Manonga's Community News

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 Manonga community is located in the Tabora Region of Tanzania, south of Lake Victoria. The rainy season is from November to April, interrupted by dry spells lasting for as long as a month. The rest of the year is very dry, with August and September being the warmest months.

The majority of community members survive on farming and livestock keeping. Food production is low, which has led to child malnutrition. There are very few income opportunities, especially for women and youth. Nearly 60% of the people here live below the poverty line on less than $1 per day. Clean and safe water is scarce, especially during the dry season. Children suffer from waterborne diseases, and many children die from preventable illnesses like malaria. HIV is also prevalent. Orphans, children from families impacted by HIV and AIDS, single mothers, people living with HIV and AIDS, and unemployed youth are especially vulnerable to poverty and malnutrition. Orphans are at great risk of dropping out of school because of poverty and extra responsibilities for survival.
A few highlights of the Impact achieved from our recent program evaluation
  • The percentage of children under five who are underweight as a result from malnourishment has decreased from 21% to 9%.
  • 65% of children with diarrhoea received proper treatment, compared to 50% before.
  • 96% of pregnant women were tested and counselled for HIV as part of their antenatal care, compared to 86% before.
  • 47% of children are able to read and understand the material, compared to 37% before.
  • 95% of children are now enrolled in school, compared to 38% before.
  • 95% of youth report that they have enough food to eat everyday, compared to 89% before.
  • 57% of families are earning an income to better provide for their children, compared to 42% before.
Child Protection
  • 1,121 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 11 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 40 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 1,280 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 1,363 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 10 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 220 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 37 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 8,637 children received deworming medication to treat intestinal worm infections and protect them from future health issues
  • 109 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 148 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 20 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 459 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 750 people harvested nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Partner with the government, religious leaders, and other agencies to prevent malaria.
  • Educate community members about the importance of going to health centres for treatment.
  • Construct additional health centres.
  • Support children and women with immunization, vitamin A supplements, and deworming medication.

In partnership with sponsors, World Vision will work with families in the community to:
  • Train farmers in improved farming techniques, including tilling the land with ox-ploughs, using manure to improve soil fertility, and planting early-maturing, high-yielding seed varieties.
  • Promote vitamin-rich food crops like green leafy vegetables and sweet potatoes.
  • Train mothers on infant and child nutrition using locally available foods.
  • Organize farmers into groups so they can learn together and get better prices for their produce.
  • Train families in food processing and preservation to ensure that food is available year-round.
  • Provide fruit trees to protect the environment and give children a sustainable source of nutritious fruits.
  • Provide farmers' groups with dairy cows, goats, and improved poultry, and train them in livestock management.
  • Provide plants to increase vegetation for animal fodder.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate community members of all ages on HIV prevention.
  • Train churches on their role in reducing discrimination and stigma towards people living with HIV and AIDS.
  • Establish community coalitions to provide sustainable community-led are and support for orphans, vulnerable children, and people living with HIV and AIDS.
  • Organize positive-living groups for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Train community members in proper hygiene and sanitation practices.
  • Construct latrines and hand-washing facilities. Build additional community water sources.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Manonga can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Establish savings and credit cooperatives to make loans available for farming and small businesses.
  • Train community members in entrepreneurship and financial management.
  • Support the community to establish a vocational training centre.
  • Provide supports for orphans so they can continue their education and skills and vocational training.
  • Establish income-generating activities, especially for women, to enable to them to provide for their children.

Explore Manonga

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 Manonga

Health Care
There are only three health units in Manonga, and only 28% of community members have easy access to health care services by trained staff. Due to the distance of health centres from their homes, families generally don't seek medical help unless their illness is extremely severe. Very few births take place at medical centres, and only 46% of community members are immunized.

Diarrhea prevalence is 45%, while malaria prevalence is even higher and affects about 49% of the community. This is a serious problem because malaria causes many deaths, especially among young children.

Crop yields in Manonga are low, so families often run out of food before the next harvest. Livestock production is poor, especially during the dry season when there is not enough vegetation for animals to eat or water for them to drink. Only 16% of households have enough food year-round.

Local malnutrition rates are alarming, as 30% of community members are moderately malnourished, and 10% suffer from severe malnutrition. Young children are the most vulnerable to malnutrition. It makes them more susceptible to disease, and slows their physical growth and school performance. Some even die from malnutrition.

HIV prevalence is high in Manonga at 11.7%, and only 25% of community members know how HIV can be prevented. There is a high level of stigma towards people living with HIV and AIDS, and there is little community-led support or income for orphans and people living with HIV and AIDS.

Water and Sanitation
Schools, dispensaries, and households in Manonga lack safe, clean water sources. This puts children at risk to suffer greatly from waterborne diseases. Hygiene practices are poor, and only 20% of households have proper latrines.

Economic Development
55.9% of families in Manonga live on less than $1 per day. Banks are non-existent in rural communities like this, so families do not have access to loans to invest in better farming equipment or small businesses. There are very few income opportunities, especially for women and youth.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Manonga,  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.