Paroumba's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

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.
Child Protection
  • 1,497 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 31 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 36 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 5 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 84 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 220 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 5 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
  • 121 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 3,921 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans

*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Offer equal opportunities to both boys and girls to enrol in and regularly attend school, as well as pass their exams. Improve the quality of education in schools by supporting teacher training.
  • Support literacy centres for children who have dropped out of school or are unable to attend the public school system.
  • Strengthen school management systems by supporting parents committees and government education departments.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Educating community members about preventive health care methods, including malaria and good hygiene awareness campaigns.
  • Reinforce prevention and treatment of malnutrition.
  • Establish effective community-based health delivery and prevention services.
  • Create community health insurance programs so that people have access to funds to pay for the cost of transportation, medicines, and health care when needs arise.
  • Increase opportunities for access to preventive health services.
  • Promote a productive partnership between the community and the local health authorities.

To ensure parents in Paroumba can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Organize economically viable micro-enterprises for families to raise income, such as irrigated vegetable gardens and milk processing units to make yogurt.
  • Establish functional market economies that stimulate improved business for agricultural products, as well as savings.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Implement awareness-raising campaigns about the spread and prevention of HIV, AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Increase the number and quality of community-based organizations to care for community members living with the illness.

Explore Paroumba

current conditions

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

The needs in Paroumba

A large percentage of school-age children are not enrolled in school, and the dropout rate is quite high. Parents are often unwilling to send their children to school, and the distance children must travel to attend is often very far. In addition, many schools lack a full schooling cycle, so children can only study up to a certain grade. Youth are often more motivated to migrate out of the area, and girls involvement in household maintenance and early marriage also prevents them from receiving an education.

Health Care
People in Paroumba face many challenges in accessing quality health care. There is significant lack of health infrastructure and human resources. There are only 2 doctors per 171,460 inhabitants, which is below the national average ratio of 1:13,000, and significantly below the World Health Organization's standard of 1:3,000. The absence of registered midwives also contributes to the difficulties faced by mothers and their children.

Out of the 66 health centres, more than 50 are not functional due to the lack of qualified medical personnel. Access to health facilities is also a challenge due to the lack of good roads and the inaccessibility of the majority of neighbourhoods during the rainy season. Health and nutritional education services are virtually non-existent. Malaria, diarrhea, and acute respiratory diseases are the primary illnesses affecting people.

The people in Paroumba practice extensive agriculture as their principal source of revenue. Sorghum, peanuts, and cotton are the main food crops. However, farmers do not have the equipment they need, and their production is limited by difficulty accessing loans. Animal husbandry is the predominant activity during the dry season. During the peak of the dry season, however, the survival of livestock remains a great challenge, as uncontrolled land clearing and bush fires result in shortages of foraging space and a lack of food. The weaknesses or lack of local savings and insufficient information on credit structures also adds to the challenges.

The incidence of sexually transmitted infections is very high in Paroumba, as the community is located near the border with neighbouring countries. This leads to an increase in people's movement, and makes it very difficult to prevent and monitor the spread of HIV and STIs.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Paroumba,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.