Garba Tulla

Garba Tulla'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 Garba Tulla community borders the renowned Meru National Park, home to elephants, hippos, rhinos, lions, and other wild animals. The district is hot and dry most of the year, with scarce and unreliable rainfall averaging 580 mm per year. Ongoing drought has made daily life a struggle to survive.

Over 95% of families depend on livestock, crop production, and marketing as their sources of income. Raising livestock is embedded into the cultural way of life, and everything revolves around it. However, recurring drought is having a serious impact on livestock and crop production. 74% of the population lives below the poverty line, and this number is increasing. Garba Tulla is one of the neediest communities in the country.
Child Protection
  • 1000 parents and community members learned about child protection issues, creating a safer environment where children can learn and grow.
  • 80 adolescents between ages 10-18 years are now involved in child protection initiatives
  • 2234 children participated in digital learning programs.
  • 20 faith leaders were trained and equipped with practical actions in prevention, care and advocacy in order to promote child well-being.
  • 500 youth actively participated in community decision-making forums.
  • 80 community members actively participated in child protection initiatives.
  • 1 dialogue and lobbying process, and meeting with decision makers was led by World Vision.
  • 88 children were rescued from harmful, abusive, exploitative or discriminatory practices.
  • 300 children were empowered with life skills and peace skills.
  • 7 functional early childhood development management committees were created.
  • 4 primary schools have earned above-average scores in national exams.
  • 20 community members implemented spiritual nurture activities for children.
  • 10 churches and faith-based groups are involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
  • 220 children not in school have received training on vocational skills.
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Educate community members on the importance of education for all, especially girls and women.
  • Equip schools with desks, educational supplies, and improved water sources.
  • Establish community-led bursaries so more students can access secondary and post-secondary education.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Support the establishment of kitchen gardens. Improve access to clean water, proper sanitation, and hygiene education.
  • Improve maternal and child health by teaching the importance of breastfeeding, immunization, and proper nutrition.

To combat the spread and repercussions of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate youth and adults in avoiding HIV infection.
  • Strengthen community-led care for orphans and people living with AIDS.
  • Help safeguard the rights of the most vulnerable.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Garba Tulla can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train and support farmers to use more effective techniques in crop and livestock production.
  • Expand small-scale irrigation and water projects.
  • Help women's groups develop income-generating activities.

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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 Garba Tulla

It's tough for parents in Garba Tulla to embrace the importance of education, especially for their girls. Most classrooms are not equipped with desks, and they often lack water sources. Inadequate equipment and poor access to schools in general have led to widespread absenteeism and high dropout rates. Many children do not go further than primary school because secondary school tuition fees are often beyond the reach of their parents.

Health Care
Only 13% of households have adequate diversity and nutrition in their diets, which leaves pregnant women and children vulnerable to malnutrition. Nearly 20% of children are underweight. Malnourished children are susceptible to diseases spread by poor sanitation and hygiene practices.

Many children orphaned by AIDS-related deaths are unable to fend for themselves, and people living with HIV often can't meet their basic needs. The stigma associated with HIV and the discrimination against people living with AIDS is widespread, while access to anti-retroviral medication is limited.

Economic Development
Ongoing drought is causing livestock and crop productivity to decline. Poor livestock breeds and outdated irrigation techniques make it tough for families to feed themselves and to earn a living. Limited access to markets and a lack of varied economic opportunities perpetuate the cycle of poverty, leaving more and more families reliant on relief supplies.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Garba Tulla,  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.