The community of Cobocol is graduating

Cobocol’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all its children, not just those who are sponsored. They are now transitioning to self-sufficiency. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Cobocol get there. Thank you! 

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Cobocol has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Cobocol community is located high in Haiti's Central Plateau, north of the departmental capital of Hinche. The region's exposed soil is heavily eroded, and the whole area susceptible to landslides and flash flooding. Water is in scarce supply. There are few industries or other means of survival here, so families live off of subsistence agriculture growing corn, peas, and bananas, or raising small animals. A few earn income from petty trade in agricultural products and food brought in from other areas. Life is hard for families and children.

Farming families often lack tools and equipment, have to battle physical conditions, and pay high prices for agricultural supplies like seeds; all of which condemn farmers to little return for their hard work. They have little knowledge of modern agricultural techniques. Small harvests mean less food on the table, and fewer resources to provide for any other of their children's basic needs.

In terms of health, here in the mountains there are no health centres or clinics to provide care. Families do not know how to employ preventative care that can help their children enjoy better health.
People in Cobocol are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

Child Protection
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 25 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 27 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 3,960 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 47 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 1 school received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 1 school was renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 1,223 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 170 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 53 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 6,090 children received deworming medication to treat intestinal worm infections and protect them from future health issues
  • 60 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 53 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1 new water source is providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 15 technicians were trained to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families
  • 2 renovated latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 4,710 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 6,104 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 852 new latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness

Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Cobocol

current conditions

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


Educational and social infrastructure is limited, leaving children and youth with few options for intellectual development. While there are 18 primary schools in the area, most are privately operated since the government lacks the resources to meet the demand for public education. Private schools charge steep tuition fees, but they are often the only option available for students, despite their dilapidated conditions, lack of basic teaching material, and generally untrained teachers. There are a limited number of high schools as well, and most are in the city. Few families can afford to pay to send their children into town for school.

In this impoverished community many children remain uneducated because parents cannot afford the fees or supplies to send them. Widespread adult illiteracy hampers parents abilities to help their children progress in their studies, and in some cases, parents can't see any value in educating their children. For those fortunate enough to attend school, the quality of education they get is very low, and it shows in the children's performance. By the end of primary school, over half of students in the community fail the state exam. Results indicate that many have not achieved a grade 3 level education.

Health Care
When families cannot grow enough food and they don't earn enough to purchase food, children go hungry. Chronic malnutrition is common. Poor sanitation and hygiene, coupled with lack of safe drinking water, causes repeated bouts of diarrheal illnesses, which is even more serious when the child is already malnourished.

There is no health care centre or clinic nearby. If they have the resources to seek help, patients must travel hours on rough roads to get care in large towns. Parents here do not know about simple care and prevention measure that they can take to protect or improve their children's health. They often don't know when to seek help and children's conditions worsen as they go unattended.

Economic Development
In the harsh conditions surrounding this community, families barely survive on subsistence agriculture. Production is low, but farmers do not have the knowledge and resources to improve their production. Not surprisingly, most do not earn enough to provide for their families basic needs, and droughts and natural disasters can impact the food security of vulnerable families. Many families live on less than a dollar a day. Those who engage in petty trade are able to earn some money, mostly by selling agricultural products and provisions theyve brought in from outside the area.

Illiteracy in the community is high, and there are no opportunities to learn new skills or find other ways to earn a living. Many families become heavily indebted to unscrupulous moneylenders, and some are forced to migrate into the neighbouring Dominican Republic.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Cobocol,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!