Samrong Tong

Samrong Tong's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The community of Samrong Tong is home to over 20,000 people, more than half of which are children and youth under the age of 18.

Lack of proper food, clothing, health care, and protection leaves children extremely vulnerable to malnutrition, sickness, and rights violations. The most vulnerable families are marginalized and face harsh living conditions, residing in unsafe homes. Lack of income often increases the likelihood that children will drop out of school in order to earn money to help support their family.

Labour puts children at risk of being not only overworked and neglected, but also exposed to physical abuse and violence. 82% of Samrong Tong's population farms for a living and depends on rice crops, poultry-raising, and sugar palm production for income and food.

The land, however, is sandy and often limits crop production, making it hard for farmers to provide for their families. Additionally, drought and the destruction of natural resources have lessened food production and depleted water sources in the area. Children's wellbeing is threatened in this environment.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Empower teachers with additional training, resources, and support.
  • Ensure children and youth participate in school and increase their understanding of life skills.
  • Promote the value of education by supporting the development of student councils and youth and children's groups.
  • Improve families economic sustainability so that they can pay their students school fees.
  • Improve the management in school systems.
Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve the quality, availability, and accessibility of health services for children and community members.
  • Provide parents with information about the benefits of maternal health.
  • Improve communication between community members, local leaders, and the government to enhance the quality of health services and information provided.
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Provide parents and caregivers with information about proper nutrition for children.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Protect the most vulnerable children from any form of violence, abuse, or exploitation.
  • Strengthen the capacity of parents, caregivers, and child protection groups to protect children and respond effectively to existing rights violations.
  • Improve access to basic services for vulnerable children.
  • Nurture positive communication and interactions between children, their families, community members, and sponsors.
  • Monitor the presence, participation, health, and education of children in cooperation with community groups.
Water and Sanitation
In partnership with sponsors, World Vision will work with families in the community to:
  • Supply clean water to families.
  • Promote hygiene and sanitation practices to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.
  • 634  communities were motivated and equipped for advocacy work on child protection and safety issues, so more children can grow up in a safe community.
Child Protection
  • 754  children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 347 children participated in educational and life skills activities
  • 132 community key partners  participated in the consultative meetings        
  • 974 children participated in nutrition technical program activities
  • 1 learning network conducted with development actors
  • 60  parents of Grades 1 to 3 students were trained on the value of learning to read and quality education, showing them why children should go to school.
  • 5  reading clubs meet minimum standards, helping children to read and develop good reading habits.
  • 20  literacy group coordinators scored 80% or above in their training, improving how they educate boys and girls on reading and writing.
  • 10  books written in the local language were given to schools, providing students with reading materials that are age-appropriate and in their own language.
  • 10  education officials were trained to supervise and support teachers to teach literacy, helping improve lessons in reading and writing.
  • 40  teachers attended training on child safety, equality, good discipline or classroom management, helping them provide a safer space for children to learn.
  • 16  meetings were held to discuss improvements to education, giving communities a platform to monitor progress and advocate for changes. 
  • 4 education advocacy initiatives were led by vulnerable individuals
  • 9 student councils were trained to support literacy projects and foster good reading habits
  • 5 schools were equipped to be safe learning facilities
  • 1 school reached basic library standards
  • 5  schools with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, so that students are better prepared for and protected in emergency situations.
  • 2  savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
  • 20  women and men are active members of a local savings group, helping them to become more financially stable.
  • 4 micro-projects were run by community groups
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 387  more people now have a latrine or toilet at home, enabling households to have better sanitation.
  • 46 new taps have been installed from clean water systems, so families have more access to safe water.
  • 705   more people now have a new water source within 30 minutes of their home, providing families with year-round access to clean drinking water.
  • 7081  students who attended health and hygiene training now actively practise good hygiene habits, so they can better protect themselves from diseases.
  • 97  households built new latrines, so families can have better sanitation and a healthier home environment.
  • 200  households received hygiene training and now have hand-washing facilities with soap, enabling families to improve hygiene at home and reduce diseases.
  • 3267  people participated in hygiene training, campaigns or committees, learning habits to stay healthy and clean, such as washing their hands.
  • 30  new toilets and sanitation facilities were built in schools, providing students with better learning conditions.
  • 1  water and sanitation committee received training, learning how to maintain the village water source and provide cleaner water for children.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Samrong Tong

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Samrong Tong

In Samrong Tong, children often drop out of school to work in industries, such as the garment sector, so that they can make money and support their family. Many of these children cannot read or write at the appropriate age level, and most don't pursue academic goals or career paths. There are few resources available to help youth learn practical life skills, and few groups to advocate for their education. Schools in the community also face challenges in educating and supporting children. Teachers lack the capacity, learning resources, and instructional training to provide students with a good quality education. Weak leadership and organization within the school is also negatively impacting children's ability to learn.

Health Care
A key concern in Samrong Tong is health care. New and expecting mothers in the community have limited access to health care services and information on good maternal health practices. Local health centres are not equipped with proper waiting rooms, delivery rooms, or medical equipment. Additionally, many pregnant women have not had the opportunity to learn about pre and postnatal care, including healthy birth spacing and up-to-date health care options.

Many families do not have the necessary resources and information to feed their children a healthy diet. 76% of families cannot regularly secure enough food for each member at all. There are also high rates of stunting in the province, affecting 42% of children under the age of five. This indicates micronutrient malnutrition.

Child Protection
An incredibly important issue in Samrong Tong is the need for enforced child protection. Almost half of all the children who are involved in child labour are from families suffering from the worst levels of poverty. Children in this community experience domestic violence and child abuse, and many lack birth certificates. Child protection systems are non-existent. Often, members of the community lack a thorough understanding of children's rights and children and youth end up voiceless as a result. Many community members value the short-term benefits of child labour as a positive contribution over the long-term benefits education could provide. Children and youth often don't participate in development activities and are not invited into community conversations about issues surrounding their own rights. There are only a few children's and youth groups, and even fewer families who would encourage their children to join.

Water and Sanitation
Dirty water and poor environmental sanitation are common in Sarong Tong. When combined with a lack of information on good hygiene, this makes it difficult for families to lead healthful lives.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Samrong Tong,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.