Kenya: Mwala

Mwala'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: 2019

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.

  • 1,006 people celebrated children at an event where boys and girls learned about their rights and how to protect them.
  • 578 caregivers were empowered to build positive family relationships, fostering a safer environment for children.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • 140 savings group members worked together to build latrines, preventing diseases and improving their children's health.
  • 1,900 households were supported with water treatments and hygiene awareness to prevent waterborne diseases in children.
  • Thirty-six school leaders started WASH clubs, training 2,156 students on the importance of drinking treated water, using proper handwashing practices, and keeping latrines sanitary. Three primary schools built disability-friendly latrines for 660 students and 900 girls received menstrual hygiene kits. An extended water pipeline brought clean water access to 1,567 people, helping 31 villages stay healthier, and 5,260 people received water treatment products after they learned about the importance of drinking clean water. Twenty-two workers were trained to build sanitary latrines with locally available materials.

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.

  • 279 pupils can now access clean water at school, allowing them to study and learn instead of gathering water.
  • 900 female students were supported with sanitary pads and hygiene education, enabling them to focus on their studies.

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.

  • 28 church teams used biblical verses and values to equip families to raise children with love, care and respect.
  • 3,240 children attended spiritually nurturing events where presentations led to improved behavior.
  • Collaborations with national faith groups helped 3,240 children take part in spiritually nurturing events, which also engaged parents with trainings on positive discipline methods. Faith leaders went through an Empowered World View program to equip them with knowledge on child protection and improving livelihoods.

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 Mwala, Kenya

In Mwala, many families depend on agriculture and livestock for both food and income. A typical diet consists of tropical fruits, maize and beans. The terrain is varied, with both forests and semi-arid plains. Irregular rainfall and soil degradation have made the region vulnerable to drought. The community also faces social challenges due to HIV and AIDS. 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 9 years.
Mwala, Kenya is in Phase 2


  • 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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