The community of Kandia has graduated

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:

Child Protection
  • 10 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 161 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 2 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 250 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 7 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children

  • 178 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 4 spiritual nurture clubs are giving children a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 896 children are participating clubs that nurture their faith in God and equip them with positive values
  • 832 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • Livelihood
  • 140 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 3,390 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans

Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Kandia

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

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!