September Focus: Kenya
This is the final month of our Strong Women, Strong World country series, sharing stories about World Vision projects from that country throughout the month. For September, our focus is Kenya.
Over half of the population of Kenya lives below the poverty line, and the unemployment rate is about 40 percent-the 13th highest rate in the world. An extended drought starting in 2006 intensified the situation. In Kenya’s North Rift region, harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage, poor school facilities, a weak child protection system, and a nomadic lifestyle that leads to a form of child labor all undermine the well-being of children and keep them from fulfilling their potential in life.
World Vision is addressing these issues through the Kenya Child Protection Program. We are coming alongside communities to raise awareness of children’s rights, create environments that protect children, and build and strengthen the capacity of local organizations that respond to abuse so children suffering harm are supported. The program also is increasing children’s access to an education—opening doors of opportunity for them, and providing an alternative to FGM, early marriage, and child labor.
In Kenya, World Vision’s Strong Women, Strong World initiative focuses on child protection, equipping the populations of five World Vision development areas with tools, information, and resources to keep children safe at home, in school, and throughout their community.
Stories in this series: