Marafa Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


Five new community savings groups provided interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services. This empowered them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs To improve food security, we trained farmers on the use of drought-tolerant crops and provided 243 farmers with higher quality seeds which will produce better yields. Together with the Ministry of Health, we sent two mobile health units and 16 health workers to serve rural areas with basic healthcare for women and children. We supported advocacy groups who are working to reduce stigma in the community for people living with HIV and AIDS. We trained 17 traditional birth attendants to counsel women on how to avoid HIV transmission from mother to child and deliver babies safely at health facilities. 14 church leaders were trained to deliver messages in their faith communities about maternal and child health and HIV and AIDS prevention. To increase the sustainability of the water supply, we trained 11 water point operators and two management committees on maintaining water sources. We worked with community partners to drill one borehole well and construct nine water tanks at schools and a health clinic. 72 members of school management committees learned to monitor the quality of education in local schools. As a result, half of the schools in the area developed school improvement plans. Special needs students benefited from an improved learning environment in two newly-constructed classrooms. We improved children's literacy by helping 24 early childhood development teachers develop shellbooks and other learning materials. Shellbooks are books that contain local stories compiled by the teachers and community members, so they are familiar to children. We supported 300 girls and boys to enter school competitions where they displayed their communication skills. These skills are essential for children who are learning to speak up for their rights. 2,600 school-aged children obtained birth certificates after their parents attended our community forums on the importance of birth registration. Birth certificates are mandatory for children to enroll in school and register for national examinations.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Protection|Advocacy|


  • Kenya>Kilifi


  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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