Butwal

The needs in Butwal

Education
Helping children get a basic education is a big need in the Butwal community. Illiteracy is common among children, as many drop out while still at the elementary level. This leads to even fewer students attending higher-level education. Student attendance is very irregular, as many prefer to stay at home and do household chores.

There is also a gap between the teaching provided and students learning styles. Children need more tutoring and support than they currently receive.

Health Care
Poor maternal and child health are two major concerns in this community. Mothers lack vital pre and postnatal care, risking the health of their babies. Breastfeeding is not common and mothers often lack proper nourishment themselves. Children's health is in decline partly due to malnourishment and the difficulty in receiving appropriate vaccinations. In addition, local health centres are in need of renovations and updated equipment.

Child Protection
Children who are not in school become prey to sexual abuse, trafficking, and early marriage. Child labour is prevalent among children in economically disadvantaged families, as they tend to go to India to work and send home supplemental income.

Water and Sanitation
Diarrhea and other waterborne illnesses are common in Butwal, as many vulnerable families don't have access to clean drinking water.

Economic Development
Many community members rely on agriculture, but local farmers use heavy pesticides and chemicals in their vegetable farming, along with other outdated farming practices. This has resulted in the degradation of soil quality and has negatively impacted health and the environment. Irrigation systems are poor, resulting in lower crop yields, as lands remain barren during the dry season.

Livestock is another potential source of income, but for the average household, initial start-up costs are high. A lack of training is another reason people are not maximizing this venture.

There is a need for savings and credit groups to help the most disadvantaged individuals receive basic training in business and savings. Another concern is that farmers are not uniting in cooperatives, which could help them reach bigger markets and earn increased profits.
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Butwal'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: 


  • 98.0% of families were using improved sanitation facilities in 2016 increasing from 81.2% in 2014, decreasing the risk of diseases
  • 4.9% of families had periods of insufficient food in the previous 12 months in 2016 decreasing from 14.6% in 2012.
  • 1,800 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 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
  • 85 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being               
  • 294 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 25 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 25 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families               
Education
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Establish children's clubs and increase children's access to early childhood development centres for foundational education and development.
  • Equip teachers with training child-friendly teaching, as well as additional knowledge and skills.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve available care and access to that care for pregnant and lactating mothers.
  • Provide necessary equipment and renovations to existing local health centres.
  • Train mothers in improved feeding practices for developing children.
  • Help families establish kitchen gardens to grow their own nutritious food.
  • Increase children's access to immunizations.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide children with life skills-based education, where they can develop their self-confidence and learn about their rights in order to protect themselves.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Increase families access to safe drinking water.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Butwal can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Introduce families to organic kitchen and commercial vegetable farming.
  • Install and renovate small-scale irrigation facilities.
  • Provide farmers with a start-up package to help cover the costs of goats, piglets, and/or beehives.
  • Establish farmer cooperatives to increase access to bigger, better markets.
  • Help savings and credit groups partner with families interested in entrepreneurship.

Explore Butwal

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

Butwal,  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.