Duwa's Community News

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 Duwa community is located about 400 kilometres from Bamako, the capital city. It is a six to seven hour drive from the border of Burkina Faso. The area is dry and dusty, flat in some areas, with mountains and hills as well. People live in simple mud homes with thatched roofs.

People in the community rely heavily on rain-watered farming for food, both to consume and to sell. Changes in rainfall patterns however, have led to low crop yields and have forced people to look for other sources of income. Some migrate to bigger towns to find jobs, while others sell items found the forest. Unfortunately, this has led to large number of people leaving the community, as well as a rapid rate of deforestation. There are a number of seasonal streams in Duwa that provide much needed water for gardening and household use. After the rains are over however, these streams dry up. This lack of water, along with periods of drought, makes it very challenging to grow food.
Child Protection
  • 12 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 17 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 2 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 3 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 121 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 266 parents learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 440 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 440 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 497 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 92 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 106 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 5 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1,683 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
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:
  • Improve children's access to school by teaching parents, children and community leaders about the importance of education.
  • Train teachers in improved instructional methods to help make school a fun place where children enjoy learning.
  • Train community leaders and school organization members in improving the quality of education children receive.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Empower health workers and volunteers, as well as teachers, with the skills and knowledge to sensitize community members and children on preventing and managing malaria and malnutrition.
  • Support vaccination campaigns for children by empowering health volunteers to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination.

With the support of Canadian sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Reduce the rate of malnutrition among children.
  • Train mother support groups on better child feeding practices.
  • Raise the awareness of community leaders and fathers on the importance of good nutrition.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Lobby government officials to increase HIV prevention services in the community.
  • Promote prevention and care messages through children's clubs and World AIDS day activities.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Teach caregivers and children good sanitation and hygiene practices to help avoid illnesses, such as diarrhea.