Not only do they use their voices to make the community safer for all kids, but they have the opportunity to give input on community initiatives.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Children in Kenya have better access to healthy food after their mothers learned how to use local foods to create well-balanced meals.
- World Vision-led trainings that helped kids learn proper hygiene habits and helped build latrines in schools.
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.
- Through leadership training, World Vision is encouraging children to advocate for their educations. Children are also learning about the impact education can have on their lives, which further encourages them to advocate for their right to a good education.
- World Vision is helping Kenyan communities access earlier education for their children. Pre-school enrollment rates rose in areas where World Vision led trainings on the impact of early childhood education.
Prayer Requests from Kenya
World Vision's staff in Kenya are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
For our ability to respond to natural disasters like locusts, drought, and floods.
For resources to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.
For Kenyan children to progress from primary to secondary school, and not be held back by harmful practices like FGM and child marriage, or conditions like insufficient resources and overcrowded schools.
News from Kenya
As COVID-19 began to rage in China, World Vision staff jumped into action. Decades of experience in combating infectious diseases told them that scaling up prevention would be key to protecting children and families in World Vision program areas. That’s why it’s one of the four key objectives in our global coronavirus response.
A Missouri family has raised more than $130,000, appeared on TV, and traveled to Kenya as they strive to end the global water crisis while living out God’s mission for them through running the Global 6K for Water and half-marathons with Team World Vision. They believe they can see the end to the global water crisis in their lifetime.
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