The Child Welfare Project seeks to cater for the many poor widows and orphans in Northern Kenya by ensuring they are economically empowered, the children are protected and educated. Under this project, IRK has initiated three programme activities namely; Orphan one to one orphan sponsorship, Child Protection & Education.
Working to realize the rights of the child is at the heart of Islamic Relief Kenya’s mission. We are serving children in a world where children have continued to experience a myriad of life threatening challenges related to hunger, diseases, abuse and exploitation, conflicts and disasters. We are determined to give children the best, through interventions that have over time enabled them achieve their childhood aspirations particularly in education. Our child sponsorship project, the oldest of all Islamic Relief Kenya programmes, has ensured that vulnerable children and their families are able to afford basic necessities of life such as clothing, shelter and education. To date, the project has benefited 3,400 children immensely transforming lives of not only the children but also their families. This initiative is supported by Islamic Relief Worldwide partners globally.
In the Dadaab Refugee Camp, Islamic Relief Kenya is supporting over 50,000 to access quality primary education funded by UNHCR. These are children with a refugee status, who crossed the border to Kenya due the civil and ethnic conflicts, militia attacks and drought in Somalia in the recent past. Additionally, 29,434 children are benefiting through school based interventions in Mandera County, where Islamic Relief Kenya, funded by DFID is supporting the Ministry of Education with school development-through building classrooms and dormitories, provision of desks, installation of solar energy, planting trees and irrigation, supporting school clubs etc.
Islamic Relief Kenya has played an integral role in supporting the government of Kenya in advancing the child protection agenda. We have been part of the sector working groups, contributing to discussions around policy change and formulation, sharing data and best practices both in child protection and education sectors. This has helped create synergies with like-minded actors leading to effective planning, coordination and implementation with affected communities the humanitarian and development interventions in the North Eastern region.