Kahi'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 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
  • 2 children's groups formed, giving boys and girls the opportunity to share their opinions and work together to address issues in their lives.
  • 4 child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 2 functional community-based child protection committees
  • 2 community partners from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors worked with World Vision over the past year, improving the lives of children.
  • 85 savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
  • 52 youth participated in non-farming groups that help generate income, preparing them for better financial stability as adults.
  • 10 groups of farmers are working together to develop and sell their products collectively, helping increase their income and meet their family's needs.
  • 866 farmers learned improved techniques to manage land, crops and livestock, sustainably increasing their farm production and income to help their children.
  • 1390 households were provided fruit trees
  • 102 youth took part in life skills activities, learning to manage their emotions and improve their communication skills.
Health and Nutrition
  • 1296 people learned about healthy habits through awareness campaigns led by community groups, helping them better care for themselves and their children.
  • 117 community health workers engaged in community outreach for acute malnutrition
  • 4163 children were enrolled in healthy nutrition programs
  • 4173 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene
  • 23320 more people now have a new water source within 30 minutes of their home, providing families with year-round access to clean drinking water.
  • 5462 people now have access to improved sanitation facilities
* 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:
  • 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.