Palu'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 Palu community is named after Palu City, the capital city of Central Sulawesi Province. It's located on the mouth of the Palu River, at the head of a long, narrow bay. Unfortunately, the area is prone to disasters, and is affected by earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, strong winds, and drought. There are only two seasons: rainy and dry. Temperatures average 32℃ in the rainy season and 37℃ in the dry.

Community infrastructure, such as roads, telecommunications, and major institutions, is scarce. Unreliable electricity causes frequent blackouts and many homes do not have power. Many families lack access to health care centres, schools, and clean water sources. The major source of income is field labour, where farmers grow crops like corn, cassava, and coconut. The average annual income of a family is $500, which is not sufficient to meet basic needs. There is a need not only more jobs, but for a greater variety of income-generating activities.
Child Protection
  • 10 child-led initiatives put in place to strengthen life skills and the protection of children.
  • 46 children or youth facilitators in the community now have basic knowledge to facilitate children facilitation skills
  • 3 programs were initiated by children's groups
  • 20 children participated in community meetings
  • 322 community members learned about child protection
  • 4 community actions related to child protection issues
  • 132 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 40 activities planned with community partners were carried out, building a safer, more supportive community for children.

Community Development
  • 54 community members participated in community meetings
  • 18 shared plans were developed by community groups
  • 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.
  • 3 disaster preparedness committees are now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.
  • 263 farmers received seeds, livestock, tools or agricultural equipment, helping increase their production, income and support for their children.
  • 17 community members were clients of a microfinance institution, giving them access to low-interest loans and help support their families.
  • 13 community based organisations are now participating in savings activities
  • 67 business owners received production inputs and assets
  • 91 farmers can now successfully utilize seasonal climate and weather forecast
  • 28 trained business owners have increased the variety of their products
  • 15 business owners now have access to new markets
  • 8 functioning business or farmer groups
  • 3 plans of action on capacity building were implemented
  • 4 partners and stakeholders were trained on institutional development, programming and partnering

*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019 in partnership with neighboring communities and in partnership with other World Vision offices.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Engage parents in the educational process, and provide information about the importance of education for their children.
  • Form children's groups to provide students with extra support from their peers, as well as encourage experiential learning, life skills development, and building self-confidence.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Raise awareness at the local and government levels to ensure that mothers and children can access quality health care.
  • Teach mothers about the importance of registering their babies for birth certificates and the steps required in the process.

Community Leadership
In partnership with sponsors, World Vision will work with families in the community to:
  • Build and strengthen communication networks to help reduce disaster-associated risks and protect more lives.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Establish more clean water sources that are closer to families homes. Improve water resource management in the community to ensure sustained clean drinking sources.
  • Educate community members about safe water practices and the importance of hygiene.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Palu can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Build and strengthen new and existing networks for the marketing of local products and services.
  • Provide vocational training to parents who desire to learn a trade.
  • Train parents in basic household financial management. Increase the number and variety of income-generating activities in the community to help families earn a sustainable living.

Explore Palu

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 Palu

There is much room for improvement in children's education in the Palu community. Many students do not pursue education past the elementary level, and indigenous children are particularly vulnerable to dropping out. Some do not attend school at all for various reasons, including a long commute, financial difficulties, and a lack of awareness of its importance. Without a proper education, children do not fully develop essential life skills and their self-confidence suffers.

Health Care
Pregnant mothers and children under the age of five need improved access to health care. Prenatal health measures help ensure that children are given a strong start in life, and their first five years are considered the most critical in terms of their healthy development. Mothers and children in Palu do not currently receive the attention they require.

Many children are not registered for birth certificates, which means that they do not have a legal identity, and are unable to exercise their right to certain services, like health care.

Community Leadership
When natural disasters strike, the wellbeing of children in Palu is put at risk. This community is particularly prone to earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, strong winds, and drought, and lacks the necessary organization and leadership to respond effectively to emergencies.

Water and Sanitation
Many children and families living in the Palu community do not have access to safe, clean water. In addition to this lack of access, there is a low level of awareness about the importance of sanitation and hygiene. As a result, waterborne and communicable diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis, and hepatitis A are comon.

Economic Development
It is hard for many families living in the Palu community to meet their basic needs. The local job market needs to be diversified and better agricultural practices and training are required to produce more profitable yields. There is a general lack of skilled labourers, so vocational training is needed as well.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Palu,  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.