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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we're looking forward to creating lasting impact on the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we will focus on in the years ahead:

The population of Zanfigue numbers approximately 16,500 persons from several ethnic groups and are predominantly Muslim. A wet region, Zanfigue is characterized by three distinct seasons—rainy, dry and hot. Flooding is a recurring problem for the community, and negatively impacts agricultural activities and travel. Also as a result, a number of communities are inaccessible during rainy season.
The main sources of economic activity include farming, such as millet and sorghum, fishing, cattle breeding and vegetable gardening.

Government is relatively decentralized with responsibility for primary education, community health centres and water distribution delegated to local communities.

Zanfigue’s various communities generally get on well with each other with little conflict reported. Although local policymakers are supportive of child protection, children and women are typically not given the opportunity to talk about their challenges and demand their rights.
To support access to, and improvement of, education, World Vision will:
  • Support the town hall in the procurement of birth certificate registers and in monitoring birth certificate issuances.
  • Work with key local organizations currently engaged in efforts to return children to school.
  • Use the “Unlock Literacy” program to boost reading.
To ensure children and their communities stay healthy, World Vision will:
  • Provide financial and technical assistance to support vaccination, build staff capacity and acquire supplies.
  • Support WASH activities such as sensitization training for handwashing and the introduction of a mechanized water system.
  • Introduce projects designed to meet child nutrition objectives.
Child Protection
To give children an opportunity to make decisions about their future, World Vision will:
  • Help set up kids’ clubs where girls and boys can participate in various activities.
  • Work with existing local organizations and influential actors to re-energize child protection mechanisms.
  • Train community leaders, local officials and monitors to increase awareness of child safeguarding standards.

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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 Zanfigue

Zanfigue faces several challenges across issues ranging from health and nutrition, to food security and education. But of notable concern is child protection with gender-based violence being an issue both in schools and elsewhere in the community. Forced marriage, child labour and even some sexual abuse have been reported.
Approximately 61% of children aged 6-18 are in school. Barriers such as poverty and lack of birth certificates prevent some children from attending school. However, the primary challenge is the quality of available education. The region where Zanfigue is located has 2,316 teachers in 453 schools, or about five teachers per school. Teachers relocated to urban areas from their rural posts are either not replaced or only replaced after a long time. In addition, teachers receive insufficient training.
Malnutrition, malaria and lack of access to clean water are some of the challenges facing Zanfigue. Only about 60% of children have access to quality health care. While immunization coverage is considered satisfactory, field work among women prevents children from being brought to health centres for treatment. Issues of malnutrition are magnified by local practices that work against efforts to combat malnutrition; these include beneficiaries selling the inputs they should be using to feed children or parents eating the food intended for the children.  A lack of properly trained staff at health centres has also been identified as a challenge; critically, the Zanfigue community health centre does not have a mid-wife.
Child Protection
Gender-based violence is a challenge that reaches beyond the immediate effects. Girls and boys are denied education opportunities in favour of work as domestic help or on farms, especially at the beginning of rainy seasons. While there are many groups at risk, school-age girls make up the most vulnerable because of forced marriage, child marriage and unwanted pregnancies. The federal government does have structures in place to support vulnerable groups such as poor and disabled children.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Zanfigue 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.