South Bengkulu

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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South Bengkulu'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 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.
  • 500 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 5 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 120 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 100 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 49 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 34 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens    
  • 1 community garden is in place to provide nutritious food for children and their families
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.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

South Bengkulu,  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.