Results Kenya 2016

About half of all 44 million Kenyans live under the official poverty line; millions are small-scale farmers or live in appalling conditions in big city slums. The average life expectancy is only 61 years. Poverty, drought, food shortages, unemployment, lack of clean drinking water, poor equipped medical facilities and HIV/AIDS are a daily reality. Quality of state education is often poor. Classrooms are overcrowded, understaffed and undersupplied. In addition, inequality of women and girls is sadly still common place and they are therefore often affected most.

Projects in Kenya

ChildsLife’s programs in Kenya benefit local projects in the areas of health, care, education, food, W.A.S.H and infrastructure. ChildsLife works directly with communities, schools, children’s homes and medical facilities to reach the target population. ChildsLife works in slums and various rural regions of the country. Needs assessments take place by ChildsLife local staff and in cooperation with partner NGOs. ChildsLife also collaborates with government and community-based groups to implement programs focusing on care, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Years of in-country experience, detailed knowledge of the country and its many tribes ensures ChildsLife is known, respected and trusted by beneficiaries and partners alike. ChildsLife has been working in Kenya since 1996, and was registered as a local NGO in 2005.

→  ChildsLife in the slums

ChildsLife works in Kibera and Mukuru Kwa Slums in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Well over 1.5 million people live here, packed together in small huts, without access to clean water, sewerage or electricity. Extreme poverty, diseases like HIV/AIDS and high unemployment rates make it a place from which it is hard to escape. ChildsLife has local field offices in the slums from where projects are run.

ChildsLife Live, Learn, Earn HIV+ mothers program
The goal of the ChildsLife Live, Learn, Earn program is to create a self-sustainable future for HIV+ mothers who thought they no longer had a future. This unique program has a duration of 15 months and provides women in 3 phases (Live, Learn, Earn) with social support, medical care, food supplements, counselling, training and business training. Upon successful completion of the program the women receive a micro credit, allowing them to start their own business. In 2016 ChildsLife supported 150 women in 5 groups, 2 of which in Kibera slum and 3 in Mukuru slum. The average family in Kenya has 5 children. This means that by helping 150 mothers, approximately 750 children were given a chance to a better future. This program has proven highly successful and has supported over 1300 women to regain their independence and rebuild a future for themselves and their children.

ChildsLife Live, Learn, Earn HIV-Mothers Program Achieved in 2016 In Plan 2016? Children reached Program Components
Support to 2 groups in Kibera (60 mothers) ± 300  Childslife_04_Love_Icon
Support to 3 groups in Mukuru (90 members) ± 750  Childslife_04_Love_Icon

ChildsLife Vocational Centre
The ChildsLife Vocational Centre, built by ChildsLife and opened in 2011, gives youth from Kibera Slum between 14-25 years old the opportunity to learn a trade and empowers them to promote their own socio and economic development. A range of courses are on offer such as tailoring, health & beauty, electrical engineering and computer graphics. According to local demand, in 2016 the Vocational Centre expanded the courses on offer and added Business Administration and Early Childhood Development. In addition to their enrolled course, all students partake in computer classes and Life Skills classes. In 2016, 300 students took courses at the centre, taking an important step towards being able to provide for themselves.

ChildsLife Vocational Centre Achieved in 2016 In Plan 2016? Youth reached Program Components
Education for 300 students 300  Childslife_03_Learn_Icon
School furniture 300  Childslife_01_House_Icon
Salaries 300  Childslife_03_Learn_IconChildslife_01_House_Icon

KAG Olympic Primary School
The KAG Olympic primary school, located next to the ChildsLife Vocational Centre, provides primary education to 600 children between 3 and 14 years of age. In 2016 ChildsLife supported KAG Olympic with the provision of school books, teaching materials and food for the school feeding program for pupils.

KAG Olympic School Achieved in 2016 In Plan 2016? Children reached Program Components
School books and education 600  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_03_Learn_Icon
School feeding program 600  Childslife_02_Food_Icon

Chema Vision Primary School
Chema Vision primary school is located deep down in Kibera Slum and provides primary education to the children of Kibera’s poorest families. The school was founded in 2009 and has grown rapidly ever since. In 2016, 270 children were registered at the Chema Vision school. In 2016 ChildsLife continued its school feeding program, contributed to school renovations, classroom furniture and teachers’ salaries. ChildsLife also provided the 8th grade pupils with exams materials needed for their final exams with which they will be able to continue their education.

Chema Vision pupils on excursion
In February 2016, the pupils of Chema Vision went on a rare school trip to the Nairobi National Park, courtesy of a private donor. The pupils are from very poor backgrounds and do not get many opportunities to see life outside the slum. So an excursion like this can be a life-changing event.

Chema Vision Primary School Achieved in 2016 In Plan 2016? Children reached Program Components
Food and education 270  Childslife_02_Food_IconChildslife_01_House_IconChildslife_03_Learn_Icon
Salaries 2 senior teachers 270  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_03_Learn_Icon
School repairs 270  Childslife_01_House_Icon
Purchase and provision of grade 8 exams materials  (Clip boards, maths sets) 13  Childslife_03_Learn_Icon
School excursion to Nairobi National Park 270  Childslife_03_Learn_Icon

→ ChildsLife and the Maasai

ChildsLife has been working with several Maasai communities for years to structurally improve their situation by designing practical solutions together with the Maasai which lead to self-sustainability.

