Jigiya'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 Jigiya community is located 200 km from Bamako, the capital city of Mali. The area is predominantly agricultural. A hot dry wind called the harmatan blows throughout the area, and temperatures reach 40-45°C in March and April. The average rainfall is 650 to 850mm per year, which usually falls from May to September.

Many families live in simple homes made from mud, with thatched roofs. Most are farmers, growing sorghum, maize, peanuts, and rice, and raising livestock. Farming is not very profitable, however, and the majority of families are poor. Many do not have enough food throughout the year, running out of food supplies about five months after harvest. Years of drought and deforestation have eroded the soil and damaged its fertility.
Child Protection
  • 10 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 2 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 5 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 100 children are participating in clubs to develop new skills, have fun and build friendships
  • 2 clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 150 parents learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 2,812 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 3 health facilities were improved with renovations to better care for children and families
  • 37 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 38 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 4 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 86 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 30 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 5 committees are promoting sanitary behaviours and managing water supply systems to ensure long term access to clean water
  • 6 new water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases

Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Construct and rehabilitate classrooms.
  • Train additional teachers and school management committees.​

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve local access to health care in partnership with the health department.
  • Educate parents on the importance of taking their children to health centres when sick.
  • Train community members of all ages, in partnership with churches, on preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS.
  • Train community members, in partnership with government agricultural workers, on improved techniques to grow more nutritious food.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Install new water sources and repair non-functioning wells.
  • Train committees to maintain water sources.
  • Support families to construct latrines and sanitation facilities, and to implement hand-washing hygiene practices.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Jigiya can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Support community members to start income-generating activities.
  • Provide access to small business and farming loans.

Explore Jigiya

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 Jigiya

There are not enough classrooms in Jigiya's schools, and many of the existing school buildings are in poor condition. These schools are short on qualified teachers. School enrolment is low, largely because parents lack the necessary income to support their children's educational expenses.

Health Care
There are not enough qualified health workers to meet the needs of the population in Jigiya, and health centres are chronically short of drugs and medical equipment. Children suffer from various illnesses, including malaria, diarrhea, tetanus, respiratory problems, and worms. Often, sick people and pregnant mothers don't go to one of the few health centres for treatment. This is because they simply cannot afford the cost for transportation to a health centre. As a result, the area has some of the lowest health levels in the nation.

Water and Sanitation
Water is in extremely short supply. Families don't have enough clean water sources, and some wells are dry four to five months each year. Other water sources are in disrepair. Therefore, people drink whatever water they can find, and it's often contaminated. Livestock also go thirsty during the dry season when ponds and rivers dry up.

It's difficult to practice good hygiene when there is no clean water for washing. This results in health complications. A lack of sanitary facilities like proper latrines also contributes to the spread of disease. Children are affected the most.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Jigiya, Mali 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.