Shumak Killa

Shumak Killa'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 rural community of Shumak Killa is found in the indigenous Quillo District, one of the poorest areas in all of Peru. This area suffers from a crippling lack of water in the dry season, which prevents farmers from growing food and earning an income. In the rainy season, the community's roads are often subject to landslides or mudslides, making them impassable and keeping locals from accessing necessities such as health care.

In Shumak Killa, those who suffer the greatest disadvantage are families who live in the remotest, most inaccessible parts of the area. Children here must walk 2-3 hours a day to attend school and often drop out later on in favour of helping tend to their parent's farms. Women too are especially vulnerable, as low levels of education and isolation can increase instances of unreported domestic abuse and violence.
Child Protection
  • 2 children took actions to help end violence against girls and boys, raising awareness in the community about protecting children from harm and abuse.
  • 10 children's groups took part in a campaign to end violence against children, working to build a safer community for girls and boys.
  • 22 women and men from community partner groups took part in training, learning how to work more effectively to improve the well-being of children.
  • 3 reading clubs have been started for boys and girls, helping to improve their literacy and reading habits.
  • 6 literacy group coordinators scored 80% or above in their training, improving how they educate boys and girls on reading and writing.
  • 45 teachers learned new ways to teach literacy skills, improving how they educate girls and boys on reading and writing.
  • 2 local books were distributed to reading camps, giving children more resources to learn about their own language and culture.
  • 25 schools now have activities related to reading and or living together in their basic education improvement plans.
  • 407 children between the ages of 6 and 11 now attend Ludo libraries (spaces to encourage reading, leisure and play)
  • 226 children between the ages of 6 and 11 now own a backpack containing resources to promote reading habits and life skills.
  • 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.
  • 1 disaster preparedness committee is now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.
  • 2 churches and faith-based groups are involved in planning and running child-focused activities, helping improve the well-being of boys and girls.
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Health Care
To ensure children and their families can access and enjoy a better quality of health, World Vision will:
  • Partner with local government leaders to promote better health and nutrition practices, specifically for children under 5
  • Increase the number of services targeted at addressing and preventing cases of childhood anemia
  • Advocate public officials to reduce rates of chronic childhood malnutrition

Child Protection
To better help families enjoy a positive, safe and productive environment, we will partner locally to:
  • Create a safe environment for children and ensure protection systems are developed and implemented
  • Recruit child rights advocates and ensure children are monitored, especially in remote locations
  • Educate community on child rights and build systems to care for those whose rights have been violated
  • Mobilize the community to understand and implement positive family behaviours

To give children the opportunity to learn and pursue their dreams, World Vision will intentionally work to:
  • Build capacity of primary school teachers to implement new and engaging teaching methods
  • Collaborate with educators to model positive relationships and develop children's life skills
  • Increase percentage of children ages 6 to 11 with grade level-appropriate reading skills Improve overall quality of education for children, especially for those in primary school

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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 Shumak Killa

Health Care
In the rural community of Shumak Killa, many children suffer from malnutrition, anaemia and respiratory diseases. Families with limited financial resources and land often cannot access enough healthy and nutritious food. Natural disasters such as drought can also limit the growth of vegetables and crops. Mothers often need more information to be able to prepare nutritious, age-appropriate meals to help their families grow.

Children whose parents have migrated and are either alone or under the care of grandparents do not always receive the care and nutrition they need. Exposure to infections and diseases is high as existing water supplies dwindle and information on good hygiene practices remains unshared. Health facilities are limited by their need for more equipment, staff and capacity.

Child Protection
Many parents have migrated in an effort to find a good job and provide a better life for their families. However their absence often puts children in the care of grandparents or sometimes"leaves them alone entirely. Left without a guardian, children are at higher risk of adopting harmful behaviours, including alcoholism and early sexual activity, which can lead to teen pregnancy. For girls, this often means being “expelled from school and hidden away from the community. Children also lose vital emotional support, necessary to their well-being and self-esteem.

Females are often marginalized and subject to discrimination and violence. Local police report many cases of domestic and sexual violence often resolve themselves out of court and are not properly addressed. Harmful behaviours continue to cycle in the community as children who are continually exposed and subject to domestic abuse grow up to repeat the cycle. Institutions to protect children's rights don't exist in Shumak Killa, and children in the most remote parts of the community are often too far away to receive protection.

One of the priorities of Shumak Killa's local government is to improve the service and delivery of education in schools. Although most of the population manages to earn their primary school education, only 15% of children in grade two have reading and comprehension skills and at least 15% of students must repeat grades. In secondary school, 20% of students are likely to repeat.

Teachers in the community agree that an improvement in the quality of education, including infrastructure, resources and learning materials are necessary to ensure children can perform better and continue on to the next grade. Schools are also in need of spaces such as libraries, to help students deepen their learning and apply their education. Additionally, low levels of education are often a factor in families who struggle with domestic violence and food security.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Shumak Killa,  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.