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Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this year:

More than 230,000 people call the community of Ngourkosso home. Children make up a significant number of the residents here and account nearly half of the population. One-third of the residents are women. The 241 villages in this region are each led by a respected chief. Christian and Islamic leaders also play a role in the everyday life of the community. Most of the population belongs to one of the two faiths.

Many families in Ngourkosso rely on farming to earn an income and provide for their children, however residents face many challenges. Climate change and population growth have affected the river and the forests in the area, leading to fewer plants, wildlife and fish – valuable resources for the residents of this community. Land disputes can become violent conflicts among neighbours. This puts women and children in danger as they have fewer rights and are often left unprotected.
Health and Nutrition
  • 95 communities have been equipped to protect themselves against malaria and diarrhea.
  • 102 children and pregnant women are now protected from infection and disease.
  • 208 children and mothers are protected from infection and disease.
  • 50 children and mothers are protected from infection and disease.
  • 77 literacy group coordinators scored 80% or above in their training, improving how they educate boys and girls on reading and writing.
  • 104 education officials were trained to supervise and support teachers to teach literacy, helping improve lessons in reading and writing.
  • 104 teachers learned new ways to teach literacy skills, improving how they educate girls and boys on reading and writing.
  • 5900 local reading materials were developed and distributed in the last 6 months.
  • 20 savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene
  • 1820 children, ages 0-5 are benefiting from mutual health insurance.
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

To ensure that families enjoy improved health care, World Vision will work to:

  • Vaccinate more children against common diseases and improve the health of new mothers and their infants
  • Train more community health workers and increase the number of births aided by a trained medical assistant
  • Decrease the rates of malaria and child malnutrition
  • Establish wells to provide safe water and teach good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of disease

To help children reach their potential and enjoy a good education, we will:

  • mprove the standard of basic education in the region
  • Provide increased training, supplies and material to teachers so they can be more effective
  • Work towards smaller class sizes to give students more one-on-one support
  • Stabilize attendance and ensure students meet math and literacy milestones
  • Increase the quality of school infrastructure, ensuring schools are safe and well-maintained

Child Protection
To help teach both children and adults about child protection and the importance of child well-being, we will:

  • Train community volunteers and local religious institutions to be involved in the protection of children
  • Encourage and equip more children aged 12-18 to participate in decisions that affect them
  • Educate children to identify and understand their human rights
  • Increase the number of children with birth certificates

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current conditions

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The needs in Ngourkosso

Good health is one of the biggest challenges for families in Ngourkosso. There are only 18 health centres and not enough medical professionals to service the population. Existing centres lack necessary equipment and supplies. During the rainy season, clinics can be hard to reach as roads become flooded.

Less than half of pregnant women receive prenatal care. Most give birth at home which can be dangerous for mom and baby. Children often go unvaccinated. Many residents also self-medicate, turning to untrained locals for advice and medicine when they’re sick since there is a shortage of professionals.

Poor access to clean drinking water worsens existing health concerns. With just 2 per cent of the population having access to safe water, many children are exposed to waterborne diseases such as diarrhea. Open water sources contribute to an excess of mosquitos and malaria is a common illness in the region.

Most children do not attend school with enrollment rates at only 37 per cent. Boys are educated twice as often as girls. In higher grades, academic performance is low, with many children receiving failing grades and struggling with literacy and math skills.

Most teachers lack the training they need to be effective. A shortage of educational materials, along with a high student to teacher ratio of 456 to one and a very short school year of 5-6 months contribute additional challenges. Parents often need their children to help contribute financially. As a result, children—especially girls—leave school and delay their education to work alongside their parents.

Child Protection
In Ngourkosso, the community still holds tightly to traditional, patriarchal beliefs that leave little to no room for children or women to have a voice in discussions that affect their daily lives. In fact, many community members know little about children’s rights in general. From infancy, children who aren’t registered for birth certificates are made vulnerable. Their lack of civil status makes it harder for government policies to protect them and enforce their rights.

It’s also common in Ngourkosso for children to help their parents farm, fish and raise livestock instead of attending school. Many parents can’t afford tools and resources to improve their productivity and instead, must resort to a family-fueled workforce. Alcoholism is another community-wide issue that causes parents to squander existing income and puts children at risk of abuse and neglect.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Ngourkosso,  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.