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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Ngourkosso's Community News

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.
  • 359 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 70 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 7 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 7 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 837 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 1,391 women were vaccinated to protect themselves against preventable diseases
  • 1,983 children were vaccinated to protect themselves against preventable diseases
  • 220 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 5 health centres were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families
  • 9,447 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 45 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 511 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 217 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 10 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 1 water source is providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 3,000 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 360 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 5 people were trained on how to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families

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

Explore Ngourkosso

current conditions

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

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.