Ketumbeine'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 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
  • 143 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 19 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 4 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 475 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 475 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 18 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 18 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 38 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 82 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant 

  • 1,480 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 20 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 257 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 5 gardens are in place for community members to grow fresh produce, improving children's access to healthy food
  • 65 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 38 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
*Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
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.