Akkar'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 Akkar community is located in a coastal zone in northern Lebanon and borders Syria in the north and the Mediterranean Sea in the west. It's a rural area where more than 80% of the population farms for a living. Of this 80%, the majority rent the agricultural land that they cultivate, which means that only 20% own their own land.

One of the main challenges to production is that the soil in this area is polluted. With no access to safe drinking water, most families dig their own wells. In the process, however, they often deplete underground aquifers, which are already polluted from the sewage running from other areas. Not surprisingly, the overall health of children and families in Akkar is poor. Children often drop out of school at an early age and help with farm responsibilities instead.
Child Protection
  • 150 parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
  • 2 formal agreements were signed between community stakeholders, creating partnerships that will improve the well-being of more boys and girls.
  • 3 joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 28 planning activities were carried out with community partners, co-ordinating the work of local groups and organisations to focus on helping children.
  • 10 potential community partners were identified, laying the foundation for future partnerships that will improve the lives of children.
  • 2 children or youth groups were established to advocate for ending violence against girls and boys
  • 1 faith-based group, church or mosque partnered with World Vision to address child protection issues.
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:
  • Provide schools with equipment and playgrounds to encourage school attendance.
  • Improve the quality of teaching in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
  • Organize life-skills programs in schools to help children gain confidence and leadership skills.
  • Organize opportunities for parent councils, student committees, and school directors to work together to improve the quality of education.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Increase families access to health care services.
  • Mobilize parent action groups that will provide training on proper nutrition practices for their children.
  • Teach community members how to lobby for better health care services.
  • Train families in improved maternal and child health practices. Increase the number of schools that have at least one active health supervisor.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Akkar can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Provide farmers with improved tools and training to boost their agriculture production.
  • Assist in the establishment of farmers cooperatives.
  • Help farmers earn a better profit through access to larger markets.

Explore Akkar

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 Akkar

General literacy rates in Akkar are currently very low, in particular among elementary school students. Many Grade 7 and 8 students cannot read or write, and most drop out of school instead of continuing on to secondary education. Parents are not able to financially support their children's education or help them succeed in school, due to their own illiteracy and lack of awareness about the importance of education. There are a limited number of schools in the area, and those that do exist have small classrooms, often lacking desks and chairs. There are few extracurricular activities available, and sometimes schools lack safe drinking water.

Health Care
The Akkar community has one of the highest mortality rates among children under five in Lebanon. Pregnant women and mothers do not have regular access to pre- and postnatal care services, and children are rarely immunized. Access to affordable and effective health care is one of the biggest problems here.

Water and Sanitation
People living in the Akkar community suffer from poor health due to polluted water resources. The use of pesticides, which pollute soil and crops, is common, and livestock are often not housed properly, further contaminating available water. With no solid waste collection system in place, it is difficult to maintain standards of hygiene and sanitation. Waterborne diseases like typhoid, Hepatitis A, and dysentery are becoming more common, especially among children.

Economic Development
Many parents living in the Akkar community cannot meet their families basic needs. Although many are involved in agriculture to earn a living, outdated practices and a lack of tools result in poor crop production. A farmers cooperative is needed, as most families can't access larger markets to sell their crops and miss out on opportunities to earn a greater profit.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Akkar,  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.