Report Summary: Five-Year Report on Early Childhood Development Program

Case Study: Kenya | Integrated Economic Empowerment

Kenya has faced severe recurring drought at the same time as rapid population expansion, leading to scarcity of both food and paying work. In addition, preventable diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS affect millions of people, and children under the age of five are especially vulnerable.

In Kenya's western Nyanza Province, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Church of Kenya and its humanitarian arm, Anglican Development Services (ADS-Nyanza), to improve health, agriculture and income generation among rural families.

ADS-Nyanza supports local farmers in increasing their harvests and income by offering access to seeds, tools and training through demonstration farms and tree nurseries. The program also offers training in livestock management and support for breeding and raising healthy animals. In order to expand the reach of the program and share knowledge, participating farmers act as promoters, showing their neighbors the improved farming techniques they have implemented on their own land.

Health activities focus on ensuring child survival, working through trained local volunteers and government health workers to promote maternal health, support Early Childhood Development and prevent and treat diseases such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia – the three leading causes of death for children under five. The program uses the Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) model with Social Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) strategies to encourage families to adopt good health and hygiene practices and seek appropriate medical treatment when needed. The Mother2Mother support groups specifically reach out to women who are HIV-positive with children up to 18 months old.

Enabling families to invest in farming and household well-being, ADS-Nyanza supports the formation of Savings with Education groups that empower members to build up their own savings and access a rotating loan fund for investment in agriculture and small businesses. Many of these groups are focused specifically on farming, offering training in how to market produce and create food products with increased shelf life and sale value. Savings groups are also exploring Community-Based Health Financing to make health care costs more manageable and increase access and use of local services. Savings groups and health financing activities specifically engage people living with HIV/AIDS, who face greater vulnerability and higher costs for ongoing care.

Alleviating Hunger and Improving Food Supply

  • Exploring climate-smart strategies to improve crop production and diversity
  • Increasing access to nutritious food through small-scale farming
  • Supporting farmer cooperatives to improve agricultural practices and access to markets
  • Increasing shelf life, value and marketability of food products through processing
  • Creating sustainable food and income through improved animal husbandry practices

Creating Economic Opportunities and Strengthening Communities

  • Establishing Savings with Education groups to support personal development and economic empowerment

Promoting Health and Fighting Disease

  • Reducing preventable diseases to increase child survival
  • Empowering women to improve health for themselves and their children
  • Reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS by providing services, promoting awareness and fighting discrimination

Kenya Press Releases & Stories

Early Childhood Development: An Exchange to AppreciateEpiscopal Partners Celebrate Five-Year Program Achievements for Healthy Children in ZambiaHappy Mother's Day! Bigger Dreams, A Mother's GiftWorld Malaria Day 2016: NetsforLife® Celebrates Ten Years of Strengthening Communities to End Malaria

Fast Facts

Kenya has one of the world's highest HIV prevalence rates, making this a critical issue for the country's development.
Agriculture is the backbone of the Kenyan economy, and 75% of agricultural production is from small-scale farms.
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