ChildFund works in the rural setting of Emali, home to two tribes – the Maasai and the Kamba. Equally as strong in their individual cultural and social norms, ChildFund supports both communities to meet their different aspirations. Communities are made up of experienced crop farmers and pastoralists, and talented craftspeople. Our work there has focused on early childhood education, improving family nutrition and health, child protection, and increasing household incomes.
Emali is susceptible to droughts. Crop failure was more than 90% in and livestock loss was more than 70% in the 2009 drought.
· Half of rural households have no access to a toilet
· Nearly 30% of people collect their water from unsafe sources
· The literacy rate is 65% compared to the national literacy rate of 71%
· Only 42% of families can provide a balanced diet for their children
· Because of its geographic location on a busy trucking route, children are at increased risk of sexual exploitation and human trafficking
What Do Children Want?
Children want a community where they have:
· Income security
· Food security
· Clean water
· Safe sanitation facilities
· Enough water for crops
· Access to early childhood education and development
· Quality education
· Good nutrition
· Children vaccinated
· Access to quality healthcare
· Children are safe and protected
· Children’s rights are respected