Kounkane

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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Kounkane's Community is graduating

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.
  • 1,481 tables and benches were provided to local schools. 
  • 16,847 children are now enrolled in school, compared to less than 10,000 in 2000.
  • 23 schools were supplied with safe water sources and latrines for students.
  • 3,000 students now have their births registered, meaning they have an identity in the eyes of their government and can continue their studies.
  • 7 volunteer-run reading clubs are improving literacy and encouraging community involvement in children’s education.
  • Koukane is now home to 72 primary schools, 8 middle schools, 2 high schools, 10 preschools and one vocational training school.
  • Maternal mortality rates dropped from 30/1000 to 5.9/1000 since 2000.
  • 120 community health volunteers were trained to teach families about health and nutrition, and strategies for preventing illnesses like diarrhea and malaria.
  • Immunization of children under two has increased by 63%.
  • 300 new latrines and 156 handwashing stations are improving community health and sanitation.
  • 1,581 women are members of savings groups where they can save for the future and access small loans.
  • 14 cereal banks provide food security for lean seasons.
  • 50% of families have a second source of income, compared to just 2% in 2000.
  • 100% of families have adopted good environmental conservation methods.
  • 89% of families report having access to credit, compared to just 1% in 2000.
  • 100% of families say they have a strategy for dealing with disasters.
  • The percentage of families with enough food year-round has more than doubled.
  • 60 children have been trained to detect and report cases of abuse.
  • Early marriage dropped from 60% to 13%.
  • 78% of children aged 12 to 18 have proof of identity—an increase of 54% since 2000.
  • 76% of children report participating in decisions that affect their lives, compared to essentially 0% in 2000.
  • 23 community gardens, 20 grain mills and 3 milk processing operations have increased family incomes.
  • 89% of families have access to credit, with 63 savings groups where members are granted small loans.
  • 32 health centres were outfitted, helping to reduce infant mortality from 78/1000 to 4/1000.
  • 186 nutrition groups and a 72% increase in exclusive breastfeeding helped reduce children’s malnutrition by 16%.
  • 27 primary schools were built, and just 1% of students drop out now, thanks in part to a 47% decrease in early marriage.
  • 90% of children are enrolled in preschool, giving them a strong educational foundation.
  • Children have better access to quality education and support from their community.
  • Access to safe water, expanded medical services and community education have improved family health.
  • Incomes have gone up and 90% of parents say they can provide for their children’s needs.

Explore Kounkane

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

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!