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Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year.

The Taveta community is home to more than 60,000 people, almost 20,000 of which are children. In this area, many trees have been cut down, damaging a large portion of the land's resources, while natural disasters such as floods and drought have also impacted the growth of livestock and crops. Although fences have been built to keep nearby wildlife away, animals such as elephants can still pose a threat to crops, livestock, and, to some extent, the community's overall safety. This not only impacts access to nutritious food, but business growth for local farmers and the general wellbeing of residents.

In Taveta, children are the most vulnerable, and often do not go to school or drop out early. Things like poverty, child labour, and child prostitution threaten children's sense of safety. Deeply rooted cultural values expose children, especially girls, to practices such as female genital mutilation and early or forced marriages. Children who have disabilities, are terminally ill, or who are affected by HIV and AIDS often face discrimination and cannot access basic education, health care, or loving support to grow and develop.
Child Protection
  • 2480 parents and community members learned about child protection issues, creating a safer environment where children can learn and grow.
  • 10 partners participated in program focused on improving child wellbeing.
  • 3 dialogue and lobbying processes, and meetings with decision makers were led by World Vision
  • 60 functional early childhood development management committees were created.
  • 3 community structures participated in child protection initiatives.
  • 243 youth actively participated in community decision-making forums.
  • 1018 children were empowered with life skills and peace skills.
  • 11 children were rescued from harmful, abusive, exploitative or discriminatory practices.
  • 68 community members implemented spiritual nurture activities for children
  • 9 churches and faith-based groups are involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
  • 1 primary school has earned above-average scores in national exams.
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Strengthen the community infrastructure to successfully manage schools.
  • Promote motivational support as a way to improve student performance.
  • Build teacher skills and support current methods with enhanced training.
  • Improve learning environments in primary schools and early childhood programs.
  • Improve student literacy through community reading camps and teacher training.
  • Create reading materials for children in their local language.
  • Build linkages with Kenya Wildlife services for better ways of controlling the wild animals that prevent children from going to school.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Prevent the spread of waterborne diseases in children.
  • Equip children and families with practical life skills to avoid contracting illnesses.
  • Support development of community infrastructure to care for and protect children's health and wellbeing.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Strengthen the local infrastructure to educate community members in the prevention of HIV and AIDS.

To ensure parents in Taveta can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Equip farmers with modern farming techniques Increase the production of food with drought-resistant crops.
  • Increase farmers ties to markets to ensure they get a fair price for their crops.
  • Build linkages with Kenya Wildlife Services for better ways of controlling the wild animals that destroy crops.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Build and repair water sources to improve access to safe water.
  • Support families with knowledge about sanitation and the importance of boiling unclean water.
  • Strengthen the community's ability to manage the regular flooding that occurs in the area due to the water running down from Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Strengthen the management of current water systems and create better access for both families and farmers.
  • Build community capacity to manage natural resources and respond to climate-change issues.

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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 Taveta

Education in Taveta is an issue, as children in both primary and secondary schools have been underperforming and doing poorly on exams. Part of the reason for this is structural, as schools do not have enough trained teachers or administrators to support the number of students attending classes. As a result, children often graduate without even the most basic skills, such as being able to read and write. Additionally, schools lack the necessary resources to have proper curriculum and extracurricular activities for children's social growth, as well as instruction in practical life skills.

Another reason children struggle in school is because of the lack of priority given to education. Children are not encouraged to regularly attend school and often miss class and eventually drop out altogether. A lack of role models also impacts children, as they are less empowered to understand the importance of learning, and, as a result, do not pursue academic goals.

In some areas of Taveta, children also struggle to even getting to school, as they might run into wild elephants from the surrounding Tsavo National Park. The schools cannot keep water in the tank they have for the students because the elephants will smell the water and destroy it. There is a need to negotiate with Kenya Wildlife services for more support to control the wildlife in these areas.

Health Care
The state of health care in Taveta needs improvement, especially when it comes to the children in the community. Due to challenges with farming, children often do not receive the nourishment they need to develop and grow properly. An assessment of children between six months and five years of age revealed that up to 40% were underdeveloped for their age.

In addition, poor sanitation and hygiene practices in the community create a number of diseases that leave children vulnerable, including malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Waterborne diseases occur frequently, which impacts the health of children.

Many people in Taveta are also affected by HIV and AIDS. Although there are strong support groups within the area, there are too few interventions and initiatives to help teach school-aged children and community members about how to better prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS.

In Taveta, there are many issues with food security, some of which come as a result of natural disasters, such as drought and flooding. The community lacks resources to farm drought-resistant crops and cope with the frequent flooding that happens throughout the year. These disasters alone make it difficult for farmers to produce good crops, but the situation is made worse by wildlife whose presence threatens the wellbeing of fields, livestock, and people.

The cost to buy quality resources such as fertilizers, pesticides, and certified seeds is too high, and there is little information available on alternative farming techniques. Since they cannot use the best products and practices for their crops, farmers often use outdated methods, which produce less food for both their families and their businesses.

Water and Sanitation
Poor sanitation and hygiene practices are common in the community. There is frequent of flooding in Taveta, combined with poorly protected water sources. Additionally, the community struggles to properly manage natural resources, such as water sources. Often, farmers do not have enough water for their crops, and lack the knowledge to make the most of rainwater for irrigation.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Taveta,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.