As the world’s largest nongovernmental provider of clean water in the developing world, World Vision brings clean water to one new person every 10 seconds. Here are five examples of our water work around the world.
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.
- Recognizing that safety and protection of children requires the support of the whole community, community leaders and parents in Kenya were trained and mobilized on child rights and improved parenting skills using methods adapted to their cultural context.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Children and families in Kenya gained improved access to quality water through water filters provided at the household level. In communities water tanks were installed, new water points were constructed, and older water points were rehabilitated.
- To help improve nutrition, families in Kenya were trained to grow backyard gardens, how to prepare more nutritious meals for their children, and on infant feeding practices, including exclusive breastfeeding.
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.
- More children in Kenya attended school through the construction of new classrooms, equipping classrooms with desks, chairs and other learning materials, and subsidizing tuition payments for children most in need.
- To build employment and career skills for the future, youth in Kenya, who benefited from donated sewing machines and fabrics, had the opportunity to attend vocational training in tailoring. The sales of goods created in vocational classes helped pay for the school materials for these children.
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.
News from Kenya
Find out how your generosity brought clean water to Cheru and her community in Kenya. Cheru appeared on the cover of the spring 2017 World Vision magazine and her story also headlined the Global 6K for Water in 2017 and 2018.
Now that 6-year-old Cheru and her family have clean, fresh, running water near their home, life is better in so many ways. Clean water supports their community’s health, education, livelihoods, and spiritual growth.
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