The community of Cobocol is graduating

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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
  • 1640 people were reached through child protection awareness campaigns
  • 30 children and youth were trained on positive parenting techniques
  • 50 parents were trained on positive parenting techniques
  • 30 leaders were trained on positive parenting techniques
  • 7 community action groups, churches, and community-based organizations advocated for child protection services
  • 141 children and youth were mobilised to promote good health, nutrition and  water, sanitation and nutrition activities
  • 2 churches were mobilised to promote good nutrition, as well as good water, sanitation and health activities
Community Development
  • 11 partners are actively involved in group planning and decision making
  • 2 children and youth implemented joint activities with partners and programs
  • 1 church is implementing joint activities with partners and programs
  • 1 joint plan was developed in coordination with the Ministry of Health regional office
Health and Nutrition
  • 4309 children accessed essential health services
  • 329 women accessed essential health services
  • 8 mobile clinics were conducted to provide health services
  • 8 mothers' groups have been sensitized on exclusive breastfeeding
  • 13 mobile clinics were conducted for community-based management of acute malnutrition activities
  • 75 home visits were conducted for community-based management of acute malnutrition activities
  • 8 acutely malnourished children under age 5 were rehabilitated through community-based management of acute malnutrition
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 3 water, sanitation and health and nutrition petition was submitted to government authorities by community members and partners
  • 294  households received hygiene training and now have hand-washing facilities with soap, enabling families to improve hygiene at home and reduce diseases.
  • 209 basic household sanitation facilities were constructed by community members with financial or in-kind community contributions
  • 1  broken water source has been repaired, providing families with better access to clean water.
  • 6  local communities were trained in proper sanitation and no longer had people defecating in open spaces, helping protect more children from diseases.
  • 16 trainings were conducted on drinking water treatment for households and centralized systems
  • 450 households were trained on drinking water treatment
  • 82 water quality tests were conducted at households with satisfactory results
  • 200 individuals were trained in the benefits of sanitation and sanitation technologies
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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

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!