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Thanks to the generous support of Canadians, we’ve started work to improve the well-being of children and families in this community. These are a few of the areas we will focus on this next year:

The Kilago community is home to almost 25,000 people, most of whom are Sukuma"the largest ethnic group in Tanzania. The population is spread out among farming homesteads. Farmers grow food crops such as rice, cassava, and potatoes, as well as cash crops such as cotton, and raise livestock as assets. The community relies on rain to water the fields and feed their cattle.

Over the last three years, however, long droughts have impacted crop growth. As a result of poor harvests, family income has dropped and many face food shortages, affecting the growth and development of children. The most vulnerable children are more likely to be denied their rights to things such as education, nutrition, and protection. They are also at risk of participating in child labour to support themselves and their families.

Children and families struggle to access facilities in their rural locale. Students must walk 13 kilometres every day to get to the only secondary school in the district. The community also struggles to access safe drinking water, as there is only one protected well. For many, the search for clean water takes them more than 1,000 metres away from home. The only health care facility in the area is distant and offers limited services. HIV and AIDS affect many and there is little information available on prevention methods.
Child Protection
  • 38 women and men learned about child safety and protection issues, helping to change attitudes and behaviours to better protect girls and boys.
  • 85 boys and girls received a birth certificate, allowing them to assert their rights as citizens.
  • 11 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.
  • 4 formal agreements were signed between community stakeholders, creating partnerships that will improve the well-being of more boys and girls.
  • 2 joint plans were drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 2 potential community partners were identified, laying the foundation for future partnerships that will improve the lives of children.
  • 4 community partners from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors worked with World Vision over the past year, improving the lives of children.
  • 9 reading clubs meet minimum standards, helping children to read and develop good reading habits.
  • 19 farmers benefited from improved irrigation systems
  • 166 vulnerable community members received support from savings groups, so more orphans and vulnerable children had their basic needs met.
  • 5 men and women learned to handle negotiations for farmers' co-operatives, helping parents earn more income to support their children.
  • 125 farmers learned improved techniques to manage land, crops and livestock, sustainