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

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.