GRADIF-K is a foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged children and other marginalized community groups in selected poverty stricken and resource-scarce areas in Kenya, especially in rural areas and urban slums. GRADIF-K's Early Childhood Development (ECD) Program supports ECD centers through the following activities:
- Supporting parents
- Assisting in the development of local materials for learning and play
- Hygiene education
- Monthly monitoring of children’s development and referrals to appropriate institutions
- Support in the construction of facilities for ECD classes
GRADIF-K emphasizes social protection in its ECD Program as well as in quality basic education and empowerment programs. This involves capacity building for both parents and teachers as an integral part in the development of children attending the ECD centers.
In addition, GRADIF-K runs a project that integrates the ECD Program with religious systems - Islamic Madrassa system - with the primary objective of reducing the age at which children join Standard One and complete primary school. This also reduces the number of children who drop out of school because they are older than their peers.
To promote effectiveness, scale, and sustainability of projects and programs, GRADIF-K partners with community groups, grassroots structures, government bodies, institutions of learning, the private sector, and individuals in the implementation of community-based poverty reduction programs that are integrated, age-appropriate, rights-based, gender-sensitive, culturally responsive, and environmentally friendly.
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Monitoring & EvaluationNo
Since the beginning of the project, a total of 155,258 (79,595 boys; 75,663 girls) have enrolled in ECD centers in 7 counties, a growth of more than 40% in the last 7 years. Some counties have recorded a higher enrollment of girls:
Laikipia County - 8048 girls vs. 7435 boys
Kiambu County – 12,953 girls vs. 11,475 boys
Malinidi County – 8,963 girls vs. 11,514 boys
Mwingi County – 13,326 girls vs. 15,719 boys
Tharaka County – 4,657 girls vs. 5349 boys
Meru County – 18,236 girls vs. 18,304 boys
Embu County – 9,453 girls vs. 9,799 boys
There has been increased community participation in ECD Program initiatives by more women in the community with total community participation increasing from 30% to 65% over the past 6 years.