Samrong Tong

Samrong Tong's Community News

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.
Child Protection
  • 10 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 2 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 708 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 1 set of teaching resources like stories was developed locally so children can learn from culturally relevant content
  • 172 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 2 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 2 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 89 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms

  • 107 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 3 health facilities were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families
  • 350 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 61 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 844 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished

  • 55 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 6 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 140 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 16,570 community members are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 2 new latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 4 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2018 to September 2019
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.

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.