The community of Paroumba is graduating

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Paroumba’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all its children, not just those who are sponsored. They are now transitioning to self-sufficiency. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Paroumba get there. Thank you! 

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Paroumba 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 Paroumba community is located approximately 670km from the Dakar, the country's capital, in southeastern corner of Senegal. The majority of the population are of Fulani ethnicity.

The climate is characterized by hot, dry winds that raise temperatures to 40°C for 6-8 months of the year. Access to potable water is a major problem, despite the presence of small streams and the fact that the water table is located between 5 and 30 metres. The vegetation is comprised of shrubs and trees, with an important grass cover. The landscape suffers from repeated bush fires, clearing, and abusive exploitation from charcoal producers.

Paroumba is predominantly rural, with more than 90% of the population making a living from rain-fed agricultural and raising livestock. The area leads the country in cotton production, and is the second largest producer of mangoes, bananas, and revenue from peanuts. Despite these favourable economic conditions however, the region is still the poorest in Senegal.
People in Paroumba are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the accomplishments:

Child Protection
  • 1  child protection meeting and advocacy initiative was led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 767  adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 50  people got information about World Vision and how it operates, learning its priority to keep children safe and how to share feedback or concerns.
  • 1  joint plan was drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 20  women and men from community partner groups took part in training, learning how to work more effectively to improve the well-being of children.
  • 8  reading clubs meet minimum standards, helping children to read and develop good reading habits.
  • 74  adults and children attended training on what to do during a disaster or emergency, preparing them to help themselves and others in times of crisis.
  • 5  farmers are working together in groups to develop and sell their products, increasing their income so they can better support their children.
  • 259  savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
  • 4967  children who have a parent or caregiver who is part of a local savings group, helping the adults to save and cover the costs of their children's needs.
  • 84  new savings groups were formed, helping mothers and fathers work toward greater financial stability and meet their children's needs.
  • 2 cooperative groups are now using formal financial services
  • 3  local communities with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, helping ensure that more girls and boys will be prepared for and protected in a crisis.
  • 192  community members were clients of a microfinance institution, giving them access to low-interest loans and help support their families.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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current conditions

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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Paroumba,  is in Phase 3

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!