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.

Explore Tunyo

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Tunyo

Primary school dropout rates are higher in Tunyo than in neighbouring communities, and more girls drop out than boys. Few children go on to secondary school. Although primary school enrollment is above 83%, secondary school enrollment is less than 23%. Students typically perform poorly on their national exams. They face many obstacles to their education, including widespread poverty, high rates of HIV and AIDS, a shortage of teachers, overcrowded classrooms, and harmful cultural practices, such as female genital mutilation and forced early marriage for girls.

Health Care
Families tend to rely on traditional healers for the treatment of illnesses, and only go to health centres for serious medical conditions. Unfortunately, this can lead to severe health complications and death. Most births take place at home, and children often do not receive immunizations. Malaria, complications during childbirth, and malnutrition are common causes of death.

There is a reluctance to talk openly about HIV and AIDS, and a common belief that it is a curse or punishment from God. This has led to stigma against families affected by HIV and AIDS, which prevents them from receiving the care and assistance they need to survive.

Economic Development
Tunyo has the highest poverty level in the district, with 65% of its population living below the poverty line. Household incomes are very low. There are 22 registered community organizations, but only six are active. These groups have the potential to benefit children and families economically, but they lack effective management, funding, and markets for their products.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Tunyo,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.