Kenya

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.

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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 and have access to healthcare and education, we raised awareness on the importance of birth certificates and helped many children, including some of the most vulnerable, become registered.
  • In order to increase household incomes and economic opportunities, new savings groups were formed to help parents increase their income and better provide for their children.
  • 8 mobile campaigns on birth registration were conducted, resulting in 1,516 children receiving birth certificates.

  • 145 police officers, reservists, chiefs, and assistance chiefs were trained on the right of children to be protected from harm, laws governing sexual offenses, forms of child abuse, and steps for connecting survivors to recovery services.
  • 250 children learned to be peer educators and are now helping other children develop life skills. These include good decision-making, emotional control, effective communication, self-awareness, and conflict resolution.
  • We improved the employment potential of 6,000 women and girls through digital literacy and entrepreneurship trainings, better enabling them to care for themselves and their families.

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 partners like the Ministry of Health to extend water pipelines, construct water points, and install large water tanks at schools.
  • We improved sanitation in schools and communities by constructing latrines and teaching classes on handwashing, waste management, and personal hygiene.
  • To improve maternal and child health, we partnered with community health systems to train health workers on child nutrition, kitchen gardening, and maternal health. These workers were then able to educate caregivers in the community on these topics.

  • The number of young children and pregnant women sleeping under long lasting insecticidal nets increased by 35 percent and 33 percent respectively.
  • 1,108 community health workers were trained on hanging nets and sharing information on malaria prevention and the importance of sleeping under the nets.
  • 11,494 children younger than 5 and pregnant or nursing women attended High Impact Nutrition Intervention outreaches.
  • 1,602 children younger than 5 were fully immunized.
  • We empowered communities to better their health and well-being with life-saving clean water, as well as safe sanitation and hygiene to prevent water-related illness.
  • We constructed mechanized water systems, installed new and rehabilitated existing wells and water points, and built sanitation and handwashing facilities.
  • Schoolchildren received training in healthy hygiene practices and behavior change.
  • Health workers received training and technical assistance for hygiene and sanitation.
  • We built the capacity of local wheelchair providers to undertake proper fitting and updates for clients to ensure that all people with mobility limitations are able to enjoy full participation in their communities.
  • We are supporting age-appropriate HIV services for youth, especially adolescent girls, including psychosocial support, testing, and vocational training.
  • We're improving maternal, infant, and child health through use of our community-led advocacy approach to ensure communities receive the health services to which they are entitled.
  • We are working to strengthen the health system for four rural communities by training 82 health workers and by involving men and faith leaders to encourage use of health services, including family planning.
  • We are working to eliminate polio through vaccination and behavior change with the help of thousands of community volunteers.

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 partnered with the Ministry of Education and school management committees to improve school learning environments for children by providing equipment and materials for schools, as well as constructing new dormitories and classrooms.
  • To improve the quality of education for children, we worked with partners to provide training for teachers on topics like life skills, literacy, and early childhood development.

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:

  • Our staff and the families we serve who face the dangers of terrorism attacks.

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  • Unemployed youth who long to find jobs and hope for the future.

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News from Kenya

Matthew 25: Pray for the thirsty

663 million people around the world don’t have access to clean water. Join us in prayer for children and families who are thirsty and lack this most basic necessity.