Gainth Pathé

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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 in the next few years:

Gainth Pathé is a rural area in Senegal, comprised of 54 small villages. Of the 18,672 residents, nearly 60% are under age 18. The main ethnic group in the area, the Wolof, represent 80% of the population.

The area is remote, with few roads. Villages are mostly connected by sandy tracks, and during the rainy season, these routes often become impassable. Children in the area lack access to basic services like education and health care facilities. Across the 54 villages, there are only two health posts, two head nurses and two midwives.

Most families are dependent on small-scale farming, with the main crops being peanuts, millet, sorghum, maize, sesame, cowpeas, or cotton. But due to a shortage of agricultural equipment, poor seed quality and poor soil, nutrition and hunger hit residents during certain times of the year.
The vision for Gainth Pathé is to see a place where all children receive quality services, are healthy, well nourished, educated, and protected. To achieve this, World Vision will work with the community across several key sectors.

To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Advocate for the construction of new schools.
  • Provide teacher training and enhance the instruction children receive.
  • Increase the amount of teaching materials teachers have at their disposal.
  • Increase enrollment of children in school and help ensure children stay in school.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Rehabilitate health huts in remote villages.
  • Strengthen the health system at the community level by revitalizing health committees.
  • Build a pharmacy storehouse
  • Promote breastfeeding, birth spacing and improve access to skilled birth attendants.
  • Increase access to treated mosquito nets.
  • Promote a more well-balanced diet based on locally produced and available foods.

To improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable households. World Vision will:
  • Build seed storage facilities.
  • Improve access to credit and savings groups, especially for women.
  • Fight land degradation.
  • Install new wells and boreholes.
  • Support poultry farming, cattle fattening, beekeeping, fruit growing, and dairy plants.

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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 Gainth Pathé

Health Care
Many health challenges face children in Gainth Pathé. Only 42% of infant deliveries have a health care professional present (midwife, nurse or doctor), which leads to preventable deaths when complications arise. Rates of malnutrition are also high, with 24% of children underweight. On top of these issues, there is an insufficient supply of medicine, a shortage of health facilities, and an inadequate number of health professionals

Children face barriers in accessing schools and quality education across Gainth Pathé. 18 primary schools support the 57 villages, meaning only a third of villages have access to a school. Inaccessibility to schools is compounded by insufficient numbers of teachers and low literacy rates across the area. A further obstacle in children’s attendance is difficulty in paying school fees for children from large families. Finally, there is an absence of preschools supporting the youngest children in Gainth Pathé.

With 70% of the population reliant on agriculture for their income, there is a need for further investments to help families achieve a secure livelihood. A lack of seeds, old farming equipment, the presence of pests that wipe out crops, and degradation of soil all contribute to low yields on farms. When strong crops do occur, a further challenge exists in accessing markets for goods due to the isolation of the area.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Gainth Pathé 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.