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 with children under the age of three especially vulnerable.

In southwest Kenya, Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Anglican Development Services of Nyanza (ADS-Nyanza), the humanitarian organization of four Anglican dioceses in the region. ADS-Nyanza has an integrated economic empowerment program which aims to improve health, food security, livelihoods and early childhood development among rural families. In 2014, ADS-Nyanza introduced early childhood development (ECD) activities focusing on building parenting skills of caregivers and equipping teachers in ECD centers with knowledge they need to support children in reaching their developmental milestones. Most recently, the partnership has expanded its focus to reach expectant mothers and caregivers with children under three.

The program focuses on ensuring child survival and working with trained local volunteers and government health workers to promote child and maternal health, support early cognitive 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.

A 2017 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will support vulnerable children and  families participating in the new Kisumu County integrated Early Childhood Development program. The program includes 400 parents or relatives and approximately 480 children under three. It will train volunteers, including faith leaders, directly engage fathers and expand the focus on nutrition.

Enabling families to invest in income-generation activities 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. 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

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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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