South Bengkulu

South Bengkulu'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 community of South Bengkulu is home to more than 142,000 people, almost a quarter of who live below the poverty line. Much of the land once used for farming now belongs to large companies for oil palm plantations. As a result, families struggle to provide nutritious food for their children, resorting to costly markets or traveling vendors.

Many children drop out of school to help their parents work on the oil plantations. Some youth get involved in fights, motorcycle racing and drug abuse, which are key concerns for parents and community leaders.
Child Protection and Participation
  • 4 local residents participated in community meetings, providing opportunities to engage in planning and decision-making
  • 10 activities initiated and led by children , provided opportunities for young people to develop resilience, strong character and leadership
  • 12 parents in our programme now better understand the harmful impacts of physical discipline, helping to protect boys and girls from abuse
  • 15 children have participated in community meetings, speaking up about their experiences and hopes for the future
  • 85 adults learned about child protection and how to report abuse, strengthening families to care for and protect children

  • 2 community recommendations to improve schools were shared with local leaders, to help kids get a better education
  • 7 age appropriate learning materials are now available for each child in the early child development centres
  • 10 programs were initiated by children's groups, providing opportunities for young people to practice leadership skills and community engagement
  • 14 volunteer leaders have basic knowledge in child protection, participation and facilitating activities, equipping them to lead children in safe and meaningful ways
  • 31 parents and caregivers have improved their parenting skills and understanding of child development, equipping them to raise their children with healthy approaches
  • 74 kids aged 3–6 go to preschool, helping to lay the foundation for them to succeed at school

  • 3 meetings were led by the community to monitor local health services and lobby for improvements, helping to improve the quality of care for kids and their families
  • 33 community health workers, volunteers, home visitors and peer educators have been trained in community case management, enabling them to assess, classify and manage illnesses in the community
  • 69 caregivers with children under two have a better understanding of what to feed infants and young children , after going through nutrition training
  • 80 pregnant women and new mothers took part in health and nutrition training, so mums are better prepared to help their babies grow healthy and strong
  • 96 girls and boys had their height and weight checked, helping to identify malnourished kids so they can get the treatment they need

  • 6 villages have disaster preparedness plans in place that include food, water and shelter, providing strategies to ensure people's physical wellbeing is prioritized in the midst of an emergency
  • 6 committees are actively helping families to prevent and cope with disasters, helping kids to stay safe and families to recover more quickly if they happen
  • 6 neighbourhoods have an updated disaster plan, which maps local threats and how to best save people's lives and property in a crisis
  • 62 households with children under five can feed their families with food grown at home, thanks to backyard gardens and animal husbandry

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene​
  • 2 water and sanitation action plans were developed by working groups, putting concrete steps in place to improve the community's access to water and sanitation
  • 3 water and sanitation action plans were developed by working groups, putting concrete steps in place to improve the community's access to water and sanitation
  • 25 people now have access to better sanitation facilities, improving the health and hygiene of their community
  • 50 sanitation systems were developed by community members, improving local health and hygiene using contextually-appropriate technology
  • 74 families went to our hygiene training and now have a handwashing station with soap at home, helping to keep kids safer from disease
  • 216 people now have access to an improved source of drinking water, decreasing the spread of water-borne diseases
  • 584 households are registered for community water service, ensuring they have a safe, reliable source of water

Community Governance & Ownership​
  • 2 actions were undertaken related to child protection issues, ensuring children's safety is upheld in the community
  • 6 community groups regularly meet to review and act on issues children face, helping to ensure kids are safe, cared for, and protected from abuse
  • 6 action plans for capacity building were implemented, strengthening the skills and accountability of local partners who are working for the community’s benefit
  • 21 activities planned with local partners took place, empowering the community to care for and protect children
  • 22 plans for development were created in collaboration with community groups, ensuring local residents have ownership over the community's goals and strategies
  • 26 local organizations and stakeholders received training in institutional development, programming and partnering, strengthening their management abilities to make them stronger in the long term

