Child sponsorship project: Isiolo Development Project - Nairobi, Kenya

Child sponsorship project: Isiolo Development Project - Nairobi, Kenya

Project location

Nairobi, Kenya


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 

Health Services

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 

Education Services

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.