Kenya

Since 1993, Feed the Children has fought hunger and poverty in Kenya, through holistic community development programs.

Located in East Africa, Kenya is full of natural beauty and lays claim to part of Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake. Kenyans are very community-oriented and place high value on taking care of each other.

However, health issues are a major concern for many communities in Kenya. Poor water quality, HIV/AIDS and parasites often prevent parents from fully supporting their children in school or providing adequate resources for their health.

Alongside schools and communities, we help families overcome physical barriers to health and economic wellbeing. We work in both rural and urban communities throughout Kenya with a strong presence in the urban slums of Nairobi. To learn more about Feed the Children’s work in Kenya, read our 2016 Annual Report.

Kenya Basics

Population
48.4 million
Kids with Stunted Growth
26%
Life Expectancy
62.2 years
Average Years of Schooling
6.3 years
Poverty Rate
45.9%

Food & Nutrition

Proper nutrition, especially in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, helps them attain normal growth, prevent diseases, thrive educationally and achieve economic success. Through Care Groups, we train mothers to initiate a positive behavior change in neighbor groups, which improves the general hygiene sanitation and nutrition status of the community. Through this system, mothers are encouraged to communicate best practices to improve early child development.

Through growth monitoring, we can identify malnourished children before it’s too late. Due to the nutrition education we provide, caregivers are equipped to apply their nutrition knowledge and then take action to help malnourished children when needed.

Health & Water

Like in many other areas of the world, several diseases in Kenya are spread through poor sanitation and unclean water. To address these issues, we use Care Groups to promote water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) behaviors, as well as point-of-use water purification. These tactics can be extremely cost-effective and decrease the number of illnesses in the community.

Care Groups have served as a useful tool for more than addressing long-term nutrition and health interventions. These groups have also been extremely useful in quickly spreading emergency information. Last year, a cholera outbreak was prevented because of the great use of communication within the communities.

Education

Feed the Children has been an implementing partner for the World Food Programme since 2004. We are currently transitioning the school meals program in Nairobi with support from local government. With this change, we provide food through a cash transfer program. A school meals committee at each school is empowered to carry out the tendering process and coordinate preparation of food with the money a donor provides. This capacity building of individual schools ensures the long-term sustainability of the school meals program.

Additionally, we aim to lower the barriers that might prevent kids from reaching their full potential. Our comprehensive school health program commissions schools and communities to be responsible for their food security status. Since the onset of this program, some schools have started income generating initiatives like kitchen gardens, poultry production, greenhouses, and dairy farming.

Livelihoods

Through Village Savings and Loan groups, we help communities become economically self-reliant, encourage family savings and investments, and promote financial literacy. These groups are made up of community members who regularly contribute savings and provide loans to other members to start new businesses or to better provide for their family.

Through the increased access to capital, the group members are better equipped to participate in income-generating activities, such as household gardens, small livestock rearing or fish farming.

Take Action

Sponsor a Child in Kenya

Sponsoring a child in Kenya helps that child and also the entire community. Your monthly gift helps us create a community where no child goes to bed hungry. You can make sure one child eats nourishing food, drinks clean water from a source near their home, and goes to school where they learn and develop leadership skills. It also helps start family businesses. Most important, it gives these kids the chance to dream about a brighter tomorrow and make that dream a reality.

Your $34 a month will change the life of a child and his or her community forever!

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