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in South Bengkulu, from October 2019 to September 2020
Child Protection
  • 13 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 55 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 44 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 14 children participated in community meetings
  • 5 children or youth facilitators in the community now have basic knowledge to facilitate children facilitation skills
  • 4 programs were initiated by children's groups
  • 6 child-led initiatives put in place to strengthen life skills and the protection of children.
  • 2 community actions related to child protection issues
  • 69 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 20 parents and caregivers have improved knowledge of parenting skills on child development
  • 5 age appropriate learning materials are now available for each child in the early child development centres
  • 253 preschool-aged girls and boys are enrolled in early education, so they can be better prepared to enter primary school.
Health and Nutrition
  • 4 community-led monitoring and dialogue or lobbying processes and meetings on health issues were conducted by communities
  • 965 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
  • 12 households with children under five years old were able to provide food through home-based food production
  • 20 children were referred for specialized treatment
  • 2 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.
  • 2 disaster preparedness committees are now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 4 water and sanitation committees received training, learning how to maintain the village water source and provide cleaner water for children.
  • 47 households received hygiene training and now have hand-washing facilities with soap, enabling families to improve hygiene at home and reduce diseases.
  • 47 appropriate sanitation technology and systems were developed
  • 67 people now have access to an improved drinking water source
  • 27 people now have access to improved sanitation facilities
  • 1 functioning water committee was formed
  • 67 households were registered to community water service
  • 8 action plans related to water and sanitation were developed by working groups
  • 7 action plans related to water and sanitation were implemented by working groups
  • 7 community groups committed to change their sanitation behavior in response to triggering activities
  • 48 community health volunteers have completed facilitator training on community-based sanitation
  • 13 trained community health volunteers facilitating community based total sanitation in the community
Community Development
  • 9 shared plans were developed by community groups
  • 48 community members participated in community meetings
  • 1 village with disaster preparedness plan in place for health and nutrition issues
  • 13 churches and faith-based groups are involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
  • 6 plans of action on capacity building were implemented
  • 10 partners and stakeholders were trained on institutional development, programming and partnering
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Health Care
To help improve the health and nutrition of children under age five, World Vision will work to:
  • Help parents provide their own food through family gardens and small animal raising
  • Educate mothers on appropriate newborn and young child care and feeding practices
  • Increase caregivers knowledge about monitoring children's growth and early detection of malnutrition
  • Train community health workers and volunteers on health messaging and practices for young children

Water and Sanitation
To improve families access to clean water and encourage good sanitation and hygiene, World Vision will:
  • Organize a community water committee and children's forum to promote hygiene, sanitation and access to safe water
  • Work with local government to share resources to develop a community water facility
  • Educate families about safe water treatment for drinking water
  • Promote proper sanitation and hygiene practices such as latrine use and hand washing with soap

To ensure children receive good quality education in a child-friendly environment, World Vision will work with partners to:
  • Educate parents on the importance of actively supporting their children's education
  • Support parents to build effective parenting skills and understand children's development needs
  • Establish school committees to involve the community in improving the quality of education
  • Equip teachers with creative schooling techniques to engage children and improve learning

Explore South Bengkulu

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 South Bengkulu

Care Many children under age five are malnourished because mothers have limited information on the importance of breastfeeding and proper nutrition. Women also have a low awareness of how to take of themselves while pregnant to ensure their babies develop properly.

Without access to clean water, children often suffer from diarrhea. Only about a quarter of families know of the local health clinic, meaning many do not receive any health care services. Community health volunteers need better training and resources to help families keep their children healthy.

Water and Sanitation Just
over half of families in South Bengkulu can access safe water and proper sanitation. Because the numerous oil palm plantations use plenty of water, many water sources have run dry.

There is low awareness in the community about the importance of latrines and many are forced to practice open defecation, pollution the land and the river. As a result, people frequently endure diarrhea, skin diseases and other infections.

Although there are schools and teachers in South Bengkulu , they lack necessities like books, desks and chairs. Only 25% of teachers have a government-issued teaching certificate. These conditions make it difficult for teachers to plan engaging lessons that will motivate students to participate in class.

Some parents in the community don't prioritize education or encourage their children's studies. Because children struggle throughout early grades, many don't continue on to secondary school. For those who want to attend, the nearest school is far away and there is no public transportation to get there. Many families can't afford school fees or uniforms.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

South Bengkulu,  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.