Konseguela's Community News

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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 community of Konseguela is made up of 18 villages with a total population of over 34,000. Most families depend on farming crops including corn, sorghum and millet for a living. However, irregular rainfall and poor soil quality often results in small harvests. Because of a shortage of food and a lack of clean water and good hygiene in the community, many children suffer from malnutrition and preventable waterborne diseases such as diarrhea.

The few schools in the community are poorly equipped and education is often not prioritized for children, especially girls. Children's voices are rarely heard, even when it comes to decisions that will affect them and there is little understanding of child rights and protection.
  • 2  meetings with national leaders about protecting children were led by World Vision, increasing awareness about child safety and protection issues.
  • 35 key influencers working with the Citizen Voice and Action working group to collectively address local and higher levels of government
Child Protection
  • 20  children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 19  parents attended training to learn how to discipline their children without physical violence, so more girls and boys are safer from abuse.
  • 11  joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 10  local groups are raising awareness about nutrition, improving the community's understanding of how to keep children well-nourished and healthy.
  • 3 churches and faith-based organizations participated in programming
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Health Care
To help families care for their children so they can enjoy good nutrition and health, World Vision will work with community partners to:
  • Teach mothers about exclusive breastfeeding and how to prepare nutritious meals from local foods
  • Raise awareness about the causes, prevention and symptoms of malaria, diarrhea and other common illnesses and when to seek professional care
  • Rehabilitate boreholes to ensure clean water and educate the community about safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Support vaccination campaigns and help educate parents on the importance of immunization

To help improve the quality of children's basic education in Konseguela, World Vision will:
  • Partner with the municipality and Ministry of Education to construct and equip classrooms and establish literacy centres for informal education for women and out of school youth
  • Train teachers and equip them with resources to improve students reading and writing skills
  • Establish school management committees and build awareness among parents of the importance of children's education, especially for girls, and the consequences of early marriage

Child Protection
To build a violence-free and prosperous community, that cares for the well-being of children, World Vision will help to:
  • Conduct awareness campaigns and workshops about the rights of the child and the risks to their well-being
  • Establish children's governments in schools to provide a forum for children to participate and advocate for their rights
  • Set up child protection committees to address cases of abuse and other violations of children's rights

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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 Konseguela

Health Care
Many children under the age five in Konseguela are malnourished, which can have serious, lifelong consequences such as poor brain development. One third of children under age five suffer from malaria and only 35 per cent of infants have all of their vaccinations. Because of the lack of safe drinking water and healthy hygiene practices, diarrhea and other waterborne diseases are common among children.

Many parents lack the information to recognize signs of malnutrition and other common illnesses and will often resort to traditional remedies. Konseguela's lone health center is ill-equipped to serve the needs of more than 34,000 people and families need support to learn to prepare nutritious meals using local ingredients. The importance of hand-washing and use of latrines also need promotion.

Schools in Konseguela have become rundown and need desks, chairs and textbooks. Teachers need opportunities to receive up-to-date training, especially in light of the fact that classrooms are often overcrowded with 90 to 100 students per teacher. A single book is shared between two or three students.

These challenges often limit students from learning to read, write and count at the normal grade level. As a result, many children drop out before finishing primary school. Because parents don't always place priority on their children's education and early marriage is a common practice, many girls do not have a fair chance to earn an education.

Child Protection
Children in Konseguela lack opportunities to learn about their rights and therefore have little to no say in matters, even those that affect their lives. Deeply rooted cultural traditions limit children's voices and opportunities to express themselves. Because child rights aren't heavily promoted, children are at risk of being exploited and abused.

Youth in the community need spaces to play and gather where they can feel safe. Education on child rights and systems to address the violation of these rights must be better established to keep children and youth safe.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Konseguela,  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.