Tenmiya's Community News

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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 Tenmiya community is located about 590 km from Nouakchott, the capital city. This region is the poorest area in Mauritania, and is called Aftout, or the poverty triangle. Poverty in the area is widespread and felt 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. This increases the burden on the women as they are left as the sole caregivers.

The climate 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 in Tenmiya 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.The illiteracy rate is 72%, almost double the national level of 39%. There is a lack of clean water, as well as basic infrastructures like health clinics and schools. Children suffer from malnutrition, and 78% of pregnant women deliver outside health centres.
Child Protection
  • 6 joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
Health and Nutrition
  • 1 health facility that met additional government standards was monitored through Citizen Voice in Action
  • 2871 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
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 school environments and infrastructure, including building schools.
  • Improve teachers skills to provide a better learning experience for children.
  • Teach parents and community members about the value of education. Provide vocational training for youth.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve health care systems and structures by equipping health centres and training health care staff.
  • Promote health care and improve awareness of the importance of good health habits, prenatal visits for pregnant women, and appropriate feeding practices for children.
  • Support vaccination campaigns.
  • Raise awareness on the spread of HIV & AIDS.
  • Implement a health system to care for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups.
  • Increase access to potable water sources by drilling wells, constructing water towers and community taps, and training water committees.

In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Improve and diversify agricultural production by restoring soil quality, introducing improved seeds, and improving farming methods.
  • Construct fencing around farms to protect crops from roaming livestock.
  • Organize farming and livestock associations to share information and create community networks. Improve the health and care of livestock.

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

Explore Tenmiya

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 Tenmiya

Children and adults in Tenmiya face many challenges that prevent them from receiving a quality education. In the area, only 52% of children five to 16 years of age are formally educated. Girls make up a lower percentage of school-going children, as they often drop out 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 neighbourhoods and only a few have a literacy centre. In addition, many schools do not offer all grades. There is a lack of 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 Tenmiya is generally poor. Health coverage is very weak, with only 10% of neighbourhoods having a health clinic. Many people have to travel a very long distance for health care and there are no emergency transportation services. There is also a lack of health equipment and health workers to promote the importance of good health care and habits.

People often lack access to potable water. Vaccination coverage in the area is also low, as people do not get vaccinated, or do not receive the entire series of their vaccinations. Children and women suffer from malnourishment or undernourishment. Women, and pregnant women in particular, engage in physically demanding work as well, and so are especially vulnerable to health issues.

As most families engage in agriculture and livestock, the many challenges they face make it very difficult for people in the community 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. 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, such as meat and grain, diminishes, and it is very costly to purchase these products.

Economic Development
There is no market in 60% of community's neighbourhoods, and there are not enough income generating activities to diversify income sources. Vegetable cooperatives managed by women also do not receive the support they need to boost their production and income.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Tenmiya,  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.