Sekadau's Community News

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 expansive community of Sekadau is home to just over 77,000 people"including at least 30,000 children. Most people are native to the area and work in agriculture, farming palm oil and rubber to earn a living and support their families basic needs. Banks are available to improve small business growth, however many farmers limit productivity and success with the use of outdated farming techniques.

Most families in Sekadau live along the edge of a river, commonly contaminated by garbage and waste. The lack of good sanitation practices often leads to children suffering preventable waterborne diseases, such as diarrhea or malaria. Recent flooding in Sekadau also threatens the health and well-being of families, in addition to disrupting farmers growing seasons.
To improve the quality of health care for children and their families, World Vision will work to:
  • Educate families on proper hygiene and sanitation practices to reduce preventable diseases
  • Advocate for and help develop better government policies to sustain a clean, safe environment
  • Investigate and implement solutions to increase the availability of basic health services for remote families
  • Monitor child growth and development, particularly through early childhood care and development programs
To ensure children have a strong start in their education and can grow to become agents of change, we will:
  • Promote the importance of early childhood education and development to parents to improve enrolment
  • Improve early childhood education curriculums to include information about good sanitation, hygiene and nutrition practices
  • Provide training and capacity-building to teachers, tutors and schools to improve the quality of education
  • Promote the importance of continued education and work to increase access to school for children living remotely
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 achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Sekadau

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 Sekadau

In Sekadau, young children consistently struggle to enjoy good health and proper nutrition. Water sources are often uncovered and a primary channel for waste disposal, which often leads to illnesses like diarrhea. Only 40 per cent of the community have access to latrines and only 35 per cent have access to piped clean water. Many families lack the information to understand the benefits of hygienic practices such as regular hand-washing, which also exposes them to disease.

In Indonesia, Posyandu is an integrated service post that provides community-based health care support for families. However, in Sekadau, most of the Posyandu workers do not have the training they need to fully support patients. Additionally, parents lack the education and support to ensure their families are well-nourished. As a result, almost 50 per cent of children are both stunted and underweight for their age. Acute respiratory tract infections are also common.

In parts of Sekadau, the education system is active and thriving, with high passing rates for students in elementary and middle school. However, this is only common in more central areas of the community, which are easy for students and teachers to access. In rural areas, recruiting and retaining trained teachers is a challenge and the ongoing issues with flooding and the resulting road damage can make it impossible for children to get to class.

This is especially true of high schools, which tend only to be available in urban parts of the community. Because of this, students commonly drop out after completing junior high. Many also wish to begin to working to earn an income and support themselves and their families. Early childhood education is also limited and needs improved curriculums and staff.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Sekadau,  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.