The community of Kabondo has graduated

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In 2019, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Local people and organizations have been equipped to take over and lead the community's development - and that is something to celebrate!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Kabondo has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

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.
People in Kabondo are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:  

  • 96% of children now complete primary school—an increase of 56%.
  • 8 new schools were built, including 51 classrooms furnished with 765 desks, and 630 teachers were trained in more effective learning methods.
Health and Nutrition
  • 3 new health centres were built and immunization coverage is now 98%—a 52% increase.
  • 11 borehole wells and 8 spring water collection systems are providing clean water to more than 80,000 people.
  • 1,121 farming families were trained in new techniques, helping them increase their maize, bean and peanut harvests.
  • Savings groups were established, allowing families to access credit and save for the future.
  • 94% of parents now say they are supportive of their children’s education—especially their girls’—which is an increase of 44%.
*Results for this community updated for 2019

Explore Kabondo

current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kabondo has completed Phase 3 in 2019.

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!