Kikimi'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:

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.
  • 25 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 6,575 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 159 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 166 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 1 garden is in place for community members to grow fresh produce, improving children's access to healthy food
  • 1,542 pigs were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 2,892 chickens were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 32 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 49 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
*Results reported for projects in this country 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