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Our work in Emali, Kenya

Supporting children and families in Emali since 2006.

Support children in Kenya

Become a Community Sponsor for the children and youth of Emali, Kenya.

Creating change for children and families in Emali, Kenya

With the support of thousands of Kiwis, we're working with local partners and communities in Emali to ensure that children and youth have their basic needs met and are protected from all forms of harm and abuse. Our shared goal is to achieve this by 2026.


A unique place for children and youth to grow up

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, we support both communities to meet their different aspirations.

There are thousands of New Zealanders who support our work in Kenya every month.

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Facts About Emali, Kenya

Why your support is needed to help communities in Kenya.

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Climate change is having a big impact on Emali

Emali is susceptible to drought. In recent droughts, crop failure reached 90% and livestock loss was more than 70%.

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Access to water and sanitation facilities is low

More than half of rural households have no access to a toilet, and nearly 1 in 3 people collect water from unsafe sources.

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Literacy rates are low, and many children are malnourished

In Emali, the literacy rate is much lower than the national average, and only 42% of families can provide a balanced meal for their children.

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With your generous support, positive change is just the beginning


New sources of income for local families

ChildFund New Zealand works in the rural setting of Emali, home to two Families in Emali earn an income through livestock and crop farming. With climate change, this is becoming more difficult. Donors are helping families find alternate sources of income.

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We're providing better access to safe water sources

Water in Emali presents many challenges. Rivers exist, but are seasonal, and ground water is available but is not drinkable. Our supporters are providing safe water and sanitation facilities for families in Emali, Kenya.


We’re helping to educate more children in Emali

Overcrowded classrooms, high drop-out rates and low literacy have all hindered progress for children and youth. Help us improve access to a quality education in Emali, Kenya.

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create change for communities in Kenya

As a community sponsor, you'll help children, their families and their communities to create sustainable change. You'll help provide support to projects that improve education, access to water and healthcare, and that keep children safe from harm. You'll be supporting communities in Kenya to thrive!

Stories and Updates



In most countries ChildFund New Zealand supports, we work directly with the country office, who then work with local partners. From head office to grassroots, the teams are in regular contact to ensure we understand the community's needs and can channel your donations to where they're most needed.

During our visits, we also ensure agreed-upon standards are met and policies are followed. We would like to acknowledge the following in-country partners with whom we work most closely in Kenya, while also recognising the crucial importance of the local government bodies in our work.

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Childfund Kenya

Helps implement a variety of projects through local partners that focus on education, health, water and livelihoods and more.

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Emali Dedicated Children’s Agency

Their focus is on helping children, families and their communities thrive by ensuring their basic needs are met.

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Other Communities

We believe in creating sustainable change through long-term community programmes focused on achieving self-reliance.


Pacific Islands

Our work in the Pacific Islands began in 1994 in Papua New Guinea. Over time we extended our support to include communities in Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.

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Children in Timor-Leste


Since 1990 we have been supporting communities in Timor-Leste. This support helps provide youth with the training and skills to help their futures.

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Children in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

We have been helping children and communities in Sri Lanka since 2011. We are on our way to helping Batticaloa reach self-reliance.

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