By air, land, and sea, World Vision is racing to deliver emergency food supplies across East Africa for families in need.
Why World Vision is in Kenya
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, sponsors may experience delays in communication from their sponsored child. We are actively working to keep you updated as the situation changes. 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.
- Families are joining savings groups and taking classes on personal finance to help them provide for their children over the long-term.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Toilets were built in several homes and public bathrooms were built to promote better community health by improving access to good hygiene and sanitation.
- Thousands of kids and community members received hygiene kits and attended hygiene trainings that focused on topics such as proper hand washing and strategies to protect their families from COVID-19.
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.
- Teachers were given supplies and training to support them as they shifted to teaching children remotely.
- Schools were equipped with separate gender bathrooms, hand washing stations, and clean water sources to help keep students and teachers healthy while also allowing them to focus on their studies.
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
Children with disabilities face barriers that often hinder them from receiving proper nutrition, humanitarian aid, or other basic services. We believe every child deserves the chance to reach their God-given potential. Join us to pray for children with disabilities.
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