At ChildFund Australia, our vision is a global community, free from poverty, where children are protected and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The Isiolo Development Project, the community
organization through which the child receives the
benefits of sponsorship, is located north of
Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city.
The Community at a Glance
Most residents in this assisted community are from the
Borana, Turkana, Somali and Meru ethnic groups.
People depend on livestock for their sustenance, but
prolonged droughts and poverty make it hard for
residents to replenish their herds. With little to no job
skills, residents must rely on low-paying manual jobs
with which to support their families. Families live in
semi-permanent homes built of timber and iron
Children age 12 and younger receive immunizations,
de-worming treatments. Education on preventive
measures is provided to families on a regular basis.
The growth monitoring process is undertaken on a
quarterly basis where children’s BMI (body mass index)
is taken and children who are found to be
malnourished are put on nutritional supplements. They
are also referred to the nutrition department in the
ministry of health for more counseling and related
support. Training is also undertaken on topics like oral
rehydration therapy, acute respiratory infections,
malaria control and family planning.
To create a healthier environment, the community
organization provides access to safe water by rehabilitating
and sinking boreholes. So far, more than 6000 households
have benefited from water intervention that helps families
improve their hygiene. Mosquito nets are provided to
decrease the spread of malaria. Families are also provided
with training on farming techniques to enhance food
The Isiolo Development Project also works to provide a
basic education for all children within the community. The
community organization promotes Early Childhood Care
and Education (ECCD) services to prepare children for
formal schooling. Through collaborations with other
agencies, the community organization has constructed
classrooms and workshops. In addition, the Isiolo
Development Project funds the school feeding program and
maintenance fees. Water storage tanks and toilets are
constructed for community schools so children have access
to clean, sanitary water services.
Bursaries are awarded to students who continue on to
secondary school and even for vocational training for those
who cannot or do not wish to continue their formal
Family Livelihood Services
Through this recent undertaking, the community
organization helps families form groups to run small
businesses. This will help the parents become self-reliant. In
addition, local staff members and volunteers link these
groups to financial institutions to provide residents with
more funding options.