Doti East

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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 Doti East community is located in one of the most remote, mountainous districts of Nepal's far western region. The majority of families here grow crops like wheat, maize, millet, tomatoes, and citrus fruits. Since this region is vulnerable to natural disasters like landslides, harvests are often unpredictable. To make ends meet, many people, including children, cross the border into India seeking work.

Many families in Doti East are from marginalized people groups, including the Dalit, who were traditionally considered the lowest of the caste system. Even though the government has banned discrimination against Dalits, customs are hard to break, and these families feel the sting of exclusion very acutely. About half of Doti East's children are considered marginalized and vulnerable.

Families in Doti East also struggle with alcoholism, harmful gender beliefs and a lack of hope for the future. This affects children, who are vulnerable to exploitation through child labour or early marriage. In fact, 67% of girls in Doti East get married and have children before they are 20, perpetuating a gap between the genders. Only 16% of women and girls in the area can read and write, compared to 61% of men and boys.
Child Protection
  • 1 collaborative event was organized for child-friendly local governance
  • 2730 members of the community were reached through education awareness campaigns, helping them learn why all children should go to school.
  • 20 action plans for education were presented to local governments, giving communities more opportunity to improve formal schooling for children.
  • 1573 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
  • 229 youth were trained in nutrition and nutrition-related topics
  • 5 local health institutions provided growth monitoring as well as regular infant and young child feeding counseling
  • 249 caregivers with underweight children attended nutrition training, learning how to provide healthy meals that support children's growth.
  • 4459 mothers or caregivers attended mother support groups
  • 1 local health facility and birthing centre now has essential equipment for maternal and child health, and nutrition
  • 1 birthing centre now has a skilled birth attendant on staff
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Provide children with a positive learning environment by training teachers in effective teaching methods and improving local schools.
  • Teach parents about the importance of education for all children, both in the home and at school.
  • Empower Doti East's youth to be voices of change in their own community and schools.
  • Equip the community and especially parents to get involved in the operation of their education centres.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Strengthen existing maternal health services and encourage awareness of reproductive health.
  • Train mothers to grow and prepare nutritious food for their children.
  • Prevent childhood illness by teaching families about early warning signs of disease, as well as the importance of proper hygiene, sanitation, and latrine use.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Doti East can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Increase families agricultural yields by teaching improved farming techniques.
  • Empower families to use farming as a means for income generation rather than simply subsistence.
  • Educate farmers about organic farming and production so they can rely less on expensive chemicals.
  • Enhance irrigation systems. Strengthen the capacity of local farm cooperatives.

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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 Doti East

From a young age, children in Doti East struggle to receive a proper education. Since most parents energy is focused on survival, education is not prioritized at home, and many families can't afford school supplies or uniforms. Besides this, most children have significant household responsibilities and have to work in the fields alongside their parents during peak season.

Even for those who can attend, local schools don't provide a high quality education. With poor infrastructure, few resources, and teachers who often rely on harsh disciplinary measures, the school dropout rate is very high. This is particularly true for girls, who receive less support than boys, and who are often given by their parents in early marriage.

Health Care
Health conditions for mothers and children are very poor in Doti East, especially among marginalized families. Mothers malnutrition, exposure to disease, and poor hygiene affect their children's health and development.

The popularity of early marriage means that many mothers are young, and not physically or psychologically equipped to give birth. In addition, they are often left to care for their families alone while their husbands seek work in India. Unfortunately, since most women don't seek health care during their pregnancy and delivery, maternal and child mortality rates are very high.

Many mothers are not educated about the value of breastfeeding, how to use locally available nutritious foods, or how to prepare balanced meals. They often don't recognize the warning signs of life-threatening illnesses requiring immediate attention, or know about the government-provided health care services available to them.

Economic Development
Local families often work in agriculture and rely on traditional farming techniques, but their efforts often yield only enough feed their families. Farming families aren't able to earn income and have no safety net during natural disasters or poor growing seasons. Those who can't make ends meet often migrate to India to seek work.

The region's natural resources, suitable climate, and growing infrastructure are all signs that farming could be a viable industry here. However Doti East's farmers don't have experience with modern farming techniques and lack confidence in their own ability to break out of their cycle of poverty.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Doti East,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.