Soin's Community News

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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 Soin community is comprised of valley lowlands and highland escarpments. It is located in the remote heartland of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. The area is 405 km northwest of Nairobi, the nation's capital. More than half of the people living in Soin are farmers, and many raise cattle and goats. However, they struggle to make an adequate living due to the rough terrain, high temperatures, frequent droughts, and cattle theft, referred to as rustling.
Child Protection
  • 4 community groups and individuals worked together on advocacy efforts, encouraging the government to address child protection and safety issues.
  • 2 local level advocacy events where children and youth participated meaningfully in community decision-making
  • 60 community leaders learned how to support parents in raising children holistically, helping leaders address attitudes and actions that harm children.
Community Development
  • 2 community service projects were implemented.
  • 4436 boys and girls took part in faith-based activities, deepening their understanding of God's love for them, others and nature.
* 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:
  • Educate community members on importance of education for all children, and every child's right to attend school. Support the construction of early
  • Childhood Development Centre classrooms, and provide them with desks and learning materials. Provide refresher training for teachers.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Educate families, and especially mothers, on child nutrition and infant feeding.
  • Train community health care workers and support the prevention and management of common diseases.

To combat the spread and repercussions of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate community members of all ages on preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS.
  • Enhance community-led care for orphans, vulnerable children, and people living with HIV and AIDS.
  • Support voluntary HIV counseling and testing services.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Install clean water sources.
  • Train water monitor groups in water source maintenance.
  • Educate community members on sanitation, hygiene, and environmental conservation
  • Subsidize latrine construction and tree planting.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Soin can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Help families and community groups establish viable income-generating activities.
  • Provide improved access to microfinance loans.
  • Initiate plans to improve agricultural practices and expand irrigation.

Explore Soin

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 Soin

Unfortunately, students school performance has declined in recent years. 9% of boys and 12% of girls drop out before completing primary school, and less than half of all pupils enrol in secondary school. Parents often have to make a difficult choice between sending their children to school, or having them herd cattle or fetch water to help the family survive.

Not enough children attend Early Childhood Development Centres to prepare them for primary school. This is often due to the fact that most centres are short of classrooms, desks, and teaching and learning materials. Many preschool-age children attend classes outdoors under trees, seated on rocks.

Health Care
Children in Soin under the age of five are malnourished. Mothers and caregivers have limited knowledge about infant and child nutrition. Most births take place at home in the presence of untrained traditional birth attendants, which puts mothers and babies at risk of serious complications. With a 31% prevalence rate, malaria is rampant in the area, especially in the highlands where mosquitoes thrive. Upper respiratory tract infections also affect 27% of the population, and the prevalence of diarrhea is estimated to be over 16%.

HIV prevalence in Soin is 8.7%, and the nearest HIV counseling and testing centre is 47 km away. More than 3,600 orphans and vulnerable children in the community need care and support, many of whom lost their parents due to AIDS.

Water and Sanitation
Only 17% of families in Soin have access to clean water sources. Women and girls must walk long distances to collect water. 80% of families use river water for drinking and bathing. Poor sanitation practices contaminate the environment, however, and only 25% of households have proper latrines. Waterborne diseases are rampant, and children suffer the most. Excessive cutting of trees for firewood, charcoal, and lumber has degraded the environment that naturally sustains water sources. This is depleting available water supplies.

Economic Development
Household incomes are very low. 54% of the population of Soin lives below the poverty line. More than half of families rely on agriculture as their main source of food and income. However, crop production is low due to poor rainfall, ineffective farming techniques, a lack of supplies, and insufficient access to loans. There are 129 registered community organizations, but only eleven 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

Soin,  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.