Salemata's Community News

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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 Salemata community is located about 705 km from Dakar, the country's capital. It is bordered by the Niokolo Koba National Park and the country of Guinea. The terrain is flat to the west and rugged in the southeast, with the presence of plateaus and hills.

With an average annual rainfall between 1,000- 1,100 mm, the area is one of the wettest in the country. The rainy season is 4-5 months in length and is subject to the harmattan winds that blow from October to April. Lower temperatures of around 15℃ occur in January, while high temperatures reach 39℃ in May. Vegetation is characterized by dense savannah and forest. The forests however, do suffer from deforestation and unregulated exploitation of its resources. Animal species found in the area include warthogs, monkeys, hyenas, hares, and other small ruminants. The area is rich in resources, particularly gold. Some ares of the community are home to large numbers of casual workers from neighbouring regions and countries who come to participate in the mining, which has caused a variety of social issues. Child labour in the mining industry is also common.
Child Protection
  • 27  adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 108  mothers and fathers regularly attended parent support groups, learning how to improve their relationships with their children and each other.
  • 15  women and men from community partner groups took part in training, learning how to work more effectively to improve the well-being of children.
  • 17  people got information about World Vision and how it operates, learning its priority to keep children safe and how to share feedback or concerns.
  • 27  people attended advocacy meetings, enabling them to become agents of change and monitor progress in their community.
  • 118  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.
  • 1760  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.
  • 42  new savings groups were formed, helping mothers and fathers work toward greater financial stability and meet their children's needs.
  • 338  community members were clients of a microfinance institution, giving them access to low-interest loans and help support their families.
  • 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.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 27 people now have access to improved sanitation facilities
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Improve children's access to education by promoting enrolment and involving community members in the management of schools.
  • Increase parent and community involvement in their children's education and related activities.
  • Develop functional literacy, particularly for women and children.
  • Raise awareness of children's rights and child protection issues, such as the right to an education.
  • Improve students learning conditions through teacher skill training.
  • Build the region's first ever information and technology centre to support youth learning computer skills and increase their future opportunities.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Provide training for health care staff.
  • Improve the accessibility of health facilities through construction and renovation, and equip them with medicines and medical equipment.
  • Promote vitamin supplementation and micronutrient intake, as well as deworming and vaccination campaigns.
  • Develop household production of fruits and vegetables to improve children's nutrition.
  • Train peer educators and community leaders on issues related to HIV and AIDS.
  • Organize clubs in schools to share HIV and AIDS prevention information and to support orphans.
  • Sensitize community members on good sanitation practices.
  • Build latrines and establish safety committees for proper waste management.

Explore Salemata

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 Salemata

Many children in Salemata do not attend school. Access to primary schools is a challenge for children from the more remote areas of the community. A high percentage of girls do not attend school or are forced to drop out because of traditional customs that keep girls at home, such as doing domestic chores and marrying and having children early in life.

The quality of school instruction children receive is also limited by many factors, such as the repeated absence of teachers and teacher strikes. There is also a lack of teacher motivation due to the remoteness and isolation of the area.

Health Care
There are many challenges in Salemata that prevent people from enjoying good health. Maternal and infant mortality rates are particularly high. There is a lack of drinking water and low immunization coverage. 60% of children suffer from malnutrition, which is the result of poor diet combined with their parents lack of knowledge concerning good nutrition. Health centres in the area are under equipped, medical staff is poorly trained, and equipment is outdated. There are only one private and three public health centres for a community of 4,500 people.

The physical terrain makes it difficult for families to access health infrastructure, as most roads are difficult to manoeuvre. There is only one ambulance to evacuate patients with serious health conditions, such as women with risky pregnancies. Many patients are carried on a person's back, or in a hammock or a wheelbarrow.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Salemata,  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.