Partnering with communities, we help them become stronger, healthier, more resourceful than before. Parents can provide for their children today, and have reason to dream for the future. Together, we create hope that endures for generations to come. Here is the three-phase approach we take to accomplish this:
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION
EVALUATE AND GROW
We partner with community members to understand their needs, goals and resources, and work together to find long-term solutions to the challenges they face.
We adapt plans as needed so the community continues to meet its goals. As more community members get involved, the community takes greater ownership of its success.
Thanks to support from Canadians like you, families in the community enjoy better living conditions and are empowered with the knowledge and skills to create a brighter future for their children.
Now that the community has taken ownership of the programs that helped them achieve success, World Vision can help another community on their journey to self-sufficiency.
Learn About Child Sponsorship
Child Sponsorship Community Evaluations
Our sponsorship programs are designed to do the most for children, which is why it’s very important for us to determine how well they work and fix any inefficiencies. We’re meticulous and thorough, in the design of our programs and strategies and in the regular review of our approaches.
The communities we partner with conduct an in-depth child sponsorship program evaluation every five years. During this evaluation, we collect data to show us whether we’re achieving the change we intended and to see if there are ways we can improve our work.
In 2016, we conducted 16 evaluations in communities where you can sponsor a child. Here are some of the exciting changes we found:
We consult community members, government and private sector partners that are at work in the sponsored child’s community to get their input and ideas on how we’re doing. Together with the community, we celebrate our achievements and immediately look for ways to learn from our challenges. The child sponsorship evaluation reports also help to show us where our focus should be for the next five years.
- In Mwatate in Kenya, 65% of the community are benefiting from latrines and have better access to sanitation, compared to 25% before.
- In Tunyo in Kenya, 87% of children are attending preschools, compared to 72% before, setting a solid foundation for their education.
- In Ksach Kandal in Cambodia, 59% of children are able to read and understand the material, compared to 42% before.
- In Chingeltei community in Mongolia, the percentage of children that are too short for their age as a result of malnutrition has decreased from 9% to 2.7%.
- In Manonga in Tanzania, 95% of children are now enrolled in school, compared to 38% before.
- In Teltpetlapan in Nicaragua, 81% of youth report that they have enough food to eat every day, compared to 65% before. Also, 94% of youth have birth certificates compared to 81% before, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling.
Explore more details on the outcomes of the evaluations that we conducted in 2016:
Where We Can Improve
- In Ksach Kandal community in Cambodia, exclusive breastfeeding of babies increased from 52% to 67%. However, we found that mothers were still lacking knowledge on how to feed their children nutritious food when they were older. We need to focus more on this training.
- In Mwatate community in Kenya, 68% of the community has access to safe drinking water compared to 38% a few years ago when the program started. It takes time and is expensive to increase access to safe drinking water, so the program has also been encouraging households to boil their water in the interim. The evaluation showed that more of them are doing this, which has caused a higher demand for wood fuel which can easily lead to deforestation. We need to make sure we are introducing wood energy saving technologies, even as we continue to increase the access to safe drinking water for everyone in the community.
- In Chigeltei community in Mongolia, we conducted trainings on disaster prevention and preparedness. We discovered that there were people with disabilities and elderly that were unable to attend the trainings as it was difficult for them to leave their homes. We need to find better ways to reach them in the future.