Kenya: Bandaptai

Bandaptai'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: 2018

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.

  • Children are receiving better support from their communities. After 202 community groups received financial education, 13,524 children received basic needs such as food and school kits. Also, a committee dedicated to assisting children took training on dealing with abuse cases and reducing the number of new cases.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • 300 families were supported with tanks for storing water safely.
  • Boys and girls enjoy better nutrition. Community healthcare workers trained mothers in 3 villages on how to make better meals and provide better care for their children
  • 965 community members received training on growing nutritious foods helping 3,860 children access fresh food.

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.

  • Students are participating more in schools. In total, 1,200 students took part in a school training on debating issues and keeping themselves safe.
  • 240 parents learned how to protect their youth from mistreatment, helping ensure that children were not missing school because of abuse.

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.

  • 30 pastors' groups were trained on Celebrating Families, a positive parenting model. These pastors then reached 360 community members with the messages.
  • Girls and boys experience greater belonging in their communities. Collectively, 2,400 children learned about the word of God through Bible clubs. Also, learning how to protect children increased awareness of child rights helped bring more cases to court.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.


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 Bandaptai, Kenya

In Bandaptai, most people make a living by growing crops and producing livestock. However, the area is prone to drought and unpredictable rainfall, and the quality of the soil is poor. Farmers end up with little food to feed their families or sell for income. Unemployed young people make up a large portion of society, but they have limited opportunities to attend school or learn valuable professional skills. Most of them work as motorcycle taxi drivers—often without any training, which makes them vulnerable to accidents. In some cases, girls get married at a young age or end up exploited as sex workers. Water-related illnesses are the leading causes of death. Water sources become polluted when people defecate in the open or allow their livestock to bathe in the water. Without clean water, improved sanitation, or proper hygiene practices—as well as knowledge about these topics—children are vulnerable to easily contract preventable diseases. Another significant problem is HIV and AIDS, a disease that has left many children without parents. Stigma related to the disease has further fueled the spread of the pandemic. Sadly, health facilities are short of medicine, understaffed, and lack equipment to properly care for these issues. Free primary education in Kenya has increased enrollment rates, but the quality of education is poor. Classrooms are overcrowded and lack furniture, creating unhealthy learning environments for the students. Children from poor families are unable to afford school supplies and uniforms, and their opportunities to continue to secondary school are slim. Without a strong academic foundation, children are not equipped to break out of the cycle of poverty.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 6 years.
Bandaptai, Kenya is in Phase 2

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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