Kabondo'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: 2016

The Kabondo community is located approximately 600 km north of the city of Lubumbashi. The Congo River flows through the area, along with smaller rivers and lakes. The area is tropical and humid, with both a rainy and a dry season. During the rainy season, which usually lasts from October to March, temperatures average 26℃ .

The dry season is slightly cooler, at around 22℃ , and lasts from April to September. The soil in Kabondo is clay and sandy, and the main crops include cassava, maize, groundnuts, palm nuts, beans, sweet potatoes, pistachio, and rice. Major sources of income include agriculture, livestock farming, and fishing, as well as small trade and crafts. There is electricity in the community, but the grid is run down and service is reduced. Less than 27% of households have access to safe drinking water, and only 15% of homes have latrines.
  • 27 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 2 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children.
  • 11 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families.
  • 60 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 2,388 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child's learning.
  • 121 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 2 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 2,157 parents and caregivers learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health.
  • 201 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished.
  • 181 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy.
  • 69 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children.
  • 13,930 children and women were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases.
  • 1,491 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • 13,086 children received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health.
  • 36,000 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika.
  • 1,944 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy.
  • 10,397 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy.
  • 53 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses.
  • 1,084 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans.
  • 125 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income.
  • 32 youth were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships, vocational training or career counselling.
  • 1,084 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Increase the number of children enrolled in school, especially girls.
  • Build classrooms and equip schools with electricity.
  • Provide teacher training to help teachers improve their skills.
  • Provide schools with learning equipment and pupils with school supplies.
  • Furnish remedial education centres with equipment and books to support out-of-school youth access an education.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Train health staff and community members through health awareness sessions for mothers.
  • Provide support to health care centres and hospitals, including equipment and medicines.
  • Support nutrition centres and conduct health campaigns to improve the nutrition of children and pregnant women.
  • Distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets, and conduct awareness sessions to protect against malaria.
  • Conduct awareness sessions on the prevention of HIV & AIDS, as well as caring for those living with the illness.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Drill boreholes, and install and maintain hand pumps.
  • Construct public latrines.
  • Provide training on the importance of hygiene practices, such as hand washing.
  • Reduce the spread of water-borne diseases through improved environmental sanitation.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Kabondo can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Provide farming equipment and materials, such as seeds.
  • Improve families' access to loans through farming associations.
  • Support farmers and families with income generating activities.
  • Provide training on farming, animal breeding, and fish farming techniques.
  • Support farming associations to acquire arable land.
  • Facilitate training in harvest management, savings methods, and techniques to improve and conserve the soil.

Explore Kabondo

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 Kabondo

There are many challenges in the Kabondo community that prevent children from receiving a quality education. Enrolment rates are low, while illiteracy and dropout rates are high, especially among girls.

As the county is in a state of post-conflict, much of school infrastructure has been affected by the war. Schools and equipment are dilapidated. Most school buildings are built of adobe bricks with thatched roofs. A massive influx of displaced people to the area has also resulted in overcrowded classrooms. There are no desks, and pupils have to sit on the ground. What's more, teachers receive irregular pay and have lost their motivation to teach.

Health Care
People in Kabondo face many health challenges. Most people do not have access to quality health care. Health facilities are dilapidated, poorly equipped, unfurnished, and lacking in medicines. The majority of health workers are not qualified and do not want to work in rural areas.

There are high incidence rates of diseases like malaria, TB, typhoid fever, respiratory infections, cholera, and dysentery. HIV & AIDS prevalence rates are also high, and the existing health care system is not equipped to respond to the needs of the community. Many people do not know how to protect themselves from illnesses, and awareness raising sessions are lacking.

Water and Sanitation
The water supply grid and equipment in Kabondo are run down, and less than half the population has access to a supply of safe drinking water. As a result, many people suffer from water-borne diseases and have to walk long distances to fetch water.

Economic Development
Many families in Kabondo do not have enough food to eat. Farmers cultivate small areas and harvest yields are low. There is a lack of good seed and farming tools, and farming is often done according to traditional methods that are not as effective anymore. As household income is low, it is not possible to purchase materials, and access to loans is lacking.

Families also struggle to access animal protein as there are many challenges rearing livestock. There is a lack of support, equipment, and materials for successful animal breeding. Fishing in the area is also challenging as ponds have been neglected.
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