Kahi'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: 

The Kahi community is located in a rural area of northeastern Rwanda, 140 kilometres from Kigali, the nation's capital. The land is made up of flat plains with gentle sloping hills. There is also a large swamp.

The weather is generally hot and dry, with long hours of sunshine. In good years, it rains from March to May and again from October through December. However, recent years have brought more dry months than expected, causing prolonged water shortages. This has resulted in low crop production and food shortages, and caused cattle keepers to migrate in search of water and pasture for their livestock.

Agriculture and livestock keeping are the main sources of income. Crops include bananas, beans, sorghum, maize, rice, and sweet potatoes. However, food production is low, and many families are impoverished. Hundreds of households eat only one meal per day.

The war and genocide of 1994 left many widows and orphans in the area, and AIDS has further decimated the population. Widows and elderly and destitute people comprise about 50% of the community's population. Many households are headed by children, some as young as 11 years old. Their lives are dominated by the struggle for survival.
Child Protection
  • 143 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 3 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 88 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 46 malnourished have reached a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
  • 130 beehives were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 23 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 598 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 80 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 82 cows were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1,927 new latrines are granting families better access to sanitation and helping to protect children from illness
  • 4,876 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 5,219 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Construct, repair, and equip classrooms.
  • Organize training for teachers and establish parent-teacher associations.
  • Educate parents about the importance of school for their children, particularly for girls.
  • Provide educational support to children from child-headed households.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide families with health insurance to cover children's medical treatments.
  • Construct, equip, and staff health centres.
  • Educate families about nutrition, and rehabilitate malnourished children.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train community members of all ages on preventing the spread of HIV.
  • Strengthen community-led care for orphans and people living with AIDS.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide psychosocial support to traumatized people of all ages, especially children.
  • Conduct community-led healing and reconciliation meetings.
  • Promote positive and rehabilitative activities for children, including sports, drawing, poems, and traditional dance.
  • Support housing improvements for child-headed families, orphans, and widows.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • ​Support the construction and repair of water sources.
  • Educate families on improved hygiene and sanitation practices.

Explore Kahi

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 Kahi

Although education in Kahi is free and there are schools in the community, they are far apart and lack enough books, desks, and water supplies. Many children walk long distances to schools, or attend classes under trees. Due to these conditions, enrolment and attendance are low. Poverty also prevents children from enrolling because they cannot afford basic school supplies.

Dropout rates are high, especially among girls. They are burdened by their traditional roles at home, such as assisting with household chores. This is especially true for children from child-headed households, who face the greatest risks. 9% of the population is illiterate. Vocational training opportunities are limited and cannot meet the needs of all the children who have not gone on to secondary school after primary school.

Health Care
Children in Kahi regularly suffer from malaria, worms, diarrhea, and respiratory infections. Heath insurance is available, but very few impoverished families can afford it. Many children die before their fifth birthday from preventable illnesses. Families don't have enough food, and lack access to information on eating a balanced diet. Hundreds of children under five years old are malnourished, but there is no nutrition centre in the district.

There are few health centres in the community, and existing ones are understaffed, poorly stocked, and lack necessary equipment. Some community members must walk over 10 km to reach a health facility when they are sick, so most people go to traditional healers for treatment instead, sometimes with serious health consequences.

The Kahi area has been severely impacted by HIV and AIDS. Many orphans, widows, and people living with AIDS need more care and support than they currently receive.

Child Protection
The horrors of the war and genocide of 1994 impacted the entire community, and its effects are still being felt. Most community members experienced death in their immediate family, and survivors and perpetrators alike have psychological wounds. They struggle for justice, forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace. Children were severely traumatized during the conflict. Most witnessed violence, killing, or dead bodies. Childhood dreams have been replaced by recurring nightmares, and children need help to recover.

Almost 50% of community members are widows, elderly people, and the destitute, including child-headed households. Years after the war, they are still living in temporary grass-thatched houses and tents. None of these vulnerable families can afford to improve their living conditions.

Water and Sanitation
There are tanks to supply water to the community, but many of them are not functional. About 60% of the population does not have access to safe water. They collect household water from ponds or the local dam instead, and most do not boil the water before drinking it. Waterborne diseases are rampant, and children are affected the most.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kahi,  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.