Cobocol'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: 

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.
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
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Rehabilitate schools and provide teaching material.
  • Train teachers and school directors.
  • Provide children with uniforms and school supplies.
  • Contribute towards school fees so parents can send their children to school.
  • Establish vocational training centres where youth can gain new skills to help them earn a living.
  • Provide literacy training to interested parents.
  • Provide opportunities for children and youth to develop life skills and discover and develop their abilities and talents in athletics and sports, leadership, social work, music, and the arts.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Teach mothers about nutrition, prevention practices like hygiene, immunization, and water handling, as well as primary health care practices.
  • Cap springs, build water access points, distribute water treatment products, and train water management committees so the community can have a better supply of potable water.
  • Train civil protection brigades that can help reduce the impact of natural disasters on families.
  • Help community members, especially youth, learn about sexual and reproductive health and the risk and prevention of HIV and AIDS.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Cobocol can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train farmers in new crop production techniques, and in environment management through soil conservation and managing watersheds.
  • Provide farmers with necessary agricultural supplies and support them to establish cooperatives so they can have continued access to supplies in the community, at reasonable prices.
  • Build irrigation systems.
  • Train families in livestock breeding, introduce improved breeds, and ensure that the community has access to veterinary agents and supplies to produce healthy animals that can fetch good prices.
  • Establish savings and loan associations where families can pool resources, learn about savings and credit, get training on other areas such as managing small businesses, and get microloans to establish or expand their businesses.
Hurricane Irma: Updates and facts you need to know Hurricane Irma has begun moving through the Caribbean and is expected to lash the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos with life-threatening wind, storm surges and heavy rain starting Wednesday night and lasting into Friday morning.

Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 storm and now ranks among the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded.

World Vision is deeply concerned about the impact this major hurricane could have on children living in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which are among the poorest countries in Latin America. Tens of thousands of children are living in flimsy shacks that are likely to be damaged and destroyed by powerful winds and rain.

What is World Vision Doing to prepare for Hurricane Irma? World Vision is in communication with community networks to stay updated on damage and on the status of sponsored children, so we can respond quickly.

World Vision is prepositioning basic food and hygiene items to meet the needs of affected families and to ensure that affected children are secure and supported through child-friendly spaces.

Hurricanes of this magnitude can be especially frightening and traumatic for children, and we are working to protect both their physical and psychosocial needs.

How is World Vision responding to Hurricane Irma?
World Vision has relief supplies pre-positioned to assist in responding to the needs of those affected after the storm passes. Supplies include:
  • Hygiene kits
  • Sawyer water filters
  • Bed sheets
  • Mosquito nets
  • Jerry cans
  • Dry food
About your sponsored child If you would like more information about your sponsored child, please call our toll-free Hurricane Irma emergency line at 1-800-654-2650.

Explore Cobocol

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 Cobocol

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!