World Vision’s photographers traveled around the world this year to tell stories of children and their families. They captured moments of struggle and moments of joy. Here are their favorite photos of 2019 and the stories behind them.
Why World Vision is in Kenya
In 2018 political tension between Kenya’s current president and opposition leader was resolved peacefully. The news calmed rising turmoil and economic instability for Kenyans. According to USAID, three in 10 Kenyans aren’t well-nourished enough to grow strong and healthy. Drought and floods are an ongoing concern, as well as an influx of refugees from neighboring countries. Terrorism is a potential threat in the northeastern part of the country due to ethnic conflicts and cultural practices like cattle rustling between different regions. Thanks to the support of our donors, more vulnerable Kenyan families are experiencing transformation. Economic empowerment programs helped improve food, nutrition, and livelihoods by supporting farmers’ produce sales. Women were equipped to create ponds at home to raise fish for eating and selling, which kept them safe from exploitation at historically dangerous fishing areas. Rural kids have better access to school, especially preschools. Children who are getting an education are more protected from harmful cultural practices like female genital mutilation/cutting, child labor, and child marriage. Partnering with religious leaders, we worked to spread awareness about good hygiene behaviors so communities can have better health. We also made sure water systems were upgraded so they stay sustainable and accessible to all.
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:
Harmful cultural practices like child labor and child marriage would end so children can finish their educations.
A sustainable solution to end extreme hunger and conflict so families don’t have to leave their homes in search of food and safety.
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