Jarso'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: 2016

To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Establish reading rooms equipped with appropriate books.
  • Facilitate volunteer-based tutorial programs.
  • Train teachers to build literacy and math skills.
  • Establish parent-teacher associations, children's clubs, and rewards programs for successful teachers and students.
  • Train school supervisors to encourage academic success.
  • Promote the importance of staying in school, especially for girls.
  • Ensure that disabled children can access school buildings and appropriate curriculum.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide fraining for mothers in dietary diversity, food preparation, and appropriate feeding practices.
  • Teach health workers about the importance of iron supplements, vaccination and mosquito net use, major diseases, common injuries, and prevention strategies.
  • Run workshops to enhance pre- and postnatal care.
  • Help build and equip separate wards for pregnant women.
  • Provide training in proper hygiene.

In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Teach farming groups about improved livestock breeding, beekeeping, and high-yield fruit and vegetable crops.
  • Provide seeds and livestock, the benefits of which can be passed on to other needy families in a revolving fund.
  • Provide training in viable crop production, dairy and poultry raising, composting, and pasture management.
  • Support small-scale irrigation.
  • Help improve veterinary services.

To combat the spread and repercussions of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Foster a culture of care for orphans, vulnerable children, and people living with HIV and AIDS to fight stigma and discrimination.
  • Train health workers in voluntary counseling techniques and testing services to help prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission.

Community Leadership
In partnership with the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide risk-reduction training so people can cope with natural disasters.
  • Improve the environment through land rehabilitation programs, training in soil and water conservation, and tree nurseries.
  • Provide entrepreneurial training for youth to give young people a better start postgrad.
  • Form youth self-help groups, support them to start businesses, encourage local co-operatives to train youth, and provide access to micro-loans.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Jarso can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train parents in income-generating activities.
  • Support parents to start their own businesses, and link them with savings and credit programs, and larger markets.
  • 2,774 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 2,500 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 70 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 190 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 4,349 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps.
  • 90 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 132 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication.
  • 90 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished.
  • 7 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases.
  • 9,000 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources.
  • 3 latrines in the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families.
  • 595 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy.
  • 2 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses.
  • 177 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans.
  • 90 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.
  • 455 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens.
  • 91 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children.
  • 1,036 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies.
  • 19 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis.

Explore Jarso

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 Jarso

There are many obstacles to getting a good education in Jarso. Parental and community awareness about the value of education is low. Fewer than 60% of local children are enrolled in school, and schools do not adequately emphasize reading, writing and numeracy skills. There are few libraries, and a lack of appropriate reference books. Math and reading grades are low, especially among children from the poorest, most vulnerable families.

Families who cannot afford to educate their children give priority to educating boys over girls. Parents are reluctant to send their daughters on a long walk to school because of safety concerns, and schools often lack adequate toilet facilities, so girls have to share latrines with boys. Many orphans and vulnerable children work rather than attend school. Due to a lack of awareness about disabilities, disabled children rarely have an opportunity to attend school.

Health Care
Malnutrition is a huge challenge in Jarso. Few families have learned about the importance of dietary diversity, exclusive breastfeeding, or vitamin and mineral supplements. Many pregnant women are anemic. More than 40% of children experience stunted growth and more than 34% experience wasting. Jarso's high child mortality rate--122 deaths in 1,000 children younger than five years old-- is tragic. Sick children rarely get timely health care. Immunization coverage is poor, treated mosquito nets are not used consistently, and pre- and postnatal care is insufficient.

Unfortunately, hospitals lack ward structure. In many cases, women give birth alongside patients with infectious diseases. Traditional birth attendants are inadequately trained, and pregnant women do not receive the information they need for safe pregnancy and delivery, or the proper care of infants. Poor sanitation and hygiene worsen this situation.

Chronic malnutrition and poverty affect more than 60% of households in Jarso. For six to nine months of the year, children often have just one meal a day. Poor farm production is to blame. Low crop yields are caused by several factors, including the lack of arable land, unreliable rainfall, soil infertility, and the high cost and unavailability of seeds and tools. Crop pests and livestock diseases further worsen the situation. HIV & AIDS HIV and AIDS is a prevalent concern in Jarso. There is a lack of awareness about the disease, as well as poor counseling services and testing facilities. A widespread stigma still exists around HIV & AIDS, and there is rampant discrimination against people living with the illness.

Community Leadership
At the moment, the community of Jarso is highly vulnerable to natural disasters, such as drought and flooding. This stems from a lack of education about coping strategies, as well as a need for improved community organization. Young people also lack relevant skills training and capital to create opportunities for themselves. Youth unemployment is widespread.

Economic Development
Few people have sources of income other than farming. Fewer still have access to credit, business training, or markets to sell their products. Mothers spend much time and energy trying to generate income through petty trading or selling firewood, but they must walk very long distances to do so, often up to six hours per trip, which detracts from the productivity of their efforts, and also impacts the time they spend caring for their children.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Jarso,  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.