Achham West

Achham West's Community News

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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: 

Achham West is home to 30,300 people, more than half are children. Many in this community rely on natural resources for survival, however changes in temperature and disasters such as floods and landslides have impacted harvests and caused food shortages.

Families in the worst poverty have no choice but to send children to work instead of school. Fathers migrate to India, leaving their wives in charge of the family. The traditional caste system is also deeply rooted. Dalits or the lowest caste, are often barred from accessing basic services and participating in development opportunities. Early marriage and discriminatory cultural practices are common in the community.
  • 6 action plans for education were presented to local governments, giving communities more opportunity to improve formal schooling for children.
  • 721 members of the community were reached through education awareness campaigns, helping them learn why all children should go to school.
Health and Nutrition
  • 1 birthing centre now has a skilled birth attendant on staff
  • 196 caregivers with underweight children attended nutrition training, learning how to provide healthy meals that support children's growth.
  • 2067 mothers or caregivers attended mother support groups
  • 282 youth were trained in nutrition and nutrition-related topics
  • 3618 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
  • 8 local health institutions provided growth monitoring as well as regular infant and young child feeding counseling
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019 in partnership with neighboring communities
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Appreciate the importance of early childhood education and train preschool teachers
  • Promote equitable education for all children, including girls and children in the Dalit caste
  • Improve schools learning environment and encourage teachers to use child-friendly methods
  • Increase child participation in school and promote the importance of education and life skills

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve feeding practices to rehabilitate children and stop future malnutrition
  • Promote safe, healthy habits for new and expecting mothers and provide nutritional training
  • Ensure children are protected from common diseases and share information on prevention methods
  • Sensitize community on proper hygiene and health practices to counter unsafe cultural traditions

Economic Development
To help families escape poverty and plan for a better financial future, World Vision will work to:
  • Increase the production and income from family farms by providing updated technology and training
  • Improve irrigation systems and build networks to help farmers access services
  • Ensure marginalized families join loan groups and cooperative business opportunities
  • Create savings groups and promote participation, especially for mothers and heads of households
  • 66.3% of caregivers that understood and did  appropriate handwashing in 2016 significantly increasing from 61.2% in 2015, decreasing risks of contamination and helping keep the family healthy
  • 94.3% of families were using improved sanitation facilities in 2016 significantly increasing from 91.0% in 2015, decreasing the risk of diseases

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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 Achham West

Children in Achham West struggle to access quality education. The community lacks information on the importance of early childhood development. As a result, there are few preschools and existing centres don't have enough resources or the staff needed to properly run their programs.

Parents struggle to pay school fees and find time to help their kids with their studies. Due to poverty, children drop-out and start working early. Schools need updated learning materials, better equipment and well-motivated teachers.

Health Care
In Achham West, children and pregnant women suffer from malnutrition. Most mothers lack information on proper diet, breastfeeding and how to grow vegetables or cook healthy meals. Many families have limited access to food due to lack of income and often, children become severely malnourished. Kids under 5 are particularly at risk of contracting diseases due to poor water and sanitation.

A cultural practice called “chaupadi forces young girls to spend the duration of their monthly period in a shed. This not only marginalizes women, but puts them at risk of contracting diseases due to unhygienic conditions. Additionally, early marriage for girls who are already malnourished often leads to the birth of underweight babies, continuing the cycle of poor nutrition. Health centres lack the resources to treat patients, causing many families to contact traditional healers instead.

Economic Development
The health, protection and financial issues in Achham West stem from a lack of job opportunities. Most don't own land and must work for other farmers or engage in low-wage labour. Those who have plots lack the technical knowledge, irrigation systems and funds required to increase productivity.

The people of Achham West have few ways of saving money for their future. The community lacks the necessary structures to allow families to put away funds. Additionally, some fathers also struggle with alcoholism and gambling. These personal challenges can limit families ability to keep and spend earnings wisely.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Achham West,  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.