Matyazo's Community News

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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 Matyazo is home to 28,589 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, poor food diversity and malnutrition are common issues among households.

​ Although most youth report feeling safe in their community, at least 12 per cent of children have reported domestic conflicts as a key source of stress and harm in their daily lives. 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 Protection
  • 4 child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 6 children's groups formed, giving boys and girls the opportunity to share their opinions and work together to address issues in their lives.
  • 65 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.
  • 1734 farmers learned improved techniques to manage land, crops and livestock, sustainably increasing their farm production and income to help their children.
  • 3325 women and men are active members of a local savings group, helping them to become more financially stable.
  • 268 youth took part in life skills activities, learning to manage their emotions and improve their communication skills.
Health and Nutrition
  • 52 children were enrolled in healthy nutrition programs
  • 3512 boys and girls had their height and weight checked, allowing health workers to monitor if children are growing healthy and getting good nutrition.
  • 104 community health workers engaged in community outreach for acute malnutrition
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene
  • 1801 people now have access to improved sanitation facilities
  • 1311 children now have clean water at their school or education centre, giving them easy access to drinking water and improving their learning environment.
  • 13413 patients visited health facilities that had drinking water available on the premises, giving healthcare workers and patients access to clean water.
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Health Care
To improve the health, sanitation and hygiene of families in Matyazo, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Increase 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 Matyazo, we will work together to:
  • Improve the school environment for students and reduce the proportion of children who drop out
  • 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

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current conditions

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The needs in Matyazo

Health Care
In Matyazo, extensive 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.

Matyazo's residents also struggle to find clean and safe drinking water year-round and many do not have proper water facilities within 30 minutes of their home. In fact, only 41.5 per cent of people reported being able to access safe water sources 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 refers also to the Rwandan practice of collectively working to solve community problems. In Matyazo, families struggling with the worst 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 prevents many from earning enough income to provide for their families.

For many children, this is most often felt in the lack of nutritious, varied meals. In fact, only 44.18 per cent of families were found to have sufficient dietary diversity in their daily meals. As a result, many children suffer from hunger and malnutrition, particularly those under the age of five.

In Matyazo, numerous students struggle to complete their education with comprehensive knowledge or skills. In 2013, 243 out of 5,577 primary school students dropped out of school entirely, the majority of them being girls. High drop-out rates in early education are caused by a combination of different factors. One of the factors is that schools are overcrowded with too few teachers.

In addition, a lack of learning materials contributes to students poor literacy and numeracy skills. In the entire community, only 24 per cent of children read with age-appropriate comprehension. Health issues or hunger can also distract students from their studies. As a result, only 41 per cent of youth have completed their primary school education.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Matyazo,  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.