Nine years ago, our writer Kari lived with a family for five days in Kenya. They shared their lives, hunger, and poverty with her. In April, they reconnected.
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.
- To ensure that children are protected, we joined with our local partners to raise awareness on the importance of birth certificates for children to access healthcare, education, and protection.
- To increase household incomes and economic opportunities, we helped establish, train, and monitor village savings groups so that households can more easily access financial services and save for their children's school fees and medical needs.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- To expand access to safe and healthy water sources, we worked with the Ministry of Health to extend pipelines, construct new water points, and install large water storage tanks at schools.
- We worked with schools and communities to improve sanitation and health by implementing the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach in communities and constructing latrines at schools. CLTS is used to stop open defecation, increase access to latrines, and teach about preventing waterborne illnesses.
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 worked with the Ministry of Education and school management committees to improve schools by constructing new classrooms and providing needed equipment. Our efforts included preschools and a school for children with special needs.
- We raised community awareness about the importance of education and worked with partners to provide materials and school fees to help vulnerable 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.
- Following Christ's example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God's unconditional love.
Prayer Requests from Kenya
World Vision's staff in Kenya are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Peace and political stability as Kenya prepares for general elections.
God’s mercy and a coordinated response for those affected by the drought.
News from Kenya
Millions of people face famine if the current hunger crisis in East Africa continues to worsen. Read their stories and learn how World Vision is responding.
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