Manonga's Community News

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months.  
Learn more about our response to COVID-19.

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.
Child Protection
  • 855 women and men learned about child safety and protection issues, helping to change attitudes and behaviours to better protect girls and boys.
  • 14 youth groups were formed, giving children between 12 and 18 years old a place to meet, learn, share their opinions and practise skills they learned.
  • 2 community partners from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors worked with World Vision over the past year, improving the lives of children.
  • 2 potential community partners were identified, laying the foundation for future partnerships that will improve the lives of children.
  • 3 joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 2 formal agreements were signed between community stakeholders, creating partnerships that will improve the well-being of more boys and girls.
  • 30 reading clubs meet minimum standards, helping children to read and develop good reading habits.
  • 413 preschool-aged girls and boys are enrolled in early education, so they can be better prepared to enter primary school.
  • 91 local volunteers have participated in literacy training, improving how they support children learning to read and write.
  • 13 men and women learned to handle negotiations for farmers' co-operatives, helping parents earn more income to support their children.
  • 233 farmers are working together in groups to develop and sell their products, increasing their income so they can better support their children.
  • 221 farmers learned improved techniques to manage land, crops and livestock, sustainably increasing their farm production and income to help their children.
  • 11 disaster preparedness committees are now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.
  • 11 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
  • 3 groups addressed nutrition-related issues
* Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
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.
Read More

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.