Save the Children has launched a multimillion programme targeting more than one million marginalized and vulnerable children in Kenya.
The programme which is supposed to run for the next three years will cost around 300 Million shillings, money that will be raised both locally and internationally.
Yvonne Arunga, Save the Children Kenya and Madagascar’s Country Director says that some of the goals targeted by the programme include access to safe and quality education for children under five, improved well-being for youths and adolescents among other needs.
“We want our children, when The strategy is being launched at a time when Kenya is experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades, with 4.1m people said to be severely food insecure according IPC Acute Food Insecurity Analysis in the March to June report. The analysis indicates that 942,000 children under five years require treatment for acute malnutrition and 134,000 pregnant and lactating women are acutely
malnourished. A report by the Famine and Early Warning System projected another fifth, consecutive
below-average rainy season between October to December, 2022,” she said.
“The nutrition situation for children aged 6 – 59 months in Wajir County is critical with Global Acute
Malnutrition of 15.9% and Severe Acute Malnutrition of 1.8 %. People are trekking long distances, up
to 6.7km in search of water. The time to act is now,” said Abdullahi Sheikh, Head of Programmes, Waso
Resource Development Agency (WARDA).
While addressing the drought and its effects on children, Mr. Nyakutu announced that the Directorate
of Children’s Services is strengthening child protection at the community levels in the drought-affected
counties and has trained 250 Child Protection Volunteers from the counties to enhance the prevention
and reporting of child protection concerns to inform appropriate intervention, especially during this
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While making her remarks during the launch ceremony, Hellen Avisa, Deputy Director of Education,
Directorate of Field Coordination and Co-Curricular Activities, Ministry of Education, noted that the
strategy will go a long way in helping the very marginalized children and those in emergencies, access
education. She raised concern about the drought emergency saying it is highly affecting children and
“Almost 1.13 million girls and boys of primary school age (6 to 13 years old) are out of school in Kenya,
according to an Out-of-School Children Initiative study conducted in Kenya in 2020. The situation has
worsened due to the impact of COVID-19 related school closures, followed by drought in 23 ASAL
counties,” said Hellen adding that emergencies exacerbate pre-existing marginalization amongst
vulnerable groups such as children with disabilities, children living in poor rural areas, orphans, street
children, ex-combatants, child labourers, ethnic minorities and children on the move.
Noting the power of localization, Save the Children will be implementing the strategy with local partners
and communities, national and county governments and most especially children, as they’re at the heart
She says that the strategy focuses on the most marginalized and vulnerable children.