Missirah

Missirah'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 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
  • 36  child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 1  child protection meeting and advocacy initiative was led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 18  advocacy initiatives about child safety and protection were led by women and children, empowering them to change their community for the better.
  • 2606  adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 1269  adults learned how to access services and information to keep children safe, helping them understand how to build a safer community for children.
  • 18 child protection policies recommending child and youth plans were presented to local governments.
  • 1  joint plan was drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 20  women and men from community partner groups took part in training, learning how to work more effectively to improve the well-being of children.
Education
  • 10  reading clubs meet minimum standards, helping children to read and develop good reading habits.
  • 30  people attended advocacy meetings, enabling them to become agents of change and monitor progress in their community.
Faith
  • 5  meetings or home visits were made by community and faith leaders to support families, providing extra help to parents with the challenges they face.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
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.
Education
  • 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.
Emergency
  • 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
Livelihood
  • 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

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.