Diamagadio's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year:

The rural community of Diamagadio is home to almost 18,000 people and growing. The land is good for farming, however temperature shifts and a lack of crop diversity has begun destroying the soil. Bush fires, illegal tree cutting and charcoal production also threaten the area's natural resources. Drying wells have forced families to drink river water, which often causes diarrhea and other sicknesses. Only 40% of the community has access to clean water.

Some children in Diamagadio are vulnerable to harmful practices. Girls as young as 12 are at risk of early marriage. Birth registration is either neglected or done improperly, preventing children from exercising their rights. Kids also miss out on opportunities for formal education in favour of traditional schools or Daaras. When it comes to health care, infrastructure is poor and many families cannot afford necessary services. New and expecting mothers lack pre and post-natal care and only 35% of them have assistance during childbirth.
Child Protection
  • 5000  adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 30  adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 2  advocacy initiatives about child safety and protection were led by women and children, empowering them to change their community for the better.
  • 10  mothers and fathers regularly attended parent support groups, learning how to improve their relationships with their children and each other.
  • 1  joint plan was drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 13  women and men from community partner groups took part in training, learning how to work more effectively to improve the well-being of children.
  • 5  people got information about World Vision and how it operates, learning its priority to keep children safe and how to share feedback or concerns.
  • 13  local volunteers have participated in literacy training, improving how they support children learning to read and write.
  • 5  reading clubs meet minimum standards, helping children to read and develop good reading habits.
  • 1350  parents and caregivers attended training in early childhood education and development, guiding them on how to support their young child's growth.
  • 30  people attended advocacy meetings, enabling them to become agents of change and monitor progress in their community.
  • 20  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.
Health and Nutrition
  • 750 children of ages 0 to 5 are benefiting from mutual health insurance
  • 230 mothers and caregivers have been educated on caring for children ages of 0-59 months with diarrhea
  • 115  savings groups are active, providing community members with a local place to save money regularly, earn interest and access loans.
  • 6419  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.
  • 152  community members were clients of a microfinance institution, giving them access to low-interest loans and help support their families.
  • 10  new savings groups were formed, helping mothers and fathers work toward greater financial stability and meet their children's needs.
  • 1900  new savings groups were formed, helping mothers and fathers work toward greater financial stability and meet their children's needs.
  • 37  new savings groups were formed, helping mothers and fathers work toward greater financial stability and meet their children's needs.
  • 1  local community 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
  • 319  children now have clean water at their school or education centre, giving them easy access to drinking water and improving their learning environment.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To help children enjoy quality education, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Improve equal access to school for all children, including preschoolers
  • Increase the number of children who are literate and reduce drop-out rates
  • Support teachers with updated training and strengthen school management
  • Create better education systems for students outside of formal schooling

Child Protection
To ensure children can safely grow and develop to their fullest potential, World Vision will work to:
  • Help children be respected participants in decision-making processes that affect them
  • Create safe spaces and promote child rights to ensure children feel protected and nurtured
  • Increase the number of children and youth who have birth registration documents
  • Equip youth with tools and resources to respond to abuse, negligence or exploitation

Health Care
To protect children and their families from preventable and curable diseases, World Vision will help to:
  • Ensure mothers and children have access to quality health services at an affordable cost
  • Reduce malnutrition rates for children and pregnant or nursing mothers
  • Share information on proper hygiene and sanitation practices and reduce avoidable sicknesses
  • Improve clean water access for families and increase number of secured wells

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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 Diamagadio

Access to quality education is limited. Schools cannot support teachers with training and up-to-date resources such as textbooks, and there are no preschools. Families don't always prioritize formal education and as a result, students are often absent and tend to drop-out before reaching high school.

Deeply-rooted traditions can also be a barrier at times. Social customs such as early marriage or child labour often pressure children out of school. Many girls who are at-risk of early marriage are also vulnerable to teenage pregnancy, another issue that threatens their physical health and their future. Children help their families by working in fields or by taking on domestic chores.

Child Protection
Poverty in this community puts children at risk. Some parents who wish to keep their young daughters from getting pregnant will agree to early marriage, in hopes of giving their girls a better life. This in turn forces many of them from school and often, results in teenage motherhood.

Young boys are equally vulnerable. Many attend traditional Daaras or Koranic schools, however these institutions offer little support or resources for students. As a result, many drop out and take to begging in the street or working in the fields. Lack of proper birth registration severely impacts children, they can't be protected by the law and may be kept from receiving health care and an education.

Health Care
Mothers and their children lack access to quality, affordable health care. There are few medical clinics with skilled staff and they often need additional medicine and equipment. Health associations lack the organization and management systems to improve services.

Most of the community does not have access to clean water. There are few protected wells and taps available in the villages. Shifts in temperature have dried up rivers and streams. Hygiene and sanitation systems are also poor and most homes need proper latrines. Villages have open garbage pits and animals graze freely amongst them. These conditions pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of children and their families.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Diamagadio,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.