East Manggarai

East Manggarai'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 fledgling community of East Manggarai formally came about in 2007 as part of the Greater Manggarai District. It is home to more than 260,000 people, 63% of who rely on agriculture for income. As a younger area, the community is focused on developing government offices and infrastructure. The need to expand social services and the economy are largely overlooked, leaving parents with few alternative ways to provide for their families.

The community is also considered disaster prone, with threats of landslides, typhoons, tsunamis and even earthquakes. A nearby volcano is still active and poses a volatile threat. In East Manggarai, all decisions made regarding the community are reached through consensus. This is also true of decision-making at the village level. Strong community leaders are critical to these discussions as their influence can sway the outcomes.
Child Protection
  • 4 community groups and individuals worked together on advocacy efforts, encouraging the government to address child protection and safety issues.
  • 14 child-led initiatives put in place to strengthen life skills and the protection of children.
  • 20 children participated in community meetings
  • 7 children or youth facilitators in the community now have basic knowledge to facilitate children facilitation skills
  • 2 community actions related to child protection issues
  • 153 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 58 parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 48 teachers attended training on child safety, equality, good discipline or classroom management, helping them provide a safer space for children to learn.
  • 9 books written in the local language were given to schools, providing students with reading materials that are age-appropriate and in their own language.
  • 75 parents of Grades 1 to 3 students were trained on the value of learning to read and quality education, showing them why children should go to school.
  • 6 reading clubs meet minimum standards, helping children to read and develop good reading habits.
  • 25 teachers learned new ways to teach literacy skills, improving how they educate girls and boys on reading and writing.
  • 2 schools implemented character education, promoting good citizenship
  • 1 disaster preparedness committee is now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.
  • 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.
  • 6 partners and stakeholders were trained on institutional development, programming and partnering
  • 4 plans of action on capacity building were implemented
Community Development
  • 4 shared plans were developed by community groups
  • 45 community members participated in community meetings
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019 in partnership with other World Vision offices.
To ensure children can access a quality education, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Increase the number of students who can read, write and demonstrate numeracy skills by the third grade
  • Train teachers to develop better quality lesson plans and engaging activities
  • Create children's groups for students to socialize and gain valuable life skills Improve the number of students who continue on from primary school into secondary school

Economic Development
To help parents better take care of their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Increase the number of households that are financially literate and can manage their income
  • Provide parents training and skills to better identify alternative sources of income Improve the number of households that can provide nutritious food through home gardens and crops

Child Protection
To keep children safe and cared for, World Vision will help to:
  • Facilitate action plans for local partners to improve infrastructure including health care and education
  • Increase the percentage of children whose well-being is monitored and followed-up on regularly
  • Grow the number of youth who feel they have a strong, safe connection with a parent or caregiver
  • Ensure more child protection policies are implemented and reinforced by local village government

Explore East Manggarai

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 East Manggarai

Improving access to quality education in East Manggarai is a chief concern. Teachers have limited training and often feel underequipped to create an active, engaging and effective learning environment. There are few resources available to help students develop life skills and values that will serve them well later on.

Children struggle to succeed in school. For those enrolled, there can be little encouragement from home to prioritize their studies. Often, students end up distracted and disinterested in class. For those who are motivated, poverty can limit their opportunities for higher education. Advanced institutions are often in the city, forcing students to either travel far distances or move and absorb the higher cost of living.

Economic Development
Many parents in the community struggle to earn a living and support their children with life's necessities. Often a result of their own limited opportunities to learn, many do not have a strong understanding of managing household finances and budgeting for their future.

In the community, women alone are expected to take care of their families, but are not empowered to determine how and when money should be spent. Without access to funds, mothers can't buy medicine or ingredients to prepare nutritious meals. In contrast, men are free to spend income however they choose.

Child Protection
The protection of children and children's rights in East Manggarai is a vital area that needs attention. Physical punishment as a form of discipline is common and accepted in several places, from home to school. Many parents were raised similarly and have little information available to them on other effective parenting strategies.

Without knowing child rights, some parents also permit their children to leave school in favour of work. Limited economic opportunities and restricted income also increases children's vulnerability to child labour and even malnourishment. Employment opportunities must be addressed to ensure parents can properly care for and protect their children's well-being.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

East Manggarai,  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.