Maasai school projects
For a traditional tribe like the Maasai, education has become vital. Because of changing climates and modern lifestyle which encroach on their traditions, a future is no longer only in keeping a herd, it is in sending children to school. Unfortunately, Kenya does not have enough schools to provide an education for everyone. In addition, in the poorest of Maasai communities the costs of an education are too high for parents. That is why ChildsLife has supported various communities and a range of schools, both primary and secondary, in these remote areas.

In 2016 ChildsLife continued its five-year multiple schools’ development program in the Maasai region of Olepolos which benefits close to 1000 children. 2016 saw the renovation and development of Eiti Kisamis, Oloikum Nasira and Elangata primary schools. The schools were fitted with new classrooms, old classrooms were renovated, school furniture and school supplies were provided. Elangata and Eiti Kisamis were fitted with water tanks including water catchment systems. The 3 renovated schools now provide an education to 560 boys and girls.

Give a school a herd
In 2012 ChildsLife started the project ‘Give a school a herd’ which aims to provide schools with a source of income and become self-sustainable. ChildsLife donates cows or goats to a school. Each school looks after and grows the herds in order to be able to sell offspring after some time. The income this generates is used for the purchase of school materials, food for school lunches, furniture, teachers’ salaries or school repairs. Since 2012, 4 schools successfully partake in this project.

Leshuta Primary School in Olepolos is the latest school to have joined the project. ChildsLife donated 18 goats to the school. The project has been a success so far and both the school and Leshuta community are actively involved. The herd has grown to 25 goats which will allow the school, together with the PTA and management committee, to sell some of the goats and reinvest the profits into the school.

Maasai Primary Schools Olepolos Achieved in 2016 In Plan 2016? Children reached Program Components
Installation of water tank and catchment systems
150  Childslife_01_House_Icon
Construction 4 new classroom  + classroom repairs (Elangata) 150  Childslife_01_House_Icon
Provision of 80 desks (Elangata) 150  Childslife_01_House_Icon
Construction 1 classroom (Oloikum Nasira) 210  Childslife_01_House_Icon
Construction 1 new classroom (Eiti Kisamis) 150  Childslife_01_House_Icon

→ ChildsLife in Makueni

Makueni is a remote, dry and barren region east of Nairobi. The region suffers with widespread poverty and illiteracy as many of its inhabitants never attended school. Parents do realize that it is important for their children to have an education to be able to provide them with means to escape this poverty. ChildsLife has been active in this region for many years with education and water programs which combat the droughts often seen in this area.

In 2016 ChildsLife selected 2 primary schools to benefit from its water and school renovation program: Kwa Kavisi and Kasambani. Both schools were fitted with rainwater harvesting systems and five 10.000 liter water tanks each and classroom renovations took place. The 2 school provide an education and clean drinking water to nearly 500 children.

Food program
A total of 5 schools in the Makueni region benefitted from the ChildsLife food program; the Kiunduani, Kwamaluvya, Kavumbu, Kathamboni and Syatu primary schools.

Makueni primary schools Achieved in 2016 In Plan 2016? Children reached Program Components
Classroom Repairs (Kwa Kavisi) 250  Childslife_01_House_Icon
Classroom Repairs (Kasambani) 240  Childslife_01_House_Icon
Food (5 schools) 1060   Childslife_02_Food_Icon
Water catchment systems (Kwa Kavisi, Kasambani) 490  Childslife_01_House_Icon
10 watertanks (Kwa Kavisi, Kasambani) 490  Childslife_03_Learn_IconChildslife_01_House_Icon
Kathamboni Greenhouse: purchase seedlings + salary support for 2 farmers 350  Childslife_01_House_Icon

→ Greenhouse Projects

As a means to create self-sustainability, ChildsLife places greenhouses at schools and communities. After installation the greenhouse is placed under school or community management. The produce of the greenhouses is utilized for schools or community feeding programs. In addition, as greenhouses provide more crop than required for own consumption, the remaining crop is sold at local markets. The income generated by vegetable sales is re-invested in the school.

In 2015 ChildsLife constructed a greenhouse at Kathamboni primary school in the Makueni region. The greenhouse is now fully operational and provides food for the school feeding program for 350 children and generates an income for the school. In 2016 ChildsLife supported the greenhouse with the purchase of additional seedlings and salaries for 2 farmers.

→ ChildsLife Water Projects

Over the years ChildsLife has built an expertise in the installation of water systems, varying from water tanks with rain water catchment systems up to complete water systems with deep bore holes, water troughs, storage tanks and piping systems. ChildsLife strives to provide as many Kenyan schools as possible with access to clean drinking water and depending on local circumstances a suitable solution is found and implemented.

In 2016 ChildsLife constructed water systems at Kwa Kavisi and Kasambani primary schools in the Makueni region. The system consists of 5 water tanks of 10,000 litre capacity each and are installed complete with rain water catchment systems, hand wash and drinking points. With this project ChildsLife gives nearly 500 children access to clean drinking water and helps them through the day in better hygiene, health and without thirst.


Other beneficiaries in 2016

  • Hope House Babies Home received financial support and in-kind donations of baby furniture and clothing.
Hope House Babies Home Achieved in 2016 In Plan 2016? Children reached Program Components
Gifts in Kind (Furniture and baby clothing) 40  Childslife_01_House_Icon
Financial support  – 40  Childslife_01_House_Icon