Matete 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.


We supported a local youth group to establish a greenhouse for income generation. The group is currently on its second set of crops and profits have been used to assist one of the members with school fees. We partnered with the Ministry of Health to train community health workers to conduct nutrition screening for children under age 5 and refer malnutrition cases to clinics for further treatment. 61 malnourished children were identified and enrolled in our nutrition program that provides supplements, growth monitoring, and parent education. A majority of the children recovered and gained sufficient weight to graduate the program. We rolled out a community healthcare strategy and helped train and equip health workers for eight community health teams. Children in Matete are benefiting from improved drinking water and healthier sanitation practices in their community. Now, 93% of the community has access to safe water. Improved hygiene and sanitation practices rose from 30% in 2011 to 82% in 2014. World Vision trained 41 school management committees on effective school management and school monitoring. To improve learning environments for young children, we supplied 41 early child development centers with reading materials. 101 early childhood development teachers received skills training, including education on IT and communications to integrate into their teaching with young children. 200 children with special needs were identified and assessed so we could work with their parents to match these children to the best school program for their educational needs. Facilitated Emergency Response and Disaster Mitigation committees to review the World Vision Community Development Preparedness Plan and translate it into the local language.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Environment|Peace|Advocacy|


  • Kenya>Kakamega


  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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