Pathana'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 Pathana community is located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Most families here earn less than $40 a month working as wage labourers on tea estates, where they live in crowded barracks on the estates. Parents feel trapped in poverty, with no land to cultivate and no alternative sources of income.

Lack of privacy and rampant alcoholism mean that children, especially girls, are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Child labour is common, with children joining the estate workforce to help their families survive.
A few highlights of the impact achieved from our recent program evaluation:
  • 88% of youth have a birth certificates, compared to 84% before, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling.
  • 88% of children received all age-appropriate vaccines to help protect them from diseases, compared to 81% before.
  • The percentage of children under five that are underweight, as a result from malnoutrishment, has decreased from 32% to 30%.
  • 57% of children are able to read and understand the material, compared to 46% before.
  • 97% of children are attending preschools, compared to 90% before, setting a solid foundation for their education.
  • 92% of youth have benefitted from training equipping them to lead a more productive life, compared to only 88% before.
  • 72% of children are now eating a more balanced diet compared to 61% before, thanks to nutrition training for parents.
  • 66% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding their babies, compared to 49% before, to give them a healthy start to life.
Child Protection
  • 140 girls and boys are now registered in children groups
  • 13 child protection meetings and advocacy initiatives were led by community members, helping to inform the government on ways to keep children safe.
  • 279 people got information about World Vision and how it operates, learning its priority to keep children safe and how to share feedback or concerns.
  • 32 community partners and groups made contributions that improve the well-being of children, helping to build a safer community for boys and girls.
  • 5 training opportunities were provided for community partners, equipping them to improve the lives of children.
  • 8 community partners were actively engaged in the feedback and response system, working more effectively to safeguard and address children's needs.
  • 15 partners completed micro projects to address child well-being issues
  • 31 schools with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, so that students are better prepared for and protected in emergency situations.
  • 17 local communities with an up-to-date disaster preparedness plan, helping ensure that more girls and boys will be prepared for and protected in a crisis.
Health and Nutrition
  • 13 groups addressed nutrition-related issues
  • 383 families now have an improved shelter
  • 920 school-aged children were trained in nutrition and nutrition-related topics
Community Development
  • 15 partners completed micro projects to address child well-being issues
  • 13 initiatives taken by school attendance committees to reduce irregular attendance
  • 3 early child care and development management committees were established to monitor the quality of early child education centres
  • 49 local reading materials were developed and distributed in the last 6 months
  • 55 teachers were trained to provide inclusive, special needs education to children with disabilities
  • 620 parents, caregivers and community members were trained to increase their participation in children's education
  • 235 parents and caregivers attended training on the importance of literacy for children, increasing the support girls and boys have in learning to read.
  • 26 literacy group coordinators scored 80% or above in their training, improving how they educate boys and girls on reading and writing.
  • 5 reading clubs meet minimum standards, helping children to read and develop good reading habits.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 29 water source points had their water quality measured
  • 5 water safety plans or water source protection plans were developed
  • 511 households now have a solid waste management system
  • 581 households now have access to improved sanitation facilities
  • 8 improved gender-separated latrine stalls on premises of health facilities
  • 987 individuals received awareness or training on household level solid waste management
  • 1213 students who attended health and hygiene training now actively practise good hygiene habits, so they can better protect themselves from diseases.
  • 2515 more people now have a new water source within 30 minutes of their home, providing families with year-round access to clean drinking water.
  • 598 people participated in hygiene training, campaigns or committees, learning habits to stay healthy and clean, such as washing their hands.
  • 8 health and hygiene clubs or programmes were established in schools, helping students learn about clean water, hygiene and good sanitation habits.
  • 8 water and sanitation committees received training, learning how to maintain the village water source and provide cleaner water for children.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Explore Pathana

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 Pathana

Literacy levels in the Pathana community are below the national average. Families are not informed about the value of education, and many children drop out of school or attend irregularly. Most girls leave school by the time they are 16, either to work on the tea estates or to marry. Schools are poorly equipped and lack qualified teachers. Growing up on the tea estates, children have limited access to preschools and early education opportunities.

As a result of low income and lack of land on which to grow vegetables or raise livestock, families do not have proper access to food throughout the year. Children either do not get enough food, or what they do eat is missing nutritional variety. Families are not educated about nutrition and feeding, which has led to a rise in malnourishment, especially among children.

Community Leadership
Community members of all ages, but especially women and children, are unable to advocate for their needs and there is no government support available to them.

Water and Sanitation
Access to water and sanitation facilities in Pathana is low, and good hygiene and sanitation behaviours are not taught or practiced.

Economic Development
Families in Pathana have been working on tea estates for generations and do not own farmland that would enable them to bolster and diversify their income generation.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Pathana,  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.