Sikka'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 Sikka community is located on Flores Island, more than 900 kilometres away from Jakarta, the capital city. Sikka is accessible only by air or by sea, with an air travel time of at least three hours from Jakarta. This hilly island is scattered with coconut trees and has a tropical climate. Temperatures average 33℃ in the hot season and 22℃ in the cold.

For all its tropical beauty, however, as a community Sikka experiences many difficulties, and about 20% of people here live below the poverty line. Most families struggle to provide for their basic needs through fishing or farming, which are the primary sources of income on the island. Only 26% of households have access to safe drinking water, only 10% have proper latrines, and many do not have electricity.
Child Protection
  • 1,208 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 128 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 39 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 4 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 483 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 1,692 children are participating in clubs to develop new skills, have fun and build friendships
  • 18 clubs are giving children a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 31 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 314 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 66 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1,120 community members are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 1,650 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 2 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 9 committees are promoting sanitary behaviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water
Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018