Kenya is an independent republic that lies on the Indian Ocean’s
coast and forms part of the East African region.
ChildFund has served children in Kenya since 1960.
ChildFund Kenya promotes culturally appropriate, locally run,
sustainable child care centers to lay the foundation for future learning and
the development of life skills in children. One of the hallmarks of the Early
Childhood Development program (ECD) is the revitalization of positive cultural
child-rearing practices among the Maasai and Samburu people through home-based
ECD centers known as Loipi (“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.
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.
To help build economic stability among youth and throughout
communities, ChildFund Kenya has introduced 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.
ChildFund Kenya collaborates with the Ministry of Health to carry
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 malnutrition. Additionally, supplementary feeding is a
key activity in the ECD centers and is aimed at improving the health status of
the children. Supplementary feeding also targets expectant and lactating
Reproductive health initiatives that target the youth help young people
make responsible choices about their own health and safety while also
strengthening positive peer groups.