Kpaka-Krim's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Kpaka Krim community is located almost 300 km from Freetown, the capital city. The area is largely rain forest, interspersed with swamps that are often used for rice farming. There are two seasons: the rainy season, which runs from April to October, and the dry season, which lasts from November to March.

Most families here are subsistence farmers, attempting to grow enough food for themselves and their livestock, but often experiencing food shortages. The staple food is rice, while cassava and rubber are other major crops. During the rainy season, flooding can destroy family livelihoods and prevent children from attending school or getting medical treatment. Many of the children suffer from malnutrition and illness. Due to poverty and harmful customs, children often drop out of school for early marriage or child labour.
Child Protection
  • 5 child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 3 hazard risk reduction plans, strategies, policies, disaster preparedness and contingency plans were developed and put in place
  • 6 planning activities were carried out with community partners, co-ordinating the work of local groups and organisations to focus on helping children.
  • 50 school board members attended training sessions, helping them learn to function as a group and implement initiatives to improve education.
Community Development
  • 5 communities and stakeholders were involved in the development of plans, policies and strategies related to community disaster preparedness plans
  • 2 capacity building events were conducted with faith communities.
  • 4 churches and faith-based organizations are involved in holistic ministry.
  • 5 boys and girls took part in faith-based activities, deepening their understanding of God's love for them, others and nature.
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene
  • 60 households received hygiene training and now have hand-washing facilities with soap, enabling families to improve hygiene at home and reduce diseases.
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Construct, rehabilitate, and equip existing schools to improve the learning environment.
  • Organize training for teachers to enhance quality of instruction children receive.
  • Train school committees in effective school management.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Construct, equip, and rehabilitate health care facilities.
  • Provide training for health workers.
  • Educate mothers about the importance of breastfeeding, and how to prepare balanced, nutritious meals using locally available foods.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Educate community members of all ages on children's rights, especially girls right to a good education.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Support the construction of water pumps, and train water management committees and pump technicians.
  • Provide community education on hygiene and good health practices, and promote the construction of latrines.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Kpaka Krim provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Train women's groups in improved farming techniques.
  • Form livelihood networks, whose members will support one other with farming issues.
  • Provide parents with business and entrepreneurial training.
  • Establish and equip vocational skills training centres.
  • Help families to start small businesses in food processing and craftsmanship.

Explore Kpaka-Krim

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 Kpaka-Krim

Children in Kpaka Krim often have to walk over 10 km to get to school. Due to factors like poor classroom conditions, a lack of trained teachers, and inadequate school management, children usually perform poorly on their exams. 57% percent of the children who attend school drop out before their final primary school examinations, and 2/3 of those dropouts are girls. In fact, very few girls receive a formal education, due to early marriage and teenage pregnancy.

Health Care
Kpaka Krim suffers from a severe lack of health care services and trained health workers. People travel long distance to reach distant health centres, and many lives are lost along the way. Women of childbearing age are particularly vulnerable. They resort instead to visiting poorly trained traditional birth attendants and fraudulent practitioners, with serious health consequences. Children often suffer from malaria, worm infestation, and diarrhea, and child malnutrition is common.

Child Protection
Many parents place a greater value on traditional beliefs than on formal education, and send their children to teachers of religious instruction instead of to school. There, children are often poorly fed and clothed, and subjected to child labour. Children's right to an education is generally undervalued, and many are married young or must work to support their families rather than attend school.

Water and Sanitation
49% of families in Kpaka Krim do not have access to safe water, and 72% lack proper latrines. Limited knowledge of sanitation and hygiene practices puts people at risk of waterborne and sanitation-related diseases.

Economic Development
During the rainy season, flooding in some areas of Kpaka Krim destroys crops in the fields before they can be harvested, decimating families livelihoods. Some households, especially those headed by women, live on less than $1 per day. As a result, they are unable to provide adequately for their children. Many parents can't afford their children's school expenses or medical care. This has negative impacts on the education and health of their children, as well as their development as a family and community.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kpaka-Krim,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.