Sintang's Community News

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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 community of Sintang is home to 77,263 people, including 30,171 children. Located in the eastern part of West Kalimantan province of Indonesia, Sintang is earthquake-free, but often suffers heavy rains throughout the year. Over the last four years, the community has suffered flooding. In 2012, Sintang experienced its biggest flood in 17 years, where 15 of 26 villages were devastated by waters reaching over two to three metres in height.

Known as a disadvantaged district, Sintang is home to many isolated sub districts and villages. Most of the population are either from the Dayak or Malay ethnic group. The Dayak group specifically has traditional roots and many of these families exemplify patriarchy with all decision-making power left to the males. This leaves women and girls at a significant disadvantage, as they are valued differently from men and boys.
Child Protection
  • 2 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 256 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 36 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 42 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 736 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 12 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 158 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 29 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 6 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 729 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 90 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1,362 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 2,335 community members are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 3 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 4 committees are promoting sanitary behaviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water
  • 464 new latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 491 children are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation

Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018; Results achieved in partnership with neighboring communities; Results achieved in partnership with other World Vision offices
To improve early childhood care and development in Sintang, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Promote the importance of early childhood care and development to parents, community members and the government
  • Strengthen the capacities of community members to advocate for better public service delivery of early childhood care and development services for children under 5
  • Improve access to quality early childhood care and, development programs
  • Equip staff with training and resources to effectively support children in early stages of their development and growth
  • Support government and communities to develop policies promoting under 5 growth and development

Water and Sanitation
To improve the quality of water and better sanitation practices of children and their families, we will work to:
  • Promote good water conservation and environmental sanitation practices to all villages in the district
  • Establish water and sanitation working groups and ensure they are fully functional
  • Increase the use of latrines and hand washing with soap by community members including children
  • Improve access to clean water and create village water management committees to maintain it

Child Protection
To ensure children's rights are preserved and advanced, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Create community-based protection systems that will ensure children have access to safe support
  • Sensitize parents, community leaders and youth on children's rights
  • Create joint action plans with stakeholders including parents, community leaders and religious figures

Explore Sintang

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 Sintang

In Sintang, early childhood education and development is in need of improvement. In general, many parents don't have the information needed to prioritize education for their youngest children. There is little information available on the topic and parents are often too busy with work and household responsibilities to seek out the information independently.

Existing early childhood programs need more trained teachers and human resources. They also need better government support to develop and monitor programs and policies for children under the age of 5. In parts of the community, there isn't enough space to establish or host proper preschool facilities and where they do exist communities do not actively participate.

Water and Sanitation
The state of water and sanitation in the community is extremely poor. A survey of about 28,600 households revealed that only 44 per cent of families have access to a latrine. The rest are forced to practice open defecation, polluting crucial areas like rivers. Most families lack the information to know how unsanitary practices can threaten their health. There are few health promoters in the community and little funding to share key information.

Clean water is also in short supply. Roughly 24 per cent of approximately 23, 400 HH use unprotected water sources for their daily needs, which can result in sicknesses such as diarrhea. There are not enough water sources in the community and in general, families don't have enough information on groundwater sources or surface water neutralization. Unhygienic practices contaminate key water sources like the river.

Child Protection
Little awareness on child rights can result in practices such as child labour, early marriage and abuse. Families identifying as Dayak practice many deeply-rooted traditions that prioritize males and empower them to make all key family decisions. Women and girls are often viewed as less than their male counterparts and have little control of their future.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Sintang,  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.