Kikimi's Community News

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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:

The Kikimi community is located in the Kinshasa district in the western part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It has a little over 35,000 inhabitants, over half being young children. The climate is hot and humid, with a dry season and an eight-month-long rainy season that lasts from September to May. The average daily temperature is close to 30℃ in the rainy season, and 26℃ in the dry season.

Family income is very low in Kikimi, sometimes totalling only $1.30 a day, which is not enough to provide for their basic needs. Homes do not have latrines and are made of sand bricks and grass, and a few are covered with iron sheets. These shelters are inadequate, and leave families vulnerable to bad weather and disease.
Child Protection
  • 90 families who learned about local child protection services now know how to access support so that child protection issues can be addressed if they arise.
  • 50 farmers were trained in climate-smart agriculture
  • 1 community has updated disaster preparedness plan, helping parents reduce the impact of natural disasters on their income and their family's safety.
  • 6 savings groups were established
  • 6 members of savings groups increased their business income one year after joining the group, helping them meet more of their children's basic needs.
  • 5 farmers sold their goods using improved sales techniques
  • 14 farming and agricultural groups formed, helping producers work together for better harvests.
  • 1 community associations increased their animal and vegetable production
  • 1 education advocacy initiative was led by vulnerable individuals
  • 2 community-based and faith-based organizations implemented development plans
  • 24 church and faith leaders were trained in theology and children's ministry
  • 2 community-based and faith-based organizations implemented development plans
Community Development
  • 5 leaders of local associations were trained to improve their technical and managerial capacities
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Pay school fees for sponsored children.
  • Provide schools with equipment, learning materials, and school uniforms.
  • Support literacy programs and teacher training. Build and rehabilitate formal as well as vocational schools.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide health care facilities and train medical staff to provide better quality health care.
  • Support medical checkups, immunization programs, and the improved distribution of medical equipment and pharmaceutical products.

To combat the spread and repercussions of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train peer educators, church leaders, medical staff, and teachers on prevention and care techniques.
  • Support orphans and other children in vulnerable situations, as well as their families, such as with agricultural training to improve their income, diet, and self-sustainability.
  • Set up care coalitions to provide for people living with HIV & AIDS.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Increase access to drinking water by rehabilitating water sources and creating new water points, including distribution networks.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Kikimi can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Empower women to engage in entrepreneurial activities.
  • Support training for farmers on production and conservation techniques.
  • Support agricultural cooperatives to sell produce.
  • Diversify crops and improve seed quality.
  • Support farmers access to markets.
  • 40% of adolescents had a strong connection with their parent or caregiver in 2017, increasing from 22.1% in 2013
  • 33.2% of children could read and understand the material in 2017, increasing from 19.1% in 2013
  • 56.8% of children completed basic education in a structured learning environment in 2017, increasing from 37.2% in 2013
  • 65.3% of families who faced a disaster in the past 12 months were able to employ an effective disaster risk reduction or positive coping strategy in 2017, increasing from 41.1% in 2013
  • 37.9% of children under five with diarrhoea received effective treatment in 2017, increasing from 16.8% in 2013
  • 54.7% of mothers reported having at least four antenatal visits while they were pregnant with their youngest child in 2017, increasing from 42.1% in 2013
  • 85.3% of children under five slept under a mosquito net in 2017, increasing from 23.2% in 2013
  • 93.7% of babies were exclusively breastfed until 6 months of age in 2017, increasing from 62.1% in 2013
  • 33.4% of children were stunted as a result of chronic malnutrition in 2017, declining from 36.1% in 2013, this condition where children are too short for their age demands a long process of change for its presence to decrease. Because of that, even small reductions in this measurement are already cause for celebration. 
  • 83.2% of families used an improved source of drinking water in 2017, increasing from 12.6% in 2013
Results of World Vision Canada's evaluation in DRC in 2017

Explore Kikimi

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 Kikimi

There are no public schools in Kikimi, and the majority of children ages six to 15 years old cannot read or write. Children who do attend school have to walk 8-15 kilometres to a private school. In addition to these challenges, many children are forced to drop out, as parents cannot afford to pay their school fees. Without the benefit of an education, many children end up getting involved in drugs, prostitution, and crime.

Health Care
People in Kikimi do not have access to adequate or appropriate means of health care. There is a lack of health centres and qualified staff in the area to serve the population. There is a high rate of mother and infant mortality, as both often succumb to the difficulties and complications of childbirth. Children also die from preventable and manageable diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, anemia, measles, and chickenpox. Families are uninformed about good nutrition, proper sanitation, and family planning.

Water and Sanitation
Access to potable water is a challenge in Kikimi. Women and children are responsible for collecting water and have to walk 2-3 kilometres to reach the nearest stream. Water in these streams is often not clean, and other water sources such as wells are not well maintained or protected. This leads to water contamination, especially during the rainy season, which in turn results in a high incidence of water-borne illnesses.

The lack of health centres in the area has resulted in people lacking access to important information about HIV and AIDS spread, as well as prevention and protection strategies. As a result, people engage in risky behaviours that leave them susceptible to the disease. Orphans, vulnerable children, and people already living with HIV and AIDS often do not receive the care they need.

Economic Development
Agriculture is the main livelihood in Kikimi. Farmers often have small portions of land to work, however, which leads to low crop production, and low family income as a result. Farmers have to pay a $5 fee to rent land. Although this fee is not high, it is still expensive for families who have limited income.

Many farmers do not have access to agricultural equipment and materials such as tools, seeds, and fertilizer. Precarious roads also make it difficult to transport crops to the market. Low family income forces families to sell the livestock they breed, instead of eating them. As a result, children are not well fed and suffer from malnutrition.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kikimi,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.