Bababe'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 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
  • 1 community group is in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 115 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 250 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 3,200 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 5 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 10 clubs are giving children a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 250 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 250 children are participating in clubs to develop new skills, have fun and build friendships
  • 30 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 56 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 104 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 104 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 30 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 30 people learned about sexual and reproductive health, including how to prevent and manage HIV and STIs
  • 7,500 children received deworming medication to treat intestinal worm infections and protect them from future health issues
  • 100 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 2,345 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 2,345 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 400 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 400 goats were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 2 renovated water sources are providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases
  • 2,100 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 3,450 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

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.