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

Case Study: Kenya | Integrated Economic Empowerment

In southwest Kenya, Episcopal Relief & Development has partnered with the Anglican Development Services of Nyanza (ADS-Nyanza), the humanitarian organization of five Anglican dioceses in the region, since 2005. ADS-Nyanza has an integrated resilience program that aims to improve health, food security and climate-resilient agriculture, livelihoods, economic development and early childhood development among rural families.

The ADS-Nyanza program is aiming to reach new levels of impact in a variety of its activities through a new program phase in 2019-2021. The new integrated program phase is designed with women and children as a primary focus and will include a gender analysis of the participants and targeted communities. 

One objective of this program phase is to increase the income levels of over 2,400 vulnerable farmers by at least 20% through training on climate-resilient crops, renewable energy and soil and water conservation practices. Another program objective is focused on economic development through the formation of savings and loans groups made up of farmers, women, primary caregivers and other vulnerable people.  Members of savings groups save, access credit, build relationships among each other and cope with financial shocks through the Savings with Education (SwE) program. Over 7,000 members will receive training in a variety of high-impact topics ranging from maternal and child health to the creation and expansion of small businesses.  

A 2017 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and 2019 grants from Episcopal Health Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada support vulnerable children and 1,000 families participating in Moments That Matter, an integrated early childhood development program partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development in Kisumu and Homa Bay Counties in Kenya. Moments That Matter (MTM) trains local volunteers, including faith leaders, to equip primary caregivers and fathers with skills to help their children reach their full developmental potential.

Additionally, the program will increase access to quality health care through subscription to the national health insurance for at least 4,300 people representing approximately 860 households and will increase the knowledge and skills on disease prevention for illnesses like malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and HIV/AIDS through monthly training to caregivers. 



Our work with Women focuses on helping communities promote the rights of women and children and move toward the vision that everyone deserves a life free from violence in a society where they are treated with dignity and respect. Only then can communities truly heal and thrive.



Our work with Children supports and protects kids under six so they reach appropriate health and developmental milestones. This focus on early development is foundational and critical to helping children achieve their full potential as future contributing members of their communities.



Our Climate-related work focuses on how families and communities can work together to adapt to the effects of rapidly changing weather patterns. This work includes preparing for and recovering from climate-influenced events such as floods, hurricanes and other disasters.

Over 300,000 women worldwide die each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Millions of infants die in their first few weeks of life – many of them also from preventable conditions. Prenatal care and monitoring health of expectant and new mothers and their children reduces illness and saves lives. Read more about Maternal and Child Health.

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Almost one billion people are affected by chronic hunger and poverty worldwide.  Malnutrition or lack of access to food can jeopardize overall productivity, health and well-being. Read more about Agriculture.

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Our micro-finance programs emphasize involving both women and men, which can be very effective in promoting gender awareness and empowering women. When women become breadwinners, they increase their role in household decision-making, which often enhances the whole family’s well-being. Read more about Micro-finance.

Read more about Micro-finance