Thank you child sponsors!

Families in Ndabibi, Kenya, say thank you to Australian child sponsors for empowering them to change the future for their children.

After 14 years of work with the Ndabibi community, there are many achievements to celebrate as we prepare to say goodbye.

When the project started, families in this rural area were struggling to grow enough food and earn income. Schools were desperately short of facilities and well-trained teachers. Many families had to walk long distances to collect clean water. 

Thanks to the generous support of Australian child sponsors, so much has changed in Ndabibi. Most families now have good access to clean water, healthcare and nutritious food. And many more children have the chance to learn and follow their dreams.


How the community has changed


96 percent of children were enrolled in primary school in 2017

This is up from 25 percent in 2009.

  • 13 classroom blocks, toilet blocks and a dormitory have been built and schools have installed rainwater tanks.
  • 500-plus children from the most vulnerable families were assisted to complete high school and many have gone on to study at university.
  • 97 children with a disability received wheelchairs, which made it easier to attend school, and teachers were trained how to better support them.

Child malnutrition has reduced significantly

The percentage of children under five who are malnourished fell to 13 percent in 2017, down from 42 percent in 2009.

  • Families have much better access to healthcare following the construction of three health centres and the renovation of two existing health centres.
  • The project partnered with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation to dig a borehole and erect 15 rainwater tanks, each with 50,000-litre capacity.
  • Community Health Workers trained by the project are monitoring children's health and educating families on health, hygiene and nutrition issues.

Over 80 percent of families now eat three meals a day

2,000 farmers have learned how to improve crop production and build irrigation dams.

  • 200 farmers have been supported to start fish farming to provide their families with nutritious food and a new income source. Surplus fish are sold in the local market, providing families with cash to cover household and farming expenses.


"My great thank you goes to all World Vision child sponsors ... Through this great partnership we have seen child abuse cases decrease and now children and their families can enjoy life in all its fullness."

- Joseph, aged 47, child welfare officer



Training empowers farming families



Joan (pictured centre) is a sponsored child currently studying in grade six. Joan’s is among many families in Ndabibi who’ve developed a reliable income source with the help of generous sponsors like you.

Joan’s father Sammy started fish farming following training facilitated by the project. He also joined a local savings group.

Sammy and other group members contribute a small amount of money each month to a joint fund which they can access in the form of low cost loans to buy farm supplies or start or build on small business activities.  

He took out a loan from the savings group to buy sheep to breed and he has been able to sell their offspring and use the profits to buy egg-laying hens and cover his children’s education costs. 

“Up to now I sold the rest of the sheep and I bought a calf, which I presently rear and my family is doing well,” Sammy explained.  

"We were living with some struggles, but when World Vision came and started training us in different matters we became somehow educated and our life became uplifted."

- Sammy, farmer from Ndabibi

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