Kounkane's Community is graduating

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In 2018, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Local people and organizations have been equipped to take over and lead the community's development - and that is something to celebrate!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Koukane has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Kounkane community is located in the region of Kolda, 650 kilometres southeast of Dakar, the country's capital. Like most rural areas in Senegal, it is dotted with mud houses with thatched roofs.

The climate is characterized by the rainy season from June and October and the dry season from November to May, during which the dust-laden, cool harmattan winds blow across the area. Average temperatures are quite high, reaching a maximum of 45℃ , but can also drop to 25℃ .

The population is composed predominantly of the nomadic Fulani ethnic group. Almost ¾ of the population are women and children under the age of 15. The main occupation in the community is farming. Sorghum, maize, peanuts, and cotton are the main crops. The major sources of potable water in the zone are traditional shallow wells, most of which dry up during the dry season. As a result, access to potable water remains the priority of the majority of families.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Kounkane has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!  
  • 10 wells, 100 public taps, 4 water towers and over 70 km of pipeline are providing safe water for drinking and household needs
  • 16,847 children are now enrolled in school, compared to less than 10,000 in 2000
  • 186 nutrition groups and a 72% increase in exclusive breastfeeding helped reduce children’s malnutrition by 16%.
  • 32 health centres were outfitted, helping to reduce infant mortality from 78/1000 to 4/1000.
  • 23 community gardens, 20 grain mills and 3 milk processing operations have increased family incomes.
*Results for this community updated for 2018

Explore Kounkane

current conditions

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Celebrate with Kounkane

Today, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency. Because of the dedication and partnership of Canadians like you, the community is empowered and ready to continue developing on its own—and that’s something to celebrate!
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kounkane has completed Phase 3 in 2018

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!