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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Vinces's Community News

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.
  • 2,470 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 220 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 569 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 5 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 280 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 200 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 90 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children               
  • 15 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 554 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 54 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 450 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • 32 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 45 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 30 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 450 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens 
  • 90 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
  • 1,220 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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.

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current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

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.