Cheru and Kamama live in rural Kenya, and like millions of African children, they help their mothers carry water every day. Though the 5-year-olds live just 16 miles apart, for one, fetching water is a three-hour struggle; for the other, it’s a seven-minute stroll. Walk with them.
Why World Vision is in Kenya
During 2015, Kenya hosted two world leaders, Pope Francis and President Obama. Both leaders promoted youth empowerment and spoke out against terror attacks. In addition to terrorism, malnutrition and malaria plagued Kenya in 2015. Harvest yields plummeted during a debilitating drought and millions of Kenyans went hungry. While hunger took a toll, malaria remained the leading cause of death in Kenya. World Vision’s campaign to reduce cases of malaria continued with the delivery of 367,050 mosquito nets. We’ve helped protect nearly 12 million people over the last five years. Community volunteers were equipped to educate their neighbors about using the nets, which led to a better understanding of the dangers of malaria and a commitment to using precautions. We’ve also prioritized child protection. Sixty churches were trained to provide our biblically based Celebrating Families workshops that help parents create a loving home environment in which children can grow in their faith and develop strong Christian character.
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.
- In order to ensure that children are protected and have official recognition in Kenya, programs worked with partners to raise awareness on child protection and the importance of birth registrations and helped many children become registered.
- In order to increase household incomes and economic opportunities, programs in Kenya helped establish, train, and monitor village savings groups so that households can more easily access financial services through these groups.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- In order to expand access to safe and healthy water sources, programs in Kenya worked with partners like the Ministry of Health to extend pipelines, construct water points, and install large water tanks at schools.
- Programs in Kenya worked with schools and communities to improve sanitation and health by implementing the Community Led Total Sanitation approach in communities and constructing latrines at 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.
- Programs in Kenya worked with partners like the Ministry of Education and school management committees to improve school learning environments for children by providing equipment for schools, as well as contributing to the construction of classrooms. These included early childhood development centers and a school for children with special needs.
- In order to improve the acces to education, programs in Kenya raised community awareness about the importance of education and worked with partners to provide materials and school fee subsidies to help children, including those with disabilities, attend school.
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.
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Prayer Requests from Kenya
World Vision's staff in Kenya are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Our staff and the families we serve who face the dangers of terrorism attacks.
Unemployed youth who long to find jobs and hope for the future.
News from Kenya
Two Kenyan mothers desire education, independence, and health for their daughters, but only one has assurance her daughter’s life can be better than her own.
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