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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 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are available to improve small business growth, however many farmers limit productivity and success with the use of outdated farming techniques.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
  • 614 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 3 child-led initiatives put in place to strengthen life skills and the protection of children.
  • 26 children participated in community meetings
  • 16 children or youth facilitators in the community now have basic knowledge to facilitate children facilitation skills
  • 32 programs were initiated by children's groups
  • 8 community actions related to child protection issues
  • 83 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 261 preschool-aged girls and boys are enrolled in early education, so they can be better prepared to enter primary school.
  • 8 age appropriate learning materials are now available for each child in the early child development centres
  • 67 parents and caregivers have improved knowledge of parenting skills on child development
  • 10 action plans for education were presented to local governments, giving communities more opportunity to improve formal schooling for children.
Health and Nutrition
  • 464 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
  • 39 households with children under five years old were able to provide food through home-based food production
  • 46 children were referred for specialized treatment
  • 10 community-led monitoring and dialogue or lobbying processes and meetings on health issues were conducted by communities
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 446 people now have access to improved sanitation facilities
  • 139 households were registered to community water service
  • 1 action plan related to water and sanitation was developed by working group
  • 3 functioning water committees were formed
  • 12 community groups committed to change their sanitation behavior in response to triggering activities
  • 11 trained community health volunteers facilitating community based total sanitation in the community
  • 136 appropriate sanitation technology and systems were developed
  • 428 households received hygiene training and now have hand-washing facilities with soap, enabling families to improve hygiene at home and reduce diseases.
Community Development
  • 56 community members participated in community meetings
  • 4 shared plans were developed by community groups
  • 1 church or faith-based group is involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
  • 21 partners and stakeholders were trained on institutional development, programming and partnering
  • 2 plans of action on capacity building were implemented
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019 in partnership with other World Vision offices.

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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.