Tunyo's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Tunyo community is located in an area of dry lowlands and forested escarpment, in the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The community is northwest of Nairobi, Kenya's capital city. The area has two rainy seasons: one from mid-March to July or August, and the other from October to November. Rainfall is low, at less than 850 mm a year.

90% of the population practice subsistence farming, growing crops and keeping livestock. Main crops include bananas, mangoes, and sorghum, but farm yields are low. Families keep poultry, goats, and sheep, but cattle are not popular due to rampant cattle rustling in the area. About 65% of the community lives below the poverty line and face the added burdens of high HIV and AIDS prevalence, inadequate health care, and harmful traditions that accelerate HIV infections. These include polygamy, widow inheritance and unhygienic circumcision.
A few highlights of the Impact achieved from our recent program evaluation

  • 87% of children are attending preschools, compared to 72% before, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • 93% of children with pneumonia were treated at a health facility and better cared for, compared to 72% before.
  • 94% of children received all age-appropriate vaccines to help protect them from diseases, compared to 83% before.
  • The percentage of students who dropped out of school has decreased from 7.7% to 5.0%.
  • 53% of caregivers can now provide for their children's basic needs, such as food, clothing and blankets, compared to 20% before.
  • 54% of women are now using family planning methods for healthier mothers and babies, as opposed to 43% before.
  • 540 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 34 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 60 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 980 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 14 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Renovate and equip classrooms.
  • Train school management committees and teachers.
  • Establish a children's parliament to give children a voice on issues that affect them and their education.
  • Inform community members of importance of education and address harmful cultural practices. 

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Support maternal and child health campaigns.
  • Prevent and treat common diseases.
  • Implement plans to improve water supplies and sanitation practices.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate community members of all ages on the realities of HIV and preventing its spread.
  • Establish community-led care and support for orphans and people living with HIV and AIDS.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Tunyo can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train and support local groups to establish viable income-generating activities.
  • Provide access to microfinance loans.
  • Implement plans to improve household food availability.
  • Boost networking opportunities and improve access to markets.