Simiri'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: 

The Simiri community is located in western Niger, close to the bordering countries of Mali, Benin, and Burkina Faso. The dominant ethnic group is the Djerma, who make up 99% of the population. The Peulh and Tuareg ethnicity make up the ethnic minority. Homes in the area are simple, made with mud and thatched roofs. The Simiri community has a very short rainy season from July to August.

Most people in the area make their living in agriculture. Others engage in fishing, animal breeding, and small commerce making crafts. Household income is low and can often barely cover family expenses, such as education, health care, and food. The lack of rain contributes to poor harvests, and many families do not have enough food year round. Men and youth often leave the area for urban centres, like the country's capital Niamey, in search of employment.
Child Protection
  • 4 parents learned how to nurture their children holistically, creating families where girls and boys can grow physically, emotionally and socially.
  • 4 planning activities were carried out with community partners, co-ordinating the work of local groups and organisations to focus on helping children.
  • 6 formal agreements were signed between community stakeholders, creating partnerships that will improve the well-being of more boys and girls.
  • 3 local level advocacy events where children and youth participated meaningfully in community decision-making
  • 400 young leaders were equipped with skills to manage children's club and youth club activities
  • 10 literacy group coordinators scored 80% or above in their training, improving how they educate boys and girls on reading and writing.
  • 12 parents of Grades 1 to 3 students were trained on the value of learning to read and quality education, showing them why children should go to school.
  • 3 schools have been supported with new books or updated training for teachers, giving students more resources to help them learn.
  • 3 staff and community members were trained to use the Unlock Literacy program
  • 42 teachers learned new ways to teach literacy skills, improving how they educate girls and boys on reading and writing.
  • 47 literacy teachers were trained in improved teaching methodologies
  • 1 disaster preparedness committee is now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.
  • 1 local community with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, helping ensure that more girls and boys will be prepared for and protected in a crisis.
  • 250 community members took part in an advocacy group, monitoring boys and girls in their local community and taking action to improve their well-being.
  • 4 faith leaders are now able to run parenting workshops, helping more parents to build positive, supportive and loving family relationships.
Community Development
  • 2 government social workers who have received case management training
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 12517 people participated in hygiene training, campaigns or committees, learning habits to stay healthy and clean, such as washing their hands.
  • 1847 more people now have a new water source within 30 minutes of their home, providing families with year-round access to clean drinking water.

* 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:
  • Improve teacher's training and skills to enhance the instruction children receive.
  • Strengthen management committees in schools, such as school governments.
  • Encourage parents to send their children to school, especially their girls.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Support mothers to attend sessions on nutrition practices and how to cook nutrient-dense meals with locally available foods.
  • Help water, sanitation, and hygiene committees to improve water conditions.
  • Help health committees to support the population's health needs.

To ensure parents in Simiri can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Promote vegetable farming and increase the production of rain-fed crops.
  • Support grain banks to stock food during the lean season and ensure people have access to food year-round.
  • Educate farmers about the impact of farming on the environment and encourage positive practices, such as reforestation.
  • Organize community savings groups so community members will have money available to buy food and livestock, or to start income-generating activities.
  • 79% of adolescents reported having a birth certificate in 2017, increasing from 51% in 2013
  • 38% of adolescents identified themselves as thriving in the ladder of life (wellbeing) in 2017, increasing from 21.05% in 2013; they report significantly fewer health problems, fewer sick days, less worry, stress, sadness, anger, and more happiness, enjoyment, interest, and respect.
  • 75% of children under five received effective treatment for diarrhoea in 2017, increasing from 68% in 2013
  • 88% of children under five with symptoms of pneumonia accessed health care in 2017, increasing from 59% in 2013
  • 49% of families were able to produce crops outside of typical agricultural seasons in 2017, increasing from 25% in 2013

Explore Simiri

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 Simiri

Many challenges prevent children in Simiri from receiving an education. Illiteracy is growing in the area, despite the efforts of the government and their partners to promote education and increase the number of children attending school. There is a lack of proper educational infrastructures. Teachers also have not received proper teacher training, which affects their ability to effectively teach children. The dropout rate is resultantly very high, at over 30%.

Health Care
Simiri has only five health care centres for the entire community. These medical clinics hardly meet the needs of the population. There is a lack of health personnel, and there are no midwives or health workers to assist women during childbirth. Many illnesses plague infants and children. Malnutrition among children is especially high during times of poor harvests. Existing wells do not meet the water needs of the community, and people frequently consume unclean water from ponds, which causes waterborne illnesses.

The kind of subsistence agriculture that is practiced by those living in Simiri does not meet their needs. Farmers do not use modern agricultural methods or improved seeds that could increase the quality and quantity of harvests. The lack of rain for crops, pests like locusts, and the poor soil quality compound this problem. Farmers also do not have access to water or equipment for irrigation that would allow them to grow vegetables and fruit in the dry season.

The decline of natural resources, such as ponds and grazing spaces for animals, along with the effects of climate change, are also reducing yearly crop yields and creating chronic food shortages. This plunges families further into poverty as they are forced to borrow money or sell what assets they have to buy food.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Simiri,  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.