The community of Kankossa is graduating

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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.
Child Protection
  • 6 child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 8 joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.

*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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!