Faridkot'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 Faridkot community is located in a dry area of the state of Punjab, in the northwest corner of India. The area is flat and there are no rivers or natural drains flowing through the district, although there is a network of canals. Less than 40% of people use piped drinking water, getting water from wells and canals instead. In addition, only 56% of families have access to a toilet.

The climate is extremely hot and dry in the summer, with temperatures exceeding 45℃ and frequent dust storms. Winter is very cold, with temperaturs sometimes falling to freezing. The monsoon season is very short, but the rains constitute about 80% of the annual rainfall. January is the coldest month when temperatures may fall to 0℃. Sometimes hailstorms may occur during February and March. Agriculture and general labour are the primary sources of income for residents of Faridkot. Major agricultural products are wheat, rice, sugarcane, and cotton. Livestock plays an important role in the area's economy as well. Both the milk-yielding Nili Ravi buffaloes and Sahiwal cows make their home in the area.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Ensure children are able to attend and complete formal education, with a particular focus on girls.
  • Educate community members of all ages about the importance of education for girls, especially to continue their studies beyond primary school.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve the access of parents and children to essential health care services.
  • Providing counseling for maternal and child health, including promoting immunization, safe childbirth, and exclusive breastfeeding for babies under six months old.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide children, especially girls, with a loving, safe environment, at home and in the community at large.
  • Educate community members of all ages about violence against women and the issues associated with dowries.
  • Form and strengthen Child Protection Units to protect children and teach them about their rights.
  • Partner with the government and media to sensitize communities against female abortion, dowries, and child trafficking.
  • Establish women leadership, gender resource centres, and self-help groups to foster the development of decision-making skills and the implementation of solutions to issues affecting women.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Faridkot can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Prepare youth with vocational and skills training to help them obtain employment.
  • Establish a resource centre to provide income-related services to the community.
  • Provide means to assess market dynamics, train parents and youth, facilitate job placement, and ensure labour protection.
Child Protection
  • 3887 children attended a Life School For Transformational Development program
  • 79 children are now participating in children's groups
  • 170 children's groups functioning well
  • 170 functional children groups
  • 3 interface meetings organized between child protection units and formal child protection actors
  • 19 communities created functional child protection units
  • 1553 families trained in parenting skills
  • 156 first responders were trained in child protection
  • 13020 people were made aware of the effects of harmful traditional practices
  • 24 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.
  • 2400 school-aged children completed life skills workshops, helping them learn a variety of skills such as leadership and creative thinking.
  • 37 families experienced increase in income after they were supported with economic development assistance
  • 7 functional self-help groups are functioning in the community
Health and Nutrition
  • 9 children addicted to tobacco, alcohol and other harmful substances were rehabilitated
  • 5 communities have used Citizen Voice and Action to access services

*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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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 Faridkot

There is a primary school in every neighbourhood in Faridkot, but they do not offer a quality education. Students often drop out of school because they do not have a solid educational foundation and cannot pursue higher studies. Many children between the ages of eight and 11 have never even enrolled.

The education of women and girls is particularly poor. The literacy rate for some women is as low as 34%. Most girls between the ages of 11 and 14 do not continue their studies because of their low levels of literacy and because schools are located so far from home. Some girls also leave school to concentrate on household work.

Health Care
As health centres are located far away from the community, people often resort to local medical practitioners, some of whom are not recognized or registered. Many parents cannot afford to pay for health care for their children or themselves. In addition, most children in Faridkot are anemic due to poor diets. Cancer is also a major health issue due to the indiscriminate use of pesticides in agricultural fields.

Child Protection
The majority of women and girls in Farikot experience many challenges that put them at a disadvantage. People in the state of Punjab demand high dowries for girls when they get married and many families find this to be a major financial burden. This often leads to a high rate of female abortion.

When mothers give birth to a girl child, she grow up lacking the opportunities available to boys her age. Female residents of the community are not aware of their rights and privileges in society, have no voice within their families, and cannot make decisions independently.

Most people in Faridkot believe that girls have to marry and will leave their family home, so there is no need to pay special attention to their education and health. There are also high incidences of domestic violence.

Economic Development
The majority of people in Faridkot depend on agriculture to earn a living, and many do not have any other training or work skills. Farmers require new technology to sustain their production in the long run and improve their yields. They currently face a decrease in the selling price of produce, as well as rising costs of agricultural supplies such as seeds, diesel, and fertilizers.

The issue of storage is also problematic. There are only three cold storage units available in the community, and these only stores potatoes. Despite the fact that Punjab is an agro-based state, there are no agro-based industries to assist farmers or facilitate employment, especially for youth.

Other factors also contribute to the disadvantaged state of many families, including the illiteracy of most women, who were not allowed to attend school. There are also no self-help groups in Faridkot that could equip community members to start small businesses.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Faridkot,  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.