The needs in Missirah

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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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.
To ensure more children receive a quality education, World Vison will partner with the community to:
  • Increase the number of children who attend school, especially girls and children with disabilities
  • Organize more summer recreation programs and literacy classes
  • Offer specialized trainings for women and girls
  • Ensure preschools are providing quality early childhood learning opportunities
  • Train more teachers and provide improved school supplies
  • Encourage parents to play active roles in their child’s education
Child protection
To ensure everyone in the community understands and respects the rights of children, World Vision will:
  • Educate the community about children’s rights
  • Create a network of citizens to help defend children and promote child rights
  • Implement clubs for children where they can grow and develop creativity and self-esteem
  • Organize Child Parliaments in schools as a way for children to practice having their voices heard
  • Reduce the number of children who get married before the age of eighteen

Explore Missirah

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

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.