Vinces's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year.

The rural area of Vinces is home to almost 20,000 people, or more than 4,000 families. Crops such as banana account for almost 85% of the population's income. This makes weather conditions and temperatures the keys to economic success. However, too much rain causes flooding, which damages roads and affects productivity. Droughts also impact the local economy, harvests and livestock.

Children suffer malnutrition, poor health, and exposure to drugs and crime. Violence, including murder and assault, happen regularly, and can sometimes be traced back to substance abuse or arguments over land. Living in an environment where both economic and personal security are threatened can have a lasting negative effect on children.
Health Care
ith the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Reduce reoccurring diseases and infections, especially for children under the age of five, and facilitate improved access to health care.
  • Improve the health of malnourished children and provide training on proper meal preparation.
  • Equip mothers with good feeding practices and pre- and post-natal care.
  • Focus on age-appropriate cognitive, social, and emotional development for children.

To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Train teachers to better engage students and reduce classroom conflicts.
  • Create access to early childhood development programs.
  • Encourage parents to prioritize the importance of education and support academic goals.
  • Boost the performance of students by addressing the low quality of education in some schools.
  • Improve the overall sanitation of classrooms to ensure an optimal learning environment for both teachers and students.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Increase leadership capacity to protect youth, especially girls, from sexual violence and abuse.
  • Equip adolescents with ample information on how to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections.
  • Decrease domestic violence and abuse, and ensure that children know their rights.
  • Strengthen access to quality local education to ensure youth stay in school and avoid child labour.
Earthquake in Ecuador
More than 100,000 people in Ecuador were impacted by the 7.8 magnitude quake on April 16, 2016. Community members in Vinces have been affected but fortunately children supported by Canadians are safe. World Vision has launched an immediate response in collaboration with the government to meet the urgent needs of children and families.
Child Protection
  • 3  child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 2305 children and youth are actively participating in formal extracurricular activities in arts, culture and or sports
  • 2 partnerships between locals and World Vision staff were created to advocate for child well-being and protection
  • 13 child protection policies recommending child and youth plans were presented to local governments.
  • 2482 children and youth can now identify risk factors of abuse, exploitation or neglect
  • 511  teachers learned new ways to teach literacy skills, improving how they educate girls and boys on reading and writing.
  • 1773 children and youth can see early warning signs and know what to do in case of an emergency or disaster
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Vinces

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 Vinces

Health Care
In Vinces, the health of children and families is in need of improvement. Children under the age of five are often exposed to risks since many don't receive necessary vaccines. Families lack access to services, and existing clinics don't have enough doctors to treat patients. Children under five also suffer from malnutrition because they don't have enough healthy food to grow and develop properly.

Pregnant and nursing women are vulnerable too, as they lack a nutritious diet, vitamins, and beneficial medical care. Mothers need practical information on how to properly feed their families. Pollution and inadequate waste disposal taints drinking water, leaving families helpless against illnesses and disease.

The state of the educational system in Vinces is a key issue for children. Schools are often a breeding ground for negative relationships between boys and girls. From a young age, discrimination between the two genders creates tension, and teachers rarely intervene to resolve conflicts. Without access to training, teachers struggle to engage students in a child-friendly manner, and as a result classroom participation is low. In combination with the little support children do get at home, many perform poorly in school, and are not positioned for a successful future.

The community has few high schools. As such, students who continue their education must commute a far distance. This long and costly journey can cause many to drop out and work at home or migrate to a bigger city. Those who are especially vulnerable can get involved in crime, violence, and drugs.

Child Protection
The protection of children and their rights is a major concern in Vinces. Teenage girls often have their rights violated and are targets of sexual abuse. There is little information for youth about preventing teen pregnancy, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections. Many grow up in environments where they are exposed to violence at home and can carry these values into adulthood.

The community also lacks systems to monitor and ensure child wellbeing. Little is done to campaign for child rights, and children themselves don't have opportunities to participate in important conversations. There are few forums for youth to build the leadership skills necessary to voice their concerns and needs. The community needs more groups to help develop citizenship and accountability.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Vinces,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.