The community of Kankossa is graduating

Kankossa's community is making strong progress toward caring for all its children, not just those who are sponsored. They are now transitioning to self-sufficiency. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Kankossa get there. Thank you! 

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Kankossa has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Kankossa community is located in the south of Mauritania, approximately 700 km away from Nouakchott, the capital city. It is very dry and heavily affected by desertification. People in the area are generally dispersed and live in homes made of mud or in tentlike structures that can be opened up in the hot season to allow cool airflow.

Most people work in agriculture and livestock activities to earn their living. Recurrent droughts and irregular rainfall, however, have led people to engage in other work, such as trade and low paying seasonal jobs to provide for their families. Households spend 75% of their income on food.

As a result of chronic food shortages, many residents leave Kankossa for larger cities and other neighbouring countries in search of a better life. Men in particular will often leave their wives and children for several months at a time to look for casual labour and send money home to their families. This increases the burden on women left behind, as they become the sole caretakers for their families.
People in Kankossa are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

Child Protection
  • 10 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 2 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 51 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 54 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 1 school received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 150 children are participating in clubs to develop new skills, have fun and build friendships
  • 6 clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 3 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • 1 health facility was improved with medical equipment and supplies to better care for children and families
  • 1,621 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 287 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 30 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 800 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 32 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 756 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Kankossa

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.


Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kankossa,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!