Achham West

Achham West'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: 


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.
Child Protection
  • 115 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
Education
  • 311 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 61 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
Health
  • 1,730 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 118 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 127 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 143 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene 
  • 1,061 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
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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
Education
  • 1,430 young people were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
Emergency
  • 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
Livelihood
  • 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
Education
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