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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.
Child Protection and Participation
  • 2 community members who went to our child protection training know how to respond to child abuse or neglect, helping to identify and support girls and boys in need
  • 3 children participated in child protection activities, spreading awareness about their rights through public speaking, campaigns, debates and drama
  • 3 families in our programme for extremely poor families can access food and income aid, so their kids don't go hungry in the short term
  • 5 of community members went to our attitude change sessions, to help end violent discipline of children and other harmful practices
  • 146 girls and boys took actions to help end violence against children,, empowering them to speak out against harmful attitudes and practices
  • 243 parents learned positive parenting skills, including how to discipline kids without using violence, helping to protect girls and boys from abuse
  • 243 evidence-based child protection policies or recommendations to improve services were presented by children to local leaders, empowering kids to help make their community safer
  • 263 community members joined an advocacy meeting about child protection issues, to help improve the safety of girls and boys
  • 268 adults learned about child protection and how to report abuse, strengthening families to care for and protect children

  • 38 reading clubs were started, running weekly after school to give kids extra help and encourage a love of reading
  • 81 trainers completed our literacy course, empowering them to train teachers in new ways to help kids learn to read
  • 81 community members joined an advocacy meeting at a local school, to help more kids get a better education
  • 105 education officials were trained as supervisors in our literacy programme, helping teachers to improve how they teach kids to read
  • 122 literacy group coordinators trained in our programme scored 80% or above in their test, empowering them with new ways to help kids learn to read
  • 486 parents of Grades 1 to 3 students were trained to support our literacy programme, teaching them fun ways to help their kids learn to read at home
  • 810 books with local stories in the local language were given to schools, inspiring more kids to learn to read
  • 1,557 books with local stories in the local language were given to reading camps, inspiring more kids to read outside of school

Faith and Development
  • 41 community leaders were trained to run our parenting workshops and support groups, strengthening families to care for their children and helping to end violent discipline
  • 41 faith leaders who went to our workshops pledged to act on issues like HIV and AIDS, gender equality, child health, and child safety, to help improve children's lives

  • 2 malnourished children enrolled in nutrition programs graduated after three months, having reached healthy growth levels with parents educated to continue their care
  • 3 meetings were led by the community to monitor local health services and lobby for improvements, helping to improve the quality of care for kids and their families
  • 41 babies under age 1 who are supported by community health workers have been immunised, helping to protect them from preventable diseases like polio and measles

  • 4 farmers who went to our training used the new farming methods they learned, helping to increase their harvests and family income
  • 8 savings groups are running in the community, empowering members to save money, earn interest, access loans, and better provide for their kids
  • 65 women were supported to earn a living, empowering them to provide for themselves and their children
  • 122 farmers learned better ways to farm their crops and livestock, helping them to increase their harvests and family income

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 836 more people now have a toilet at home, helping families to stop the spread of disease
  • 1,171 more people now have clean water within 30 minutes of their home, helping to free community members, especially women and girls, from a life spent gathering water

Community Governance & Ownership
  • 4 formal agreements were made between local partners, to join forces and improve more children's lives
  • 7 key influencers are collaborating with the local advocacy working group, calling for government bodies to contribute toward positive changes
  • 8 meetings were held with national leaders about child protection, where we lobbied governments to keep kids safer from violence and abuse
  • 9 community groups regularly meet to review and act on issues children face, helping to ensure kids are safe, cared for, and protected from abuse
  • 10 activities planned with local partners took place, empowering the community to care for and protect children
  • 170 mums and dads regularly went to our parent support groups, , helping them to provide safe, loving, and caring homes for their children
  • 1,021 community members were made aware of the importance of education, helping them understand why all kids should go to school

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Ngourkosso, from October 2019 to September 2020

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.

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.

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.