Dionkala'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

Families in Dionkala are usually made up of seven to 10 people, cooking, eating and living together. A household consists of brothers with their wives and children. The head of the family is the elder brother and children are raised by the extended family, including aunts, uncles and grandparents.

The people of Dionkala are mainly farmers, relying on rainfall to water their crops of maize, millet and rice. Because of frequent droughts, many have turned to producing and selling cotton, which means there is less food being grown for families. The most vulnerable experience food shortages for five months of the year. In addition, women's knowledge or proper nutrition is limited. As a result, many children under five are malnourished.
  • 40 key influencers working with the Citizen Voice and Action working group to collectively address local and higher levels of government
  • 2  meetings with national leaders about protecting children were led by World Vision, increasing awareness about child safety and protection issues.
Child Protection
  • 30  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.
  • 3  joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 163  caregivers with underweight children attended nutrition training, learning how to provide healthy meals that support children's growth.
*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
Water and Sanitation
To improve the community's access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, World Vision will:
  • Drill and equip new wells and rehabilitate ones that have been damaged and are no longer functional
  • Train community leaders and water and sanitation committees on the care and maintenance of pumps
  • Educate community members on the importance of proper sanitation and hygiene practices such as hand washing

Health Care
To help families care for their children so they enjoy good nutrition and health, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train health workers and caregivers on malaria prevention, and how to manage diarrhea and other common illnesses
  • Teach parents about the importance of immunizations and support a community vaccine program
  • Reduce malnutrition among children under five by training mothers to prepare healthy meals from locally-sourced food
  • Encourage the growth of vegetables at home to help diversify children's diets

To ensure girls and boys receive access to quality education, World Vision will work to:
  • Promote the importance of education"especially for girls"among parents, children, government leaders and school management committees
  • Provide primary school teachers improved techniques to help them engage students in the classroom
  • Form educational organizations by convening community members, municipal leaders and parents

Explore Dionkala

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 Dionkala

Water and Sanitation
Most households can't access clean, safe water, and there is little awareness of proper sanitation and hygiene practices. As a result, children suffer from waterborne diseases such as diarrhea. Malaria, which is closely linked to poor sanitation and hygiene, is another major cause of ill health for children under five and pregnant women. Parents lack information on prevention and the use of treated bed nets is low.

Health Care
Many children in the community are not fully immunized. Parents need more information to understand what vaccines are available to their children as well as their benefits. There are few community health centres in Dionkala and existing health posts still need basic medicines and supplies. Some women in labour have died because the nearest health centre was too far away.

The few schools in Dionkala lack equipment, books and teaching materials. Teachers need opportunities for better training to increase regular attendance"especially for girls. More than a third of students drop out because education is not prioritized as important within their homes. Children are often required to stay at home to help with chores or to work in the fields. Early marriage for girls is a common practice that limits their schooling and opportunities.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Dionkala,  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.