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
  • 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