Early Childhood Development Centers

During the 2008 holiday season, Trigger partnered with our clients to fund early childhood development (ECD) centers in Kibera, Kenya through CARE as part of our ongoing Trigger Change program. In 2010 we were able to report on some of the results.

CARE started the ECD project, which targets children under 8, in 2006 in response to the high prevalence of HIV and AIDS in Kenya. The project’s goal is to offer the young children improved education, nutrition, health, rights empowerment, and economic empowerment for their caregivers.

In the past year the Trigger Change donation was used to improve the infrastructure in three home-based early childhood development centers and to provide orphans and vulnerable children with a healthy mid-morning snack of enriched porridge. The Shammah Day Care, Emmanuel Day Care, and Linda Day Care were all renovated and acquired improved floors, wall repairs and painting, partitions for rooms, and reinforcement of roofing structures. Over 250 children are now benefiting from these improved learning conditions. A total of 1,500 orphans and vulnerable children were provided a daily nutritious snack of porridge for three months as well. The daily porridge not only helped increase enrollment of early childhood development centers, but there was also a marked decline in the number of stomach upsets reported since the snack was added to the program.