Kenya: Bartabwa

Bartabwa'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: 2020

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • 346 girls and boys took part in child protection activities as part of our COVID-19 response, helping to keep them safer from abuse.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • 56 new taps were installed from clean water systems, so more children and their families can drink clean, disease-free water.
  • 4,914 more people now have a toilet at home, helping to stop children and families having to relieve themselves outdoors and limiting the spread of disease.
  • 100% of health centers we support have safe, disease-free water, which won't make health workers or patients sick.

  • 67.7% of households have access to clean drinking water from improved sources within 500 meters.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • 3,957 families went to our hygiene training and now have a handwashing station with soap at home, helping to keep children safer from disease.
  • 100% of schools now have a safe water source, so more students and teachers can drink clean, disease-free water.
  • 3,276 students who went to our hygiene training, or are part of a water, sanitation and hygiene club at school, have put what they learned into practice, helping to keep them safer from disease.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • 26 faith leaders were trained to run our parenting workshops and support groups, strengthening families to care for their children, and supporting them to know, experience, and show God's love.
  • Trained 40 teachers as Pastoral Program Patrons the 40 schools in the area and provided them with teacher’s guides on how to conduct spiritual nurture for children, and talk to children and teachers on how they can share the love of Christ.

The numbers shown above are from a specific reporting time period, and include all children in the community who benefited from the programs listed.


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 Bartabwa, Kenya

The Bartabwa community is located in a remote area of the Great Rift Valley, where the climate is hot and the terrain is rugged. Families live in mud and brick homes with tin roofs. A typical diet consists of maize, beans, and vegetables. The HIV and AIDS crisis has severely damaged the social fabric of the entire community, leaving many children without parents. With your help, we’ll continue to support children and families here, empowering them to give their children a better future, especially the most vulnerable.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 14 years.
Bartabwa, Kenya is in Phase 3


  • We start by building relationships with local leaders and community members.
  • The community identifies their greatest challenges and develops an action plan.
  • The community nominates vulnerable children for sponsorship.


  • Community projects begin as we work shoulder to shoulder with families.
  • Excitement grows as families start experiencing positive change.
  • The well-being of children improves as solutions are implemented.


  • Local leaders and families take on more ownership and self-sufficiency grows.
  • The community and children grow stronger and healthier thanks to large improvements in areas like clean water, education, nutrition, and more.


  • After years of hard work, the community becomes self-reliant and is ready to graduate.
  • We celebrate their success and seek out the next community where God has blessings in store.

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