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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 Ngandu community is located on a peri-urban area on the outskirts of Kinshasa; the largest and most populous city in the province. The community is very poor and suffers from a lack of basic social facilities and clean water. The majority of the population is illiterate and is mainly dependent on small business. The climate in the area is tropical, with two seasons: a dry season, and rainy season that lasts for 8 months from September to May.

The community is densely populated, as there is a massive influx of people moving from the town centre to quarters located on the outskirts, like Ngandu. This is causing a housing crisis, and as a result more people are building their homes using bushes that very poor families us to collecting resources, like firewood or wild fruits. Using these spaces for homes further increases the vulnerability of those who depend on these resources for their survival.
Child Protection
  • 106 boys and girls received a birth certificate, allowing them to assert their rights as citizens.
  • 1 joint plan was drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 40 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.
  • 15 farmers sold their goods using improved sales techniques
  • 261 members of savings groups increased their business income one year after joining the group, helping them meet more of their children's basic needs.
  • 48 savings groups were established
  • 14 farming and agricultural groups formed, helping producers work together for better harvests.
  • 10 community associations increased their animal and vegetable production
Health and Nutrition
  • 555 pregnant women were sensitized on preventive care topics such as: mother-to-child transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, diarrhea, malaria, typhoid fever, cholera, chicken pox, ante and postnatal care
  • 4 community-based and faith-based organizations implemented development plans
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
  • 24.2% of children have a safe place to play in 2017, increasing from 2.1% in 2012
  • 52.5% of children have a birth certificate in 2017, increasing from 40% in 2012
  • 73.5% of children completed basic education in a structured learning environment in 2017, increasing from 65.1% in 2012
  • 93.7% of families know the early warming signs and what to do in case of an emergency or disaster in 2017, increasing from 74.7% in 2012
  • 69.5% of mothers reported having at least four antenatal visits while they were pregnant with their youngest child in 2017, increasing from 31.6% in 2012
  • 85.3% of children received essential vaccines in 2017, increasing from 55.8% in 2012, keeping themselves and their communities protected against preventable diseases
  • 88.4% of pregnant women accepted testing and counseling for HIV in 2017, increasing from 50.5% in 2012
  • 98.8% of children had sufficient diet diversity in 2017, increasing from 17.9% in 2012, which entails eating from four or more food groups
  • 61.1% of families are practicing climate smart farming practices in 2017, increasing from 36.8% in 2012, that way they improve the quality of the soil and increase their production
  • 96.8% of families have a secondary source of income in 2017, increasing from 84.2% in 2012
Results of World Vision Canada's evaluation in DRC in 2017

Explore Ngandu

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 Ngandu

Very few children in the Ngandu community go to school. Of the children that do attend schools, girls are more educated than boys, with 57% of girls attending school, compared to 43% of boys. Close to 20% of children drop out of school before they are finished, however, with the biggest reason being the inability to pay for school fees. As a result, there are only a few children who are able to read, write, and use numeracy skills when they complete their primary or secondary education.

In addition, there is a lack of schools in the area and children have to walk a very long distance to attend school. 60% of existing schools in the area need to be refurbished. There are also no vocational schools available to teach youth skills they can use to obtain employment. Many qualified teachers also do not want to teach in the area, lowering the quality of education and learning experiences children receive.

Health Care
There are many problems affecting the population's health in Ngandu. Many people do not have enough income to pay regularly for proper health care, and resort to seeing traditional healers or trying to treat themselves. In some areas, 15% of children suffer from rickets, and the malnutrition rate stands at 14% for children aged 6 to 59 months.

Many children do not have enough to eat, as their families do not make enough to buy the necessary amount and quality of food. Some children have only one meal a day, while on some days they do not eat at all. For those who do have something to eat, their diet is not balanced.

Among children aged 0-6 months, the level of malnutrition is high. Mothers often do not practice exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months after the baby is born. Moreover, if mothers become pregnant soon after giving birth, they stop breastfeeding their baby, due to the belief that they should care for the development of the new baby instead.

The prevalence of HIV in Ngandu is significant, and many individuals engage in risky behaviours that leave them susceptible to the disease. For example, because of the lack of food in the area, older women engage in sexual activities in exchange for money and do not use protection. This often results in contracting sexually transmitted infections.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Ngandu,  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.