Soin'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 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.
  • 5 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 52 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 32 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication               
  • 12 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 3,057 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 40 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 12 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 1 savings group is helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 1,200 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 12 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases               
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.