Missirah

Missirah's Community News

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 year:


The community of Missirah is home to more than 50,000 residents, including 16,400 children. The region is made up of many small villages and surrounding forests have caused many loggers to move to the area for work. Unfortunately, this influx of loggers has contributed to steady deforestation. Climate change has had a noticeable impact on reducing rainfall, and higher-than-average temperatures have caused an increase in devastating wildfires.
 
While most of the residents are farmers, the soil quality is poor and unyielding. Raising livestock is also a common income source, however accessing water for the animals is difficult during droughts and a lack of trained veterinarians means diseases can wipe out herds. A decentralized government means much of the decision making is left to the communities, with leadership provided by village chiefs, government council representatives and religious leaders.
Child Protection
  • 15 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 294 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 4,010 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 42 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 48 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
Education
  • 18 cultural and recreational clubs are giving children a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 53 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 540 children are participating in clubs to develop new skills, have fun and build friendships
  • 7 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore Missirah

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 Missirah

Education
 
In Missirah, there are a lack of qualified teachers and teaching materials. Schools often go on strike because of limited support, causing children to miss out on important parts of their education. Many children drop out of school altogether to help support their families. Girls often leave school early to get married or help with domestic responsibilities. Parents are often occupied with work and play a limited role in their children’s education. 
 
Children with disabilities suffer the most discrimination and are not able to attend to school due to the inaccessible environments. As a result, most are forced to remain at home instead of pursuing their education.
 
Child protection
 
Child rights and protections are an unfamiliar area for both adults and children in the community. Children are often required to partake in taxing farm and domestic work as a way of supporting their families. Few have birth certificates, which risks their ability to stay enrolled in school, as well as renders them invisible to the government. 
 
The voices of children aren’t widely valued, and children are rarely consulted in issues or decision that affect their daily lives. Girls and children living with disabilities are the most disadvantaged, with girls as young as 12 being prepared for marriage, and children with disabilities sometimes rejected by their families.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Missirah,  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.