A Voice For Children

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 12, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Kenya, Women and Girls, WV

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Marcellina is a 16-year-old, grade 10 student at St Joseph Chepterit Girls High School and marvels when she considers how fast life has changed in just three years. She now epitomizes the future of a changed society.

“I grew up in a patriarchal culture that emphasized more on conformity to the norms and practices of the community. Whereas this culture has some positive aspects, a lot of it is negative,” Marcellina shares. “These harmful negative cultural vices such as FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and child marriages are so institutionalized and no one dares speak against them.”

Marcellina recalls being a grade 7 pupil at Ortum Girls Primary, when her head teacher selected her to represent the school in the first ever County Children’s Assembly.

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Hanging On To Her Dream

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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Three years ago, Sharon’s life resonated with American President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous quote, “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” She was born and raised in North Pokot, Ken-ya, an area known for perpetuating harmful customs to girls. This included Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, a practice that is illegal in Kenya. Sharon*, who was twelve at the time, knew she was at risk of being circumcised and handed over to a potential suitor for marriage. The only hope she had was her grandmother who could protect her from being married off.

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Training Helps Couple Rebuild Their Love

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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Judy Nyokabi Kimondo, 34, could no longer doubt her sixth sense. Deep down, she knew her marriage was on the rocks. She admits, “I got married 19 years ago to Charles at an early age and despite being blessed with three children, our relationship had started to drift apart and love flew out the window. I sensed in my spirit that we had lost focus in life, always fighting over money, lacking appreciation for each other and never communicating well.” The rift widened so much that they started to attend different churches.

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Clean Water Motivates Nancy

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Water, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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“Imagine the sweltering heat in this Kerio Valley, all the sweating, and then there is no water to take a bath as you go to class as a teacher, it is very pathetic,” explains Nancy Chebii, a school teacher at Ayatya Primary school, in the Bartabwa Area program.

Nancy shared her story as we sat in the shade of an acacia tree talking with the area water committee. It is almost noon and it is already very hot due to the scorching heat that the area is known for.

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A Safe Haven for Children in Conflict

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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Inspector Juliet works to solve cases against children in the Child Protection Unit of the Kapenguria Police Station

Inspector Juliet Tuwei, 34, recalls an incident that happened six months ago. What she thought would be a restful evening, turned out to be one of her most dreadful. As she prepared to leave for the day, she received a distress call from a village chief informing her that three girls under the age of 18 had just undergone female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C). She dropped everything and quickly drove to the scene of the crime.

To ensure a proper investigation, she seized both the perpetrators of the crime and the victims so she could build a solid case.

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Zero Tolerance for FGM

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2020 2:09:21 PM / by World Vision Staff posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV, International Day

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Vivian’s story is rooted in poverty. She says, “My dad married four wives… I had so many problems.” She and her siblings had to do odd jobs like selling firewood just to find money for food, and, even though she loved school, she had to drop out in class four. The weight of poverty and cultural pressures forced Vivian — and many of her peers — to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). Though she tried to run away to her sister’s, Vivian had no choice when her sister sent her back. About a month after being cut, a stranger came and took her to his house to be his wife. Vivian was 12 years old.

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Chief On A Mission To Restore Broken Relationships

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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Chief Julia shares her Celebrating Families methodology

The tranquility of Chief Julia Mwihaki Kamau’s office was quite noticeable. Her office looked like a counselling room, unlike that of a typical chief’s camp anywhere in Kenya. Most chiefs’ camps are noisy and crowded, usually a holding ground for offenders before they are taken to police cells or arraigned in courts.

As Chief Julia, 49, introduced herself, she told us about the guests she had attended to before I arrived. “The three ladies are widows of a deceased man and are fighting for equal distribution of his wealth,” she says.

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Free to Blossom

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Water, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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Catherine (right) collects clean water

We felt like we were on an island of large flat sheets of rock, separated from the rest of the villages by huge gullies and cliffs. Our driver meandered gently over the bouncy road to Koiserat village in the Bartabwa area program. There are two levels to this region: the high and the lowlands. Koiserat is the end of the highland. It’s a flat rocky expanse, just before the drop to the expansive Kerio Valley. One does not need to be told that water is a challenge here because it is clear from a quick look at the area. We are welcomed by Catherine Toroitich. She starts narrating the challenges she endured for many years.

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Faith Leaders Target Hygiene

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2019 4:38:22 PM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Water, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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Pastor Julius watches with a smile as his children wash their hands at the church hand washing kit

“Can I imagine a link between pastoral work and hygiene and sanitation? Hmm..., I can’t see the connection…,” the words battled in my mind even as Lawrence Nzai, the World Vision staff on hygiene and sanitation in Lower Yatta Area Development Program, drove me to meet Pastor Julius Muthami, of the Redeemed Gospel Church in Kanyangi. His wife and children were outside their home, with 2 other women working on their hair in the evening sunlight. We could see a latrine near the church building to the extreme end of the plot and their house on the opposite end. A handwashing kit was strategically placed not far from the ventilated improved pit latrine, a testimony to improved hygiene practice.

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Thirst Quenching; Water and Spiritual Nourishment For Children

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 2, 2019 1:12:00 PM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Christian Discipleship, Water, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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Victor (left) with a friend from Bible club

“There was a spiritual vacuum that existed among the pupils that needed to be filled.” That was the sentiment of Luke Masika (49), a primary school teacher and leader of the Bible club at Kyanganga Primary School, in Machakos County, Kenya. He is nostalgic about the genesis of the Bible club. “We started partnering with World Vision in 2013, under the spiritual nurture program and our work was to nurture spiritual talents among the children.” Luke remembers that before the program began, students were reluctant to pray, read the Bible or attend Sunday School.

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