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 Impact Stories, Kenya, WV, Clean Water

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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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Grasping At Straws

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 20, 2019 12:58:00 PM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Health, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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In the vast Semiarid lands of North Eastern Kenya lies Wajir town, in Wajir County, home to Kenyan Somali communities. For years the children and the communities in this region have suffered from waterborne diseases including diarrhea, typhoid and cholera which is said to be endemic in the town.

Najma (10), a grade four student in Wajir town remembers what it was like. "There were times we would get sick in the stomach from drinking dirty water,” she said.

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The Rise of Daniel

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 13, 2019 11:25:00 AM / by Samuel Gamusa posted in Christian Discipleship, Water, Education, Impact Stories, Kenya, WV

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It’s exactly 12:00 noon and I can feel the heat wave from the scorching sun as we make our way to Wetaa Primary School in Machakos County.

Our mission is to meet Daniel Katunga Mutuku (13), a grade 7 student, who is the school’s Bible club leader. It took us a short time to find Daniel, who is well known to the teachers and pupils due to his musical and rhythmic aptitude. He found his passion early in life. “I fellowship at Sacred Heart Wetaa Catholic Church and where I attend Sunday school. At school I lead the school Bible club and l love singing and learning how to play a piano. When I grow up I want to be a gospel singer,” shared Daniel.

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One Liter of Water

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Impact Stories, Kenya, WV, Clean Water

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Irene washing her son's face

We are greeted by two young mothers, as we inspect a borehole site and it’s imposing solar panel roof. Its size makes it a unique site in the hilly landscape. From here one can see the seasonal Wethanga River just about a quarter mile below. We can even see the homes across the river that have no access to clean and safe water. But the World Vision Area Development Program is planning a pipeline across the seasonal river to serve the other villages. The young mothers, Irene (30) and Janet (31), look relaxed. They are going to pick some pumpkins from Janet’s field. They are relaxed because they are no longer tired from the toils of fetching water from the Wethanga River and hauling it up the hill to their homes, about 3km away.  

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World Water Day: How World Vision is responding

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 21, 2019 9:11:41 PM / by Chris Huber posted in Syria, Water, Afghanistan, Kenya, WV, International Day, Honduras, Clean Water, Mali

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In celebration of World Water Day, we’re sharing some of the ways that World Vision provides clean water. We currently reach one new person with clean water every 10 seconds. In doing so, our actual work varies depending on the needs of the community and the type of water that’s available. We also always work to empower communities to take ownership of the water systems which helps ensure that the water we provide is sustained long after we’ve left. Here are five examples of our work:

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World Vision helps end harmful traditions

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2019 1:16:42 PM / by Kathryn Reid posted in Kenya, Women and Girls, WV, International Day

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After 20 years, a circumciser in Kenya laid down her tools—a knife and a razor blade. World Vision helps girls, boys, and communities to stand against the dangerous, damaging practice of Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting. (©2000 World Vision/photo by Winnie Ogana)

Each year, more than 3 million girls are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C). February 6, the United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, is a time to bring this serious issue to light.

Girls’ rights are violated and their potential crushed when they are subjected to FGM/C and have their external genitalia cut. Best estimates are that 200 million women and girls alive today have suffered FGM/C. There is no medical reason for this traditional practice, and no benefit for the girl. Girls who have been cut often experience life-long dire effects, such as pain, infections, bleeding, difficult childbirth, and incontinence.

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Freed from forced marriage, Sabina helps others

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2019 11:53:56 AM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Kenya, Women and Girls, WV

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A World Vision Child Protection Officer meets with Sabina* (r) and Kibset* (l) at Morpus School

Sabina, a 15-year-old girl in West Pokot, Kenya, has escaped a forced marriage and is working to prevent other girls from undergoing Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting. Sabina was married off immediately after undergoing FGM/C at age 13.

She recalls that sorrowful day: "I just heard from my siblings that someone was bringing beer home (a sign of people coming for a bride), and in no time I was whisked away forcefully by several men."

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Restoring their dreams

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 1, 2019 12:19:53 AM / by Justus Koech, World Vision Kenya posted in Child Protection, Impact Stories, Kenya, Women and Girls, WV

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James Lokuk speaks to students at Morpus School

He has become the face of Child Protection in West Pokot County, a voice for the protection of girls escaping the violence of Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C), child marriage and neglect. Meet James Lokuk, Head Teacher of Morpus Primary School in West Pokot. The eighth-born of 11 children, James (53) has 8 children of his own with his wife, Jane. “I was born here in Morpus area, and I went to this same school and even wore this uniform,” he quipped, pointing at the maroon sweater, yellow shirt and maroon shorts worn by the children.

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