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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Kumarkhand'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 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.
  • 7,566 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 10,442 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 183 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 190 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 38 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 1,803 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 40 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 2,409 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 351 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 2,732 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 469 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 1,264 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 4,795 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 12 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 500 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 100 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
  • 5,986 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
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.

Explore Kumarkhand

current conditions

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

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.