Bababe'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 Bababe community is located in southern Mauritania, along the edge of the Senegal River. Typical homes are made of mud bricks with a thatched roof. Most people earn their living as farmers or pastoralists, but the food supply is unreliable because of recurring drought, disease, and a lack of training in efficient farming methods. Overgrazing and conflicts over land rights are common.

There aren't many good roads, which makes it difficult for farmers to transport goods to market. The practice of prestige livestock production (using animals as a bartering tool in marriage or other life events instead of for milk or meat) is another concern. During the dry season, there is a mass exodus as men leave Bababe in search of work. They often stay away for longer than just the dry season, which reduces the number of labourers available and leaves the heavy work to the women left behind.
Child Protection
  • 500 adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 20 women and men from community partner groups took part in training, learning how to work more effectively to improve the well-being of children.
  • 11 joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 50 meetings or home visits were made by community and faith leaders to support families, providing extra help to parents with the challenges they face.
Health and Nutrition
  • 113 children aged 6-59 months were admitted into supplementary feeding programs for acute malnutrition needs
  • 7 local partner groups provided caregivers with training on how to provide healthy meals for underweight children to support their growth
  • 58 groups of farmers are working together to develop and sell their products collectively, helping increase their income and meet their family's needs.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 3 water and sanitation committees received training, learning how to maintain the village water source and provide cleaner water for children.

*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Bababe

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 Bababe

Bababe experiences many challenges that affect the quality of children's education. Limited access to birth certificates considerably reduces enrolment, and dropout rates are very high for both girls and boys. Today, just 49.4% of boys and 43.6% of girls attend school, and the quality of education is generally poor. Classrooms are overcrowded and facilities are basic or non-existent in some areas. On average, there are more than 47 students for every teacher. A lack of teaching aids and resource materials also contributes to the inferior learning environment. Four students generally share one textbook.

Health Care
Overall health in Bababe has been undermined by a variety of factors. There is limited immunization and a lack of awareness about malaria, communicable diseases like meningitis and tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections like HIV. There is a shortage of qualified health care workers and facilities, and inadequate vaccination coverage leaves children susceptible to many preventable illnesses. Health education is limited, and cultural perceptions of fatality often result in community members believing that they can't act to prevent disease. Malaria is very widespread, and people require protection against mosquitoes and access to medication. Few people have proper access to health care, and dilapidated facilities do not comply with Ministry of Health standards.

There are health centres in the area, but there is a serious lack of qualified personnel. Just one doctor, seven nurses, and one midwife serve nearly 39,000 people. In fact, the Bababe Health Centre is equipped with laboratory test and radiology equipment, but due to a lack of personnel, the equipment goes unused. This means families often go without necessary health care.

Poor harvests make life extremely challenging in Bababe. Improper tools, soil erosion, pest invasions, unreliable rainfall, and a lack of professional organization among farmers are the main contributors. The unavailability of local food has made children vulnerable to malnutrition, and poor drinking water has led to widespread waterborne diseases. Meagre grazing land also affects the food supply.

Livestock do not have enough food and water, and animal diseases are common. Fishing in the nearby Senegal River has also been negatively impacted by declining fish stocks. There are few water points, which increase the burden on the women and children tasked with collecting water every day. Children, in particular, are affected because the daily burden of searching for water takes them away from time they could spend in school.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Bababe,  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.