- ChildFund came to Kenya: 1960
- Population below poverty line: 50%
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Kenya is an independent republic that lies on the Indian Ocean coast and forms part of the East African region. The country generally enjoys tropical climate. It is hot and humid at the coast, temperate inland and very dry in the north and northeast parts of the country. There is plenty of sunshine all year round.
Care and development of infants and young children
ChildFund Kenya promotes culturally appropriate, locally run, sustainable childcare centers to lay the foundation for future learning and the development of life skills. One of the hallmarks of the Early Childhood Development program (ECCD) is the revitalization of positive cultural child-rearing practices among the Maasai and Samburu through home-based ECCD centers known as Loipi (the shade). To date there are more than 200 such structures in Samburu district. Through the Loipi, ChildFund conducts health, nutrition and livelihoods training for mothers.
Under health and nutrition, ChildFund Kenya in collaboration with the Ministry of Health carries out deworming and growth monitoring for young children. Severely malnourished children are referred to hospitals. We teach parents about healthy feeding and nutrition to mitigate this. Additionally, supplementary feeding is a key activity in the ECCD centers aimed at improving the health status of the children. Supplementary feeding also targets expectant and lactating mothers.
Quality learning opportunities in basic education
In support of the Kenyan government’s commitment to free primary education for all children, ChildFund has partnered with other development organizations and the private sector to develop the infrastructure of primary schools; provide supplies and instructional materials to schools with the greatest need; reduce gender disparities; and improve quality and access to education for all Kenyan children.
Leadership and livelihood skills
ChildFund Kenya has rolled out efforts to enable the community to embrace a Voluntary Savings & Loans (VS&L) strategy. Members contribute regularly to a fund that is owned and governed by the group itself. Contributing to such a fund promotes a culture of “saving for a rainy day.” These funds have helped beneficiaries start small businesses, which improves their economic status and livelihoods.
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