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Kaedi'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 Kaedi (ka-ay-dee) community is located in a vast and well-populated area of rocky plateaus and plains alongside the Senegal River. The vegetation includes some small bushes, trees, and light grass cover. Temperatures can soar to 45ºC, and there is a long dry season and a short rainy season. Rainfall has declined steadily from the 1970s, when it was 35-45 cm a year, to just 10 cm a year by the early 1990s. This has disrupted the environmental balance, leading to profound economic and social changes and an end to the nomadic way of life. Today, the area is settled mainly by farmers and fishermen. Impoverished parents are often forced to marry their daughters at a very early age, the result of which is a continuing spiral of poverty.
Child Protection
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 15 children were rescued from early marriage thanks to the child protection systems established by the community
  • 150 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 16 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 49 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 1 school was renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 102 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 25 clubs are giving children a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 300 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 49 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 5 clubs are giving children and youth a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 25 young people are part of savings groups, helping them save money and learn about personal finance
  • 30 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 40 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 933 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene
  • 150 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
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:
  • Create parent associations that will take on a leadership role in education.
  • Support preschool education.
  • Improve education for students with disabilities.
  • Build libraries and latrines in existing schools, as well as upgraded play areas.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Form local committees to manage health care and encourage participation in community-based health insurance programs.
  • Retrain health personnel and provide important supplies, such as sterilization equipment and medicines.
  • Develop awareness campaigns. Improve sanitation and hygiene efforts, such as garbage collection and community cleanup.
  • Support community nutrition centres managed by women's committees.

To ensure parents in Kaedi can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Organize and empower farmers to maximize crop production and increase their income at market.
  • Provide farmers with improved tools, seeds, and training.