Jirapa's Community News

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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 Jirapa community is home to almost 90,000 people, many of whom live in poverty and earn a living through farming. Erratic rainfall, drought, and infertile soil mean that families often do not produce enough food. Almost 13% of children in the area are malnourished. For survival, families often resort to harvesting other natural resources, such as trees and charcoal. This practice is not sustainable, however, and if continued will quickly destroy Jirapa's natural resources.

There are few health clinics and staff available to care for children and families. Waterborne infection and disease are common due to improper sanitation and hygiene. Most schools do not have drinkable water or proper washrooms. Youth often drop out of school to earn money for their families, and some girls drop out as a result of early marriage and teenage pregnancy. Women cannot own land and have little control over their income and livelihood, and therefore must depend on their husbands or male family members.
  • 1,250 children are developing vital language and motor skills at pre-school, setting the foundation for their education.
  • Community members are working to protect children and youth through workshops and formal programs like birth registration.
  • 2 district hospitals received essential medical equipment and health promotion materials.
  • 10 child welfare supervisors attended training to better equip them to monitor the well-being of children.
Child Protection
  • 12 child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 48 community groups and individuals worked together on advocacy efforts, encouraging the government to address child protection and safety issues.
  • 7131 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 2 advocacy initiatives about child safety and protection were led by women and children, empowering them to change their community for the better.
  • 4781 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 76 planning activities were carried out with community partners, co-ordinating the work of local groups and organisations to focus on helping children.
  • 4 training opportunities were provided for community partners, equipping them to improve the lives of children.
  • 2787 adults and children attended training on what to do during a disaster or emergency, preparing them to help themselves and others in times of crisis.
  • 25 people took part in interfaith events, helping members of different religions to build understanding and work together to improve children's lives.
  • 41 meetings or home visits were made by community and faith leaders to support families, providing extra help to parents with the challenges they face.
  • 20 churches and faith-based groups are involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
  • 4781 parents participated in learning opportunities to support the spiritual nurture of children
  • 5954 boys and girls took part in faith-based activities, deepening their understanding of God's love for them, others and nature.
  • 930 women and men are active members of a local savings group, helping them to become more financially stable.
  • 1340 children who have a parent or caregiver who is part of a local savings group, helping the adults to save and cover the costs of their children's needs.
  • 194 community members were clients of a microfinance institution, giving them access to low-interest loans and help support their families.
  • 77 savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
  • 50 farmers received seeds, livestock, tools or agricultural equipment, helping increase their production, income and support for their children.
  • 1453 farmers had access to agricultural technical services, helping them improve their production and income to meet their children's needs.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 25 faith leaders learned about hygiene, sanitation or how to affect change in a person's actions, so they can be better-informed role models for youth.

*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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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.

The needs in Jirapa

In Jirapa, children lack access to quality education. The classroom environment is very poor, with outdated teaching methods, inadequate facilities and classrooms, and instructors who need more training. Most children do not have basic school supplies or materials. There are hardly any kindergarten teachers, and the lack of basic benefits makes teaching in general an undesirable job in the area. This often results in teacher absences. School supervisors don't check in regularly, and issues are rarely addressed.

These challenges have led to a high number of students who skip school or drop out altogether. Many leave the classroom in order to take up jobs and make money to support themselves and their family. According to a recent report, 64.5% of boys finished junior high, whereas only 46.5% of girls accomplished the same. Part of the reason for this large gap is because some girls drop out due to early or forced marriages and teenage pregnancy. This group of mothers has little or no skills and cannot fend for themselves or their children. Often their own children do not have their basic needs met, and grow up to repeat the same cycles of poverty and under education.

A key concern in Jirapa is the lack of nutritious food available year-round. Environmental issues such as unpredictable rainfall, bad soil, and drought affect harvests. Poverty limits famers ability to use better techniques to increase productivity and improve storage options. A lack of knowledge also keeps families raising livestock from earning as much income as they could if they received improved education. Additionally, families lack sustainable alternatives to farming and have turned to depleting the area's natural resources, like forests and charcoal, to provide for themselves.

Child Protection
In Jirapa, the community lacks understanding and support of child wellbeing. Without community leaders who are invested in promoting child rights and child protection, and encouraging participation, children remain voiceless and devalued.

One of the most prominent issues is the migration of parents looking for work because of poor harvests and ongoing poverty. Traveling away from home to find employment can often leave children vulnerable to unsafe situations and bad peer influence. Additionally, poverty can push community members to promote early marriage for girls as a way to ensure they are cared for. Early marriage is not only harmful to children's wellbeing, but it also leads to teenage pregnancy, creating health risks for young mothers and their babies.

Community Leadership
Another issue is the community's struggle to bounce back from natural disasters including drought and windstorms, which regularly destroy farms as well as houses. Community members need help to identify the early warning signs of these disasters and to create plans that will help manage the impact.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Jirapa,  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.