Ketumbeine'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 Ketumbeine (pronounced kay-toom-bay-ee-nay) community is located in the north-eastern part of Tanzania. The land is dry and rainfall is unpredictable. Most precipitation comes in the early spring. As nearly all of the people here are Maasai, whose pastoral culture is based on herding livestock, the prolonged dry seasons and drought can be devastating.

Most of the families suffer from malnutrition, and 83% of households survive on less than $1 a day. Dependency on livestock as the sole source of income is a root cause of poverty. In addition, the culture is largely patriarchal, and the rights of young girls and women are often not upheld. The rite-of-passage of female genital mutilation is common, and associated with it are early, and sometimes forced, marriages and early pregnancies.
Child Protection
  • 13 women and men learned about child safety and protection issues, helping to change attitudes and behaviours to better protect girls and boys.
  • 400 boys and girls received a birth certificate, allowing them to assert their rights as citizens.
  • 4 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.
  • 3 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.
  • 1 joint plan was drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 1 planning activities was carried out with community partners, co-ordinating the work of local group and organisations to focus on helping children.
  • 13 reading clubs meet minimum standards, helping children to read and develop good reading habits.
  • 93 local volunteers have participated in literacy training, improving how they support children learning to read and write.
  • 27 youth participated in non-farming groups that help generate income, preparing them for better financial stability as adults.
  • 25 adults and youth attended vocational or technical training to learn new skills, increasing their employment potential and business understanding.
Health and Nutrition
  • 25 groups addressed nutrition-related issues
* 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:
  • Increase enrolment in primary school for both boys and girls.
  • Train primary school teachers in better pedagogical methods.
  • Educate community leaders and volunteers on children's right to an education.
  • Build classrooms, dormitories, and teachers residences.
  • Encourage children to participate in community meetings and committees and advocate for their education.
  • Provide parents with adult literacy education.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Facilitate training for health care workers.
  • Ensure that health workers conduct visits to mothers in the community who cannot reach their facilities.
  • Provide information about the preparation of nutritious meals for children from locally available foods.
  • Encourage community members to raise small animals to provide an additional source of food for their families.
  • Train community leaders, health workers, and local committees to educate the community on the prevention and management of diarrhea and malaria.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Form health clubs in schools to promote life skills training and HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention.
  • Train community leaders, health workers, and local committees to educate community members of all ages about the prevention and management of HIV and AIDS.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Build charcoal dams and harvest rainwater at schools and dispensaries.
  • Build improved water sources.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Ketumbeine can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Support those who raise livestock with training on animal disease management and animal vaccination.
  • Train farmers to grow drought-resistant crops and improve farming techniques.
  • Improve access to improved seeds and proper grain storage facilities.
  • Increase farmers knowledge and skills in irrigation.
  • Train groups in vegetable and fruit farming techniques to increase nutritional yield and intake.
  • Improve access of beekeepers to modern beehives and new techniques.
  • Provide women's groups with training in entrepreneurial skills and the management of small businesses selling Maasai beaded ornaments.
  • Improve household access to micro-credit facilities and encourage their participation in saving and credit cooperatives.
  • Encourage the formation of community-based organizations and the development of leadership skills.

Explore Ketumbeine

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 Ketumbeine

Neglected schools, poorly equipped teachers, and a lack of awareness about the importance of education have kept Ketumbeine's children from building a better future. There is a low level of literacy in the pastoral community, as the care of animals is often considered more important than getting a formal education. Most parents have not received much formal education themselves, and don't consider it a priority for their children. Girls school attendance is very low, and children's right to an education is largely unknown.

Teachers are deterred from working in the area as the harsh environment makes living conditions and even transportation difficult. There is a lack of teacher training, and most classrooms don't have enough space, supplies, or furniture to create a suitable learning environment. Over 25% of children in primary school must travel over 5 km every day, which negatively impacts attendance and increases the dropout rate.

Health Care
Families in Ketumbeine lack access to proper health care and nutritious food. It is difficult for many people to receive medical services and reach care dispensaries, and as a result, many health problems go untreated and preventable illnesses become serious concerns.

Ketumbeine is a very conservative community, but neighbouring areas have a high prevalence of HIV and AIDS. The travel of young people between the community and other locations for employment puts them at risk of contracting one or both of the illnesses. This leads to further health problems.

Water and Sanitation
In 2007, an earthquake and volcanic eruptions occurred nearly simultaneously, causing the destruction of water sources and systems in some areas of the community. While the government tried to solve the water shortage, there are still women who travel at least 5 km a day to search for water for their families. The water that is available is often from unprotected sources, and is not clean.

Economic Development
Long drought seasons have jeopardized Ketumbeine's grazing pastures for many years, especially the severe drought in 2005 and 2006, which caused many families to face food shortages. In 2007, more livestock died from grazing in pastures spoiled by volcanic ashes, and families food and income was further depleted.

Currently, the average milk production for a local cow is low, and efforts are needed to improve the breed and address feeding issues and veterinary services. Crop sizes are small, as most of the land is sloped, and farming techniques are so poor that three-acre farms often only produce two to three bags (100 kg) of maize per acre, which is less than half of the expected average yield.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Ketumbeine,  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.