World Vision Kenya celebrates 40 years
World Vision Kenya has celebrated 40 years of dedicated service that today reaches more than 1.7 million children in 35 of the country’s 47 counties.
The celebrations marking the milestone were held at a primary school at Osiligi Area Development Program in Kajiado County to underscore World Vision’s emphasis on working with children and communities.
The colorful event was attended by the deputy county governor for Kajiado, Paul Ntiati, other dignitaries, community members and about 300 school children. Speaking at the event, Dickens Thunde, World Vision Kenya’s national director, said this was an opportunity to reflect on God’s faithfulness.
“This is a very big occasion for us, to look back and see how faithful God has been and celebrate the sponsors and donors who have faithfully given towards the work,” he said. “We are also grateful to the communities and the children. They have been through different challenges and yet they have persevered. We are grateful when we see people’s lives, particularly children, being transformed.”
Osiligi is among the communities that have undergone transformation. Before World Vision began work in the area, women and children walked long distances in search of water. Today, following World Vision’s installation of solar-powered boreholes, water is readily accessible.
Mr. Thunde also took the opportunity to recognize the church in Kenya, which has been instrumental in World Vision’s work since its inception. He also lauded the government of Kenya for the role it has played in ensuring that World Vision is able to implement projects throughout the country.
“Moving forward, we want to leave a lasting impact on children. To achieve this we want our development interventions to go deeper and we will do this through partnerships. We recognize that we cannot do anything on our own thus we need to partner with the communities, children, the church and the government,” he said.
World Vision Kenya will also seek to mobilize more resources locally, challenging Kenyans to respond to the needs of fellow Kenyans. Currently most support for World Vision Kenya comes from donors overseas.
World Vision began work in Kenya in 1974 in response to widespread drought and famine in Makueni County. World Vision started child sponsorship in Kenya in 1978 with 2,000 children in Narok County.
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