How does clean water change lives? These girls wrote a poem to tell you just how life-giving and transformative it can be.
Why World Vision is in Kenya
This year a former World Vision sponsored child became the Archbishop of the Anglican church of Kenya—your support truly does transform lives and communities! While this is a reason to celebrate, severe droughts have hit Kenya for the last few years, affecting over 3 million people’s livelihoods. The drought has forced thousands of families to migrate in search of food, putting their children’s well-being and education at risk. We’re partnering with local organizations and governments to help families get food and long-term solutions. Female genital mutilation, although illegal, still affects one in five girls. To fight this harmful practice and raise awareness, five teenage Kenyan girls developed an app for rescue and relief efforts. Their injustice-fighting innovation earned them a spot at a global tech competition hosted by Google in California. With your support, communities are investing in clean water access, better sanitation, and hygiene training. Through the Channels of Hope programs, we’re giving faith leaders tools and language to support gender equality and stigmatized people in their communities, like those living with HIV and AIDS. We’re also working to provide food for the millions affected by the drought. Together, your support of these programs is helping kids transform their communities for lasting changes.
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:
Hungry children and their families and success of our work to help them survive.
Solutions to reduce the high unemployment rates for young adults that slow down efforts to improve welfare and decrease poverty.
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