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: 

Child Protection
  • 1,879 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 30 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 768 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 1,430 young people were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 285 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 285 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 4 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis
  • This community has a disaster risk reduction plan in place to help all be prepared in the case of a natural disaster
  • 50 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1,540 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:
  • 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.

The needs in Butwal

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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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.