Sikka'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 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 community group worked together on advocacy efforts, encouraging the government to address child protection and safety issues.
  • 235 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 616 children participated in community meetings
  • 13 programs were initiated by children's groups
  • 18 children or youth facilitators in the community now have basic knowledge to facilitate children facilitation skills
  • 16 child-led initiatives put in place to strengthen life skills and the protection of children.
  • 14 community actions related to child protection issues
  • 591 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 3 action plans for education were presented to local governments, giving communities more opportunity to improve formal schooling for children.
  • 8 schools implemented character education, promoting good citizenship
  • 228 parents and caregivers have improved knowledge of parenting skills on child development
  • 10 age appropriate learning materials are now available for each child in the early child development centres
  • 228 preschool-aged girls and boys are enrolled in early education, so they can be better prepared to enter primary school.
  • 24 teachers attended training on child safety, equality, good discipline or classroom management, helping them provide a safer space for children to learn.
Health and Nutrition
  • 5 community-led monitoring and dialogue or lobbying processes and meetings on health issues were conducted by communities
  • 56 children were referred for specialized treatment
  • 119 households with children under five years old were able to provide food through home-based food production
  • 203 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 211 households received hygiene training and now have hand-washing facilities with soap, enabling families to improve hygiene at home and reduce diseases.
  • 29 community health volunteers have completed facilitator training on community-based sanitation
  • 233 households were registered to community water service
  • 7 community groups committed to change their sanitation behavior in response to triggering activities
  • 2 functioning water committees were formed
  • 16 action plans related to water and sanitation were developed by working groups
  • 233 people now have access to an improved drinking water source
  • 161 people now have access to improved sanitation facilities
Community Development
  • 12 shared plans were developed by community groups
  • 1742 community members participated in community meetings
  • 3 villages with disaster preparedness plans in place for health and nutrition issues
  • 2 churches and faith-based groups are involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
  • 3 disaster preparedness committees are now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.
  • 3 local communities with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, helping ensure that more girls and boys will be prepared for and protected in a crisis.
  • 9 plans of action on capacity building were implemented
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Sikka

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 Sikka

Only 66% of children in Sikka are enrolled in primary school, and that portion decreases to 21% by secondary school. Students often drop out because their parents do not believe it is important for them to continue schooling once they have learned the basics of reading and writing. Teachers are also not properly trained in effective teaching methods. Many children have to walk along paths that have dangerously rough terrain, or climb over slippery rocks alongside the ocean.

Health Care
Many children in Sikka are malnourished, more because of a lack of essential nutrients in their diets than from a lack of food. A typical family's diet contains many starches but few nutrient-dense foods, such as vegetables. Malaria, dengue fever, and tuberculosis are common illnesses in Sikka. People often have to walk or travel long distances to receive medical care, and there is a shortage of health professionals, such as midwives and doctors. Water and Sanitation Most families obtain water for drinking, cooking, and washing from sources like rainwater, rivers, or tree roots. These sources can easily become contaminated, increasing the risk and spread of waterborne diseases.

Economic Development
About 74% of people in Sikka work as farmers or fishermen. The average annual income per household is $358 per year, which is less than the regional average. Farmers grow coconuts, cocoa, and cashews, but they are limited in their productivity because they own small plots of land, while some own no land at all. There is a lack of available livestock, a long dry season, many pests, and lack of crop diversity. Many women weave and sell traditional fabrics in order to raise extra household income.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Sikka,  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.