In 2005, ICRI opened an office in Nairobi to support larger-scale work in Kenya as well as to serve as a regional headquarters for all ICRI programs in Africa.
ICRI Kenya has a national collaboration with the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDS) on development and improvement of early childhood education.
Early Childhood Centers
ICRI Kenya's new project with the informal settlement of Kiambiu is to develop a wide variety of child and family projects including development of a new settlement child and family park, expansion of our early childhood and child health programs, improvement of water and sanitation systems, and utilization of ICRI's locally developed early childhood centers as community center buildings.
ICRI operates four early childhood, child health, and nutrition programs in four of the most challenged settlements in Kenya. The settlement programs include a partnership with Kidogo; serving low income children in the settlement of Kibera a model early childhood, nutrition, clean water and sanitation in the Kiambiu informal settlement; an early childhood program in Kaole settlement; and a special economic integration and early childhood education program at our Kenya headquarters in Karen.
Past and Renewed Projects
Daraja Early Care and Education Program
Daraja is the Swahili word for “bridge,” and this program works to build access to high quality and developmentally appropriate early childhood education for Africa’s poorest children. Our Watoto Wonder Bus is a mobile teacher training program bringing expert trainers and innovative materials to schools and child care centers in low-income areas. We provide intensive, on-site, side-by-side training and mentoring. We also provide educators with alternative teaching approaches to engage children and provide activity-driven learning.
Grassroots Advocacy Project
The GAP project works to support grassroots organizations assisting women, children, and families. We provide capacity building, intensive organizational mentoring, networking, and resource sharing to community-based organizations. We also distribute small grants to emerging organizations working at the grassroots level in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
ICRI Africa has developed an innovative, culturally-specific, rights-based child abuse prevention curriculum. We host regular trainings for professionals of all disciplines, to build awareness and skills in child abuse detection, intervention, and prevention. We also train participants in child advocacy and assist them in developing and implementing child abuse prevention policies in their schools, workplaces, and communities.
- 12 early childhood programs, serving 700 children, have received intensive early childhood training, materials and support from the Daraja Program.
- ICRI has distributed $150,000 in small grants, as well as capacity building and intensive organizational mentoring, to 20 organizations participating in the Grassroots Advocacy Project.
- 45 child advocates have been trained in child abuse prevention by the KidSafe Project.