Being chosen can be an emotional reminder of God’s love. When you are chosen by a child in need as their sponsor, it can be life-changing for your new sponsored child and for 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.
- Several communities in Kenya are being equipped with strategies to make changes that better protect children.
- Children in Kenya are advocating for their safety and their rights as they give input into community plans.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- More children have access to clean water after new water systems were built in several communities.
- Students are healthier after they learned proper hygiene habits and new latrines were built at their 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.
- Thousands of kids can access education after their communities were empowered to provide the support kids need to enroll and stay in school. One community savings group, for example, raised money to pay for school fees for several children who weren't able to attend before.
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
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.
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.
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