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Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year

The rural community of Nyange is home to 39,045 people, most of whom make a living in agriculture or farming. Challenges with soil, farming methods, livestock diseases and limited education however, keep farmers from earning enough income to support their families basic needs. As a result, malnutrition, hunger and poor food diversity are common issues among households.

Some community leaders worry that deeply-rooted traditions such as the use of witchdoctors in lieu of proper health care or counselling promotes negative lifestyle choices, poor health and in some cases, violence. Child labour, domestic violence and teenage pregnancy can also be issues among some households.

Health Care
To improve the health, sanitation and hygiene of families in Nyange, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Grow access to and use of essential quality Maternal Newborn and Child Health services
  • Reduce incidences of HIV infection and other diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea
  • Increase access to sustainable and safe water supply for vulnerable communities and children
  • Educate families about better hygiene and sanitation practices to improve child well-being

Economic Development
To grow economic opportunities and improve household resilience, we will partner with local leaders to:
  • Grow agriculture and livestock production, increase and strengthen off-farm employment opportunities
  • Improve food security and nutrition at the household level Increase families income to ensure children can have all of their basic needs met
  • Reduce community vulnerability to disasters through trainings on climate and environmental conservation

To better the quality of education and life skills for children and youth in Nyange, we will work together to:
  • Increase school enrolment, retention, performance and completion rates and reduce the dropout rate
  • Increase functional literacy and numeracy through teacher and volunteer trainings and extracurricular clubs
  • Provide life skills and professional or technical job training opportunities to youth to enhance their education
  • Engage parents and caregivers to recognize the value of early childhood development and provide enhanced support for preschool-aged children
Child Protection
  • 17 children's groups formed, giving boys and girls the opportunity to share their opinions and work together to address issues in their lives.
  • 2 child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 107 functional community-based child protection committees
  • 6 community partners from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors worked with World Vision over the past year, improving the lives of children.
  • 507 youth participated in non-farming groups that help generate income, preparing them for better financial stability as adults.
  • 2225 women and men are active members of a local savings group, helping them to become more financially stable.
  • 89 savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
  • 5 groups of farmers are working together to develop and sell their products collectively, helping increase their income and meet their family's needs.
  • 165 farmers learned improved techniques to manage land, crops and livestock, sustainably increasing their farm production and income to help their children.
  • 333 farmers learned improved techniques to manage land, crops and livestock, sustainably increasing their farm production and income to help their children.
  • 1620 households were provided fruit trees
  • 575 youth took part in life skills activities, learning to manage their emotions and improve their communication skills.
  • 283 parents and caregivers attended training on the importance of literacy for children, increasing the support girls and boys have in learning to read.
  • 9 schools have been supported with new books or updated training for teachers, giving students more resources to help them learn.
  • 400 parents and caregivers attended training in early childhood education and development, guiding them on how to support their young child's growth.
  • 740 preschool-aged girls and boys are enrolled in early education, so they can be better prepared to enter primary school.
  • 12 literacy group coordinators scored 80% or above in their training, improving how they educate boys and girls on reading and writing.
Health and Nutrition
  • 2978 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
  • 183 community health workers engaged in community outreach for acute malnutrition
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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current conditions

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The needs in Nyange

Health Care
In Nyange, access to quality health care services is an ongoing issue, particularly for mothers, newborns and children under five. Many families lack the medical insurance needed to receive proper health care, which can result in issues such as low child birth registration or prolonged bouts of sicknesses such as malaria or diarrhea. In this community, sensitization on HIV and AIDS prevention is still lacking with many children affected by the disease.

Nyange's residents also struggle to find clean and safe drinking water year-round and many do not have proper sanitation facilities close to home. In fact, only 32.46 per cent of people reported being able to access proper sanitary washrooms at all. Hygiene practices that are key to maintaining good health often go unrecognized or unpracticed.

Economic Development
Nationally, Rwanda categorizes the socioeconomic status of communities using a system called Ubudehe. This system also refers to the Rwandan practice of collectively working to solve community problems. In Nyange, families battling extreme poverty rank at the very bottom of the list. For those working in agriculture or farming, issues including poor soil, climate change, outdated farming practices and lack of resources and training means only 23.61 per cent of caregivers earn enough income to provide well for their families.

For many children, this is most often felt in the lack of nutritious, varied meals. In fact, just under half of all families in Nyange struggle to achieve sufficient dietary diversity in their daily meals and the community at large faces food shortages for at least two months of the year. As a result, at least 86.23 per cent of youths report having insufficient access to food regularly and at least 46 per cent of children are stunted.

In Nyange, students struggle to complete their education with comprehensive knowledge or skills with at least 3.95 per cent who drop out altogether. Schools are overcrowded with too few teachers, most of whom lack training on newer, more active methods of engaging students. This in combination with poor access to updated learning materials often keeps students from mastering their literacy and numeracy skills.

In the entire community, only 11.38 per cent of youth feel that they are thriving and working towards achievable goals. Health issues or hunger can also distract students from their studies.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Nyange,  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.