The community of Kandia has graduated

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In 2019, 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 Kandia 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 Kandia 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 cool, dust-laden harmattan winds blow across the area. Average temperatures are quite high, reaching 45℃ , but also dropping at times 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 is farming. Sorghum, maize, peanuts, and cotton are the main crops. The major sources of potable water in the area 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 the community.
People in Kandia are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

  • Primary school completion rate for girls increased from 65% to 74% over 8 years
  • Functionally literate rate increased from 11% to 33% over 5 years
  • 2,833 children are participating in 17 clubs, helping them improve their self-awareness, advance peace and stay in school
  • 358 teachers were trained in reading and mathematics
  • 1,250 children participated in a home reinforcement program to continue their education outside normal class hours
Health and Nutrition
  • 123 health workers were trained on the management of acute malnutrition in children
  • 26 community members were trained on the prevention and management of childhood illnesses
  • 4 health centers were equipped with materials to better care for children and families
  • 4,213 people benefitted from the mutual health insurance
  • 2,299 women are now part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 883 farmers received technical support to develop and diversify their income-generating activities
  • 424 farmers derive all or a portion of their income from agricultural activities
  • 430 farmers increased their profit because of diversified income-generating activities
  • The proportion of youth or parents who can afford to save money increased to 42%
*Results for this community updated for 2019

Explore Kandia

current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kandia has completed Phase 3 in 2019.

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!