World Vision has been presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions toward the attainment of the Millennium Development GoalsExternal Link(MDGs) in Kenya.
Established in 2000, the MDGs provide a roadmap for eradicating extreme poverty by 2015.
‘A great tribute’
Awarded by the Millennium Development Goals Trust Fund, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and celebrates the efforts of organizations, individuals, and government entities toward achieving each goal.
World Vision in Kenya was specifically recongized for its contribution toward:
- Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger
- Increasing access to universal education
- Contributing to the attainment of health-related goals
- Supporting access to clean water
MDG Trust Fund executive director, Ben Omondi, noted that World Vision was the only institution that did not apply for the award, but was nominated due to community feedback.
He further noted that World Vision won the prestigious award because it was the only institution that attempted to address all the MDGs.
“This is a great tribute to World Vision’s programs and approach to development, and the determination of communities we work among to improve the quality of their lives,” says Pauline Okumu, the World Vision’s deputy national director in Kenya.
Daniel, 9, is one of 10 children in a Burundian family. His mother, Capitoline, has no money for food, medicine, or clothes.
“If we are lucky, we eat. If we are not lucky, we go to bed hungry,” Capitoline explains.
‘I can worry about less mouths to feed’
Capitoline’s despair turned to relief when some of her children began receiving lunch through a school feeding project, supported by World Vision and the World Food Program.
“It helps that my children get rice and beans from school; then I can worry about less mouths to feed. Also, I know that they will not starve,” she says.
Daniel doesn’t miss a day of school at Ngogomo, where he attends with three of his siblings. “I love the rice, because it gives me the energy to stay and study in class,” he says. “When I eat at school, even if there is no food back home, I can last until the next day.”
Daniel eats half of his school meal and carries half home to share with his siblings, particularly his 2-year-old sister.
School: More than a learning center
Many children are flocking to these schools in order to get their only meal of the day: beans and micronutrient-fortified rice.
“School is more than just a learning center — it is a feeding center,” explains Godfrey, a head teacher at Ngogomo Elementary School.
Dr. Jean Hatsindimana, a nutrition expert for World Vision in Burundi, is very pleased with the impact of the feeding program.
“If they did not have this…they would not have the energy to stay in class and learn,” he says. “If we stopped feeding the children with this nutritious rice, you will not find them in school.”
For Daniel, school is food and a future. “I come to school to learn so that one day I can become a teacher,” he says.