Boboye's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we're looking forward to creating lasting impact on the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we will focus on in the years ahead:

Like most of Niger, Boboye is a predominantly rural region and is home to a population of about 69,000 people. Of these, about 36,000 are women and 33,000 are men. Commercial trade is diverse and only moderately developed. Regional production includes livestock and sorghum, and women are heavily represented in small businesses selling foodstuffs from fritters to seasoning.
Most villages have set up non-financial civil society organizations tasked with improving or maintaining local well-being. These are comprised of men, women and youth. So, despite serious challenges, most recently related to climate change, these communities are committed to development.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Create reading camps to improve reading comprehension.
  • Build capacity among teachers to teach children how to read.
  • Push for enforcement of government legislation that mandates schooling for children under age 14.
  • Mobilize around issues of access to, and quality of, education.
In partnership with the residents of Boboye, World Vision will work to:
  • Strengthen the capacity of health personnel.
  • Improve agricultural practices and develop irrigated crops.
  • Improve the availability of pharmaceutical and nutritional supplies.
Child Protection
To ensure children are protected, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Set up and support child protection and advocacy organizations.
  • Strengthen the capacity of existing structures and religious leaders.
  • Educate parents on children’s rights and their obligations as parents.

Explore Boboye

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 Boboye

A rainy season lasting three to four months has become increasingly erratic due to climate change. Rainfall is now irregular and insufficient. Coupled with population pressures, food security is becoming a growing area of concern. Chronic food insecurity already reaches 47% in Niger, which presents a challenge for children across the country.
Like many rural regions in Niger, Boboye lacks sufficient education infrastructure, including classrooms, desks, books and other supplies. Girls drop out at a higher rate than boys because of demands for their labour in the home and in small businesses, and because of the socio-cultural practice of early marriage. Among children that do attend school, parental monitoring of their studies is inadequate and compounded by insufficient direction from teachers. One result is a low level of reading comprehension among students.
At 190 per thousand, the infant and child mortality rate in the area is significantly higher than the national average of 127 per thousand. Chronic malnutrition is the main driver of these elevated rates. Rates of vaccination among children aged 12-23 months is well under 50%. Poor geographic distribution of healthcare centres and patient dissatisfaction with the quality of care deters use of these centres. Instead people turn to self-medication, traditional medicine and the sometimes fatal use of counterfeit drugs.
Child Protection
Although adult-run advocacy organizations exist, children still face challenges. The organizations are too few, which makes them less effective in speaking out against the child abuse that continues to exist. Children lack access to training and information about their rights and have no clubs or school governments that could potentially contribute to their full development. For those children working in the home or elsewhere, there is less chance they are in school and are at greater risk of dropping out.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Boboye 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.