Kumarkhand'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 Kumarkhand community is located in the eastern state of Bihar, close to the Kosi river belt. The region is very remote. Most people earn a living from agriculture and livestock rearing, yet only 30% own land. The rest work as agricultural wage labourers. The area is low-lying and prone to flooding, with some sections being underwater for up to five months of the year. As a result, families here cannot provide adequately for their children's basic needs. Families are routinely split up, as men migrate to other areas in search of work, leaving the women, children, and elderly family members behind at home.
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Establish grain and seed banks will ensure that farmers have the supplies they need for planting.
  • Provide landless farmers with milk cows to provide a source of food and income.
  • Train farmers in improved agricultural methods, like planting wheat in raised beds and integrating crop management, to increase crop yield.

Community Leadership
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Train community leaders and volunteers and develop disaster preparedness plans, as well as search and rescue and emergency first aid protocols.
  • Form a disaster preparedness taskforce and equip them to address any sudden disaster.
  • Establish communication centres and provide them with life-saving equipment, like first aid kits, boats, and life jackets.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Kumarkhand can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Organize families into self-help groups to learn about savings and credit, as well as receive training and support to develop alternative income-generating activities.
  • Train community leaders to manage group records and funds, as well as microloans for starting or expanding small businesses.
  • Foster connections between self-help groups and agencies that can provide support for their development efforts.
  • Provide youth with skills training to develop their entrepreneurship and start small businesses.
Child Protection
  • 48 communities created functional child protection units
  • 3024 children attended a Life School For Transformational Development program
  • 10184 children are now participating in children's groups
  • 184 children's groups functioning well
  • 57 communities with a plan to improve the lives of children, so the community can address issues that impact the well-being of girls and boys.
  • 57 action plans were developed by local community advocates, allowing more people to be involved in their community's development.
  • 27 early childhood development centres are up and running, giving more preschool-aged children access to early education.
  • 5941 school-aged children completed life skills workshops, helping them learn a variety of skills such as leadership and creative thinking.
Health and Nutrition
  • 6821 adolescents participated in various health programmes, helping them learn more about good habits to stay healthy.
  • 4 local volunteers are actively engaged in health, nutrition and sanitation services, helping their community know more about health issues.
  • 3 healthcare facilities are fully functional, meeting the Indian Public Health Standards needed to serve patients.
  • 3 Partnerships supported by World Vision to strengthen systems to reduce childhood malnutrition and illnesses
  • 3 mothers died in childbirth, highlighting the need for greater medical support and preventative care for pregnant women.
  • 1407 pregnant women registered for prenatal classes, helping more expectant mothers and their babies to stay healthy.
  • 2 campaigns and events took place so the community could discuss health issues, allowing adults and children to speak up on issues affecting them.
  • 115 children whose upper arm measurement indicated malnutrition have now achieved a healthier weight, helping them to have a stronger start in life.
  • 3742 adolescent girls are taking weekly iron-folic acid supplements, helping to improve their nutrition and health.
  • 4 communities used strategies and plans to reduce the impact of natural disasters or emergencies, helping families be ready in the event of a disaster.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 2504 mothers learned and understood the importance of clean water, sanitation and good hygiene, helping them protect children from diarrhoea and diseases.
  • 7031 community members attended health and hygiene training sessions, learning better ways, such as proper handwashing, to protect themselves from diseases.
  • 710 households have access to safe and protected water sources, providing families with year-round access to clean drinking water.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Kumarkhand

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 Kumarkhand

Since the land is waterlogged for extended periods during the year, farmers can only cultivate one crop at a time. Agricultural yields are low or nonexistent, and farmers do not earn enough to provide for their families basic needs. As a result, malnutrition is common, affecting almost 60% of children under the age of three.

Community Leadership
Recurrent flooding destroys property, crops and even lives in Kumarkhand. Despite the fact that the community faces chronic flooding emergencies, there is no organized community response or preparedness plan. Search and rescue equipment and first aid supplies aren't available either. This increases the community's losses and continues to push families further into poverty.

Water and Sanitation
Contamination of well water and the presence of stagnant water cause widespread waterborne disease in Kumarkhand. Less than 2% of families have access to clean, safe water.

Economic Development
Most families are landless and they lack the skills, training, and alternative income-generating activities that would enable them to provide for their children.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kumarkhand,  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.