Kankossa'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 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
  • 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
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Partner with the government and other organizations to increase the number of boys and girls attending school.
  • Raise awareness about the importance of attending school, especially among parents.
  • Improve educational infrastructures and teacher training to enhance the experience of children in class.
  • Train and organize children's associations to advocate for educational gains.
  • Train preschool teachers and improve existing school structures or build new ones.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Increase families access to quality health services by constructing, rehabilitating, and equipping health centres.
  • Reduce the rate and spread of HIV and AIDS, as well as other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Promote good health practices, including prenatal visits for pregnant women, appropriate feeding practices for children, and hygienic behaviours.
  • Support the implementation of vaccination campaigns.

To ensure parents in Kankossa can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Improve fishing and agricultural production by introducing improved seeds, technology and soil quality.
  • Provide farmers with agricultural training.
  • Diversify crops to provide alternate sources of income. Increase household income through livestock raising projects.
  • Increase the availability of grain through improved grain banks.
  • Improve families nutritional habits and knowledge of good nutrition.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Facilitate access to potable water by constructing water networks, as well as improved wells and boreholes.

Explore Kankossa

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 Kankossa

There are many challenges preventing children in Kankossa from receiving an education. Many children do not attend school and there is a high dropout rate, especially among girls. Parents are often not aware of the importance of education for their children, or do not have the resources to send their children to school. Illiteracy among adults is very high.

There aren't many schools, which forces children from various neighbourhoods to travel long distances to attend a single school. There is also a lack of secondary schools, which means that children often are not permitted to further their education. Children's learning is also hampered by a lack of school materials and equipment. Several children share a desk and, on average, there is only one teacher for every 50 students.

Health Care
In the Kankossa community, infant and maternal mortality rates are high. Nutritious food is often introduced late or not at all. Children and adults alike are at a high risk of waterborne diseases like diarrhea, parasites, and cholera. Compounding this problem is the lack of awareness and practice on how to treat these and other illnesses. The area desperately lacks health care infrastructure and services, as well as trained health workers to serve the community. Women are often overworked, which often negatively impacts their health, especially when combined with closely occurring pregnancies.

Although agriculture is the main activity in Kankossa, harvests are very low and there is a lack of food for many months during the year. Many farmers have not received formal agricultural training, and still use very rudimentary farming methods and equipment. There is also a lack of quality seeds and environmentally friendly methods to restore the soil and its fertility. Recurrent droughts have had a negative effect on the land and have reduced the amount of land that can be used for farming.

Those engaged in raising livestock do not have access to veterinary care for their animals. There are not many alternative sources of revenue, and an absence of viable markets in the area also makes it difficult to sell local produce to raise family income. Water and Sanitation Households in Kankossa have poor access to potable water. Only about 20% of households have access to safe drinking water, and more than half must walk over 30 minutes to collect it.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kankossa,  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.