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Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year

The Loisingha community is located in northeastern India and is primarily rural. Recurring drought has made this area one of the most poverty-stricken in the country. Since the 1980's, the frequency of drought has increased to about one every other year. This has caused extensive damage to agricultural and forest land, including the loss of top soil and nutrients by leaching.

In a rural community like Loisingha that depends on agriculture, these conditions are negatively impacting the ability of families to earn income. Other sources of irregular earnings include daily wage labour and small business, while some are forced to migrate in search of work, leaving behind their families and community. Community members lack access to health care and educational facilities. The rate of malnutrition in children under the age of five is high and there is minimal maternal health care available. Parents aren't aware of the importance of their children's education, and schools lack infrastructure and services. As a result, the dropout rate is high. Many children also live far away from school, which puts them at risk for child labour.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Strengthen teachers skills to help start innovative learning programs.
  • Help students improve their reading and numeracy skills.
  • Educate community members about the importance of education for children.
  • Increase the number of children attending and staying in school, especially girls and children with disabilities.
  • Strengthen parent-teacher associations to advocate for improved curriculum and educational facilities.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Teach parents about appropriate child feeding practices, as well as how to detect and treat malnutrition.
  • Increase community member's knowledge about the detection and prevention of early childhood illnesses.
  • Improve access to quality maternal and child health care services, such as vaccinations and pre and postnatal care.
  • Support community health agents and leaders to mobilize resources for health facilities.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Increase families access to safe, clean water and teach improved sanitation and hygiene practices.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Loisingha can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Empower adult men and women to learn new skills and pursue alternative income-generating activities.
  • Improve existing and build new irrigation facilities.
  • Improve community members ability to organize, facilitate, and manage savings groups. Increase household income with access to loans and business services.
  • Strengthen existing farmers cooperatives and groups.
  • Educate farmers about the use of natural resources like water, as well as forest conservation.
Child Protection
  • 105 children's groups functioning well
  • 3150 children are now participating in children's groups
  • 16 communities have appropriate local level advocacy approaches to protect the rights of children
  • 50 communities created functional child protection units
  • 16 action plans were developed by local community advocates, allowing more people to be involved in their community's development.
  • 45 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.
  • 46 early childhood development centres are up and running, giving more preschool-aged children access to early education.
Health and Nutrition
  • 5 children whose upper arm measurement indicated malnutrition have now achieved a healthier weight, helping them to have a stronger start in life.
  • 750 adolescent girls are taking weekly iron-folic acid supplements, helping to improve their nutrition and health.
  • 375 adolescents participated in various health programmes, helping them learn more about good habits to stay healthy.
  • 515 pregnant women registered for prenatal classes, helping more expectant mothers and their babies to stay healthy.
  • 2 assessments from community monitoring on health issues were presented to the local government, helping identify and bring about improvements needed.
  • 8 healthcare facilities are fully functional, meeting the Indian Public Health Standards needed to serve patients.
  • 55 local volunteers are actively engaged in health, nutrition and sanitation services, helping their community know more about health issues.
  • 2 campaigns and events took place so the community could discuss health issues, allowing adults and children to speak up on issues affecting them.
  • 1 Partnership supported by World Vision to strengthen systems to reduce childhood malnutrition and illnesses
  • 16 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
  • 2016 mothers learned and understood the importance of clean water, sanitation and good hygiene, helping them protect children from diarrhoea and diseases.
  • 1163 households have access to safe and protected water sources, providing families with year-round access to clean drinking water.
  • 3548 community members attended health and hygiene training sessions, learning better ways, such as proper handwashing, to protect themselves from diseases.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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current conditions

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The needs in Loisingha

In India, the government has made it compulsory for all states to provide free education to children up to the age of 14. However, the quality of education remains to be the greatest challenge and many children living in Loisingha do not attend school as a result.

One of the biggest issues is the lack of schools, and the long distances many students have to travel. Many schools lack basic infrastructure, including washrooms, and trained teachers, as well as teaching and learning materials. There is a high student-to-teacher ratio and both teachers and students are often absent from school. Many children struggle with reading and numeracy, which limits their progression beyond primary school.

Children with physical and developmental disabilities are marginalized and don't enjoy equal opportunities in education. Without increased awareness about the issues they face, children will be more likely to drop out of school to work.

Health Care
The malnutrition rate among children under the age of five in Losingha is an alarming 48%. Almost half of all children are experiencing physical stunting and developmental delays as a result. The community lacks food security and understanding about proper nutrition for children. Children's weakened immune systems in turn make them vulnerable to illnesses like asthma, tuberculosis, and bronchitis.

Maternal and child health education is also inadequate. Many children do not receive the necessary vaccinations to protect them from disease. There is an absence of qualified health workers to promote preventative care or encourage parents to obtain birth registration certificates. Community members often have to travel long distances to health facilities as well, which deters them from seeking treatment.

Water and Sanitation
Another major challenge in Loisingha is the lack of clean water and hygiene and sanitation education. Children frequently suffer from preventable waterborne illnesses, such as diarrhea, jaundice, and worms. During brief periods of high rainfall, malaria runs rampant through the community, and children and adults alike experience a high risk of infection.

Economic Development
Unemployment in Loisingha is high. For many, this is due to the lack of proper irrigation to facilitate growing crops during periods of drought. In times past, there was enough rainfall to irrigate crops, but with climate change, the community needs improved irrigation facilities to compensate for the decreased rainfall.

Most families earn income as daily wage labourers or in small business trades. Since their daily earnings are small and irregular, most families cannot meet their basic needs. Men and women alike earn an average of 200 rupees a day, or roughly CDN$4. Illiteracy, a lack of skills, and few alternative income-generating activities are the reasons why many families remain in poverty.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Loisingha,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.