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.