The needs in Kaedi

Although Kaedi has 17 public and 4 private schools, the level of education there continues to be one of the lowest, if not the lowest, in the country. Many parents are usually unable to read and write, and they are often unaware of the importance of schooling. There are many barriers to getting a proper education in Kaedi, including a lack of qualified teachers and improperly spaced schools.

Chronic poverty often forces children into the streets, and this has many consequences, including high dropout rates, child labour, early marriage for girls, and a greater vulnerability to malnutrition and disease. The failure of the education system to meet the needs of Kaedi's children often results in juvenile delinquency, exploitation, child labour, and academic failure. In this environment, it is extremely difficult for children to envision a different life for themselves.

Health Care
The Mauritanian government has committed to improving health care in Kaedi, having staffed a health centre, an HIV screening centre, and three health posts. It has also staffed the hospital with a surgeon, a pediatrician, and general practitioners. However, basic services and facilities are inadequate. Buildings are crumbling, health workers are not properly trained, and people are unaware of basic preventative and hygiene practices that would help them stay healthy.

Outbreaks of waterborne diseases like malaria and diarrhea have put the health of children and families at great risk. Malnutrition is a major challenge, as is the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. The latter is especially prevalent because many men leave the community in search of work and put their families at risk when they return.

The chronic lack of food is perhaps the biggest challenge in Kaedi, and one that often leads to severe malnutrition among children. A lack of understanding about efficient farming methods leaves families unable to grow sufficient amounts of quality crops, which means they cannot feed their children enough nutritious food. Increasing desertification (in which the Sahara Desert keeps encroaching on arable land) also diminishes soil quality and reduces crop yields.

Families need to be able to grow food, not only to eat, but also to sell so they can meet their children's other needs. Even when they do manage to grow excess food, however, it often sells for very little at market.
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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.
  • 5 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 21 survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover
  • 161 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 1 club is in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 149 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 426 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 26 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses            
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.

Explore Kaedi

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kaedi,  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.