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Child Fund Kenya donates dairy cows to needy children

02 July 2014, 20:40

Migori - A non-Governmental Organization in the Kuria region has donated dairy cows to 14 needy children in the area.

Each of the beneficiaries received a cow to assist in boosting their health and livelihood, according to the Child Fund Kenya Program manager, Mr. David Mariba.

Speaking during the handing over of the animals at the NGO’s offices he noted that the program focuses mainly on Early Childhood Care and Development and Educational(ECCD) support to the young ones.

“We focus most on programs that seeks to give children especially the orphans a hope of leading a good life through educating them and giving them the necessary food to improve their health status,” he said.

Child Fund implements the Kuria Child and Family program in partnership with various stakeholders and has successfully assisted many needy cases acquire quality education and improved health and livelihood.

He also disclosed that since 1986 when Child Fund moved to Kuria, the fund has supported 16 local ECCD Centres with feeding program.

As a result, 3,000 needy children have so far benefited from the project, which has been successfully carried out in partnership with government line ministries.

Sixteen ECCD caregivers have also been trained on various aspects of child development which include; food handling management, hygiene and sanitation as well as on management of childhood illnesses and on child rights and child protection.

Mr. Mariba disclosed that 121 enrolled children in the area have also benefited from Child Fund's school uniforms support project, a move that has led to achievement of high percentage in school retention and transition to various level of education in the area.

In total, he said, the project has supported 201 needy children in high school, colleges and vocational training centres with school fees.

Addressing the same function, Kuria west sub county livestock development officer Mr. Joseph Nyaanga promised make a follow up to ensure that the donated animals are well taken care of for good results to the beneficiaries. 

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