Taghadoum's Community News

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 Taghadoum community is located approximately 590 km from the capital city of Nouakchott. It is in the poorest area in Mauritania, which is called Aftout or the poverty triangle. The climate in the area is characterized by dry and dusty desert-like conditions. There are three different seasons throughout the year; the rainy season from June to September, the cold season from October to February, and the hot season from March to May. Temperatures in the hot season can reach up to 45℃ in the shade.

Vegetation consists mainly of stunted and scattered trees, shrubs, bushes, and grasses. Some homes are made of mud, while others resemble tentlike structures that can be opened up in the hot season to allow cool airflow. The main economic activities are traditional agriculture and raising livestock, both of which are threatened by recurrent droughts and locusts. There is a high rate of people migrating to urban centres and neighbouring countries in search of better opportunities. Poverty in the area is widespread and experienced mostly by women and children. 47% of households are led by women, as their husbands are absent for several months of the year working to send money home to their families. This increases the burden on the women as they are left as the sole caregivers. The illiteracy rate is 72%, almost double the national level of 39%. There is a lack of clean water, as well as basic infrastructures such as health clinics and schools. Children suffer from malnutrition and 78% of pregnant women deliver outside health facilities.
Child Protection
  • 20 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 35 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 7 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 240 children are participating in cultural and recreational clubs, learning new things and having fun
  • 8 cultural and recreational clubs are giving children a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 480 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 560 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 22 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 693 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
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:
  • Work in partnership with the government to improve the school environment and infrastructure with better classrooms, libraries, and extra-curricular activities. Improve the management of schools and equip teachers with enhanced skills to provide a better learning environment for children. Raise awareness about the importance of sending children to school.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Teach community members about improved health care habits and practices, such as breastfeeding, improved nutrition, and HIV & AIDS prevention and care.
  • Improve the access to potable water.
  • Improve existing health care systems and structures

In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Train farmers on improved agricultural techniques to improve harvests.
  • Protect farmland from wandering livestock by constructing fences.
  • Organize community associations to manage crops, share information, and create community networks.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Taghadoum can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Increase household income through participation in income-generating activities.

Explore Taghadoum

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 Taghadoum

Both children and adults in Taghadoum face many challenges that prevent them from receiving a quality education. In the area, only 52% of children aged five to 16 years old are formally educated. Girls make up a lower percentage of school-going children, as they often dropout or do not attend altogether due to early marriage or household duties. The adult illiteracy rate is also high at 60%, with more women being illiterate than men.

There is a primary school in a little over half of the community neighbourhoods, and few have a literacy centre. In addition, many schools do not offer all grades. There is a lack of qualified teachers and the majority of classrooms are multi-grade classes, which mean teachers have to teach children at different levels in the same class. Many children also do not further their education beyond primary school, as there is a lack of secondary schools in the area.

Health Care
Health care in Taghadoum is generally poor. Health coverage is very weak, with only 10% of community members having access to a health clinic. Many have to travel a very long distance for health care and there are no emergency transportation services. There is also a lack of supplies, equipment, and health workers to promote the importance of good health care and habits.

People lack the availability of potable water, and vaccination coverage in the area is low. Many people do not get vaccinated at all, while others do not receive the entire series of their vaccinations. Children and women suffer from malnourishment or undernourishment. Women, and pregnant women in particular, are especially vulnerable to health issues, as they are engaged in physically demanding work.

As most families engage in agriculture and livestock, the many challenges they face make it very difficult to earn a living and provide food for their families.

There is a lack of modern agricultural equipment to aid in farming and the soil quality in the area is poor. Moreover, deforestation and desertification are contributing to the lack of quality farmland. The absence of rain during the dry season is particularly problematic, as the availability of certain products like meat and grain diminishes, and it is very costly to purchase these products. Economic Development There is no market in 60% of the community neighbourhoods, and there is a lack of income generating activities that can diversify income sources. Vegetable cooperatives managed by women do not receive the support they need to boost their production and income.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Taghadoum,  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.