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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 Melawi is home to 54,516 people, including 17,322 children. Although the land is rich with natural resources, many of them are poorly managed. Outdated farming practices can lead to disasters including forest fires and landslides. Flooding, land disputes and restricted access to business networks all keep farmers from maximizing their earning potential.

Traditional customs guide the daily life of families and communities, suggesting that decisions should be made through consensus. They can also perpetuate dated practices that can be limiting or even harmful to children and youth. For example, the belief that the best source of water comes from the river leaves many sick, as the river is often contaminated and unsafe. This leads children to suffer unnecessarily from sicknesses like diarrhea, stomach flu and skin rashes.
Child Protection
  • 405 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 68 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 10 children or youth facilitators in the community now have basic knowledge to facilitate children facilitation skills
  • 7 children participated in community meetings
  • 8 child-led initiatives put in place to strengthen life skills and the protection of children.
  • 2 community actions related to child protection issues
  • 54 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 16 action plans for education were presented to local governments, giving communities more opportunity to improve formal schooling for children.
  • 91 parents and caregivers have improved knowledge of parenting skills on child development
  • 3 age appropriate learning materials are now available for each child in the early child development centres
  • 156 preschool-aged girls and boys are enrolled in early education, so they can be better prepared to enter primary school.
Health and Nutrition
  • 16 community-led monitoring and dialogue or lobbying processes and meetings on health issues were conducted by communities
  • 12 households with children under five years old were able to provide food through home-based food production
  • 691 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 2 water and sanitation committees received training, learning how to maintain the village water source and provide cleaner water for children.
  • 461 households received hygiene training and now have hand-washing facilities with soap, enabling families to improve hygiene at home and reduce diseases.
  • 70 appropriate sanitation technology and systems were developed
  • 31 community health volunteers have completed facilitator training on community-based sanitation
  • 22 community groups committed to change their sanitation behavior in response to triggering activities
  • 5 functioning water committees were formed
  • 140 households were registered to community water service
  • 19 action plans related to water and sanitation were developed by working groups
  • 453 people now have access to an improved drinking water source
  • 471 people now have access to improved sanitation facilities
  • 2 churches and faith-based groups are involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
  • 1 local community with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, helping ensure that more girls and boys will be prepared for and protected in a crisis.
  • 1 disaster preparedness committee is now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.

*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019 in partnership with neighboring communities and in partnership with other World Vision offices.
Water and Sanitation
To improve access to clean water and help families practice good hygiene, World Vision will work to:
  • Increase usage of latrines by sensitizing families to good sanitation and hygiene practices Improve village water management systems and the availability of clean water in the community
  • Promote the importance of water and environmental sanitation to all villages within the community

Child Protection
To ensure children's rights are preserved and advanced, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Sensitize parents to the importance of child rights issues like birth registration and help them to act
  • Lobby the government for better birth registration policies and improve the quality of public services
  • Increase the capacity of government officials and cooperation among stakeholders to promote the importance of birth registration
  • Create joint action plan with stakeholders including parents, community leaders and religious figures Improve children's ability to protect themselves and their peers and participate in decision making forums through children's groups

To improve education and development in Melawi, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Improve access to quality education for all children
  • Provide additional training and resources to teachers to improve their effectiveness in the classroom
  • Equip schools with the necessary resources and equipment to help students learn

Explore Melawi

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 Melawi

Water and Sanitation
In Melawi, children and their families don't have proper latrines close to home. This forces them into the outdoors, where their waste contaminates the environment. Many have limited information on the dangers of this practice and continue to put themselves and others at risk. There are no safe water sources available in the village. Rivers are polluted by waste from illegal mining, but are the only place families can wash and bathe.

For drinking purposes, families must make the hour-long journey to another village to buy clean water. The development of palm-oil plantations has reduced the availability of ground water and there are no safe water management systems at the village level. Understanding of good hygiene and sanitation practices is limited.

Child Protection
In Melawi, obtaining a birth certificate is an ongoing challenge for children and their parents. Many parents don't have the information to know why birth certificates are vital to protecting their children's rights and freedoms. Some presume they are costly or don't know how to go about getting one. Many parents themselves do not have the documentation needed to register children, including a marriage certificate"which many lack due to their early marriages or marriage under traditional law.

One challenge in villages is that there are no local offices to process certificates. Families must travel far distances at great expense just to obtain them. The government has not proactively tried to address this issue, citing lack of human resources and limited staff as causes.

In Melawi, education and early childhood 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.

Often, students struggle with both literacy and numeracy skills. Schools require better resources and teachers need additional training to improve the learning environment.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Melawi,  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.