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.
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.
Read four stories of change from Kenya:
– Former World Vision sponsored child Teresa Cheptoo is now an outspoken advocate against female genital mutilation (FGM) and is encouraging girls towards education.
– Thanks to World Vision training on alternative rites of passage, Salima was taught about her right to refuse to be circumcised and to say NO to FGM.
– At Ntimama Ridge Primary School, popularly known as the school on the hill, World Vision constructed a boarding facility which is serving as a rescue center for girls fleeing from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage.
– Read how World Vision helped construct a laboratory and improved access to learning materials for students at a secondary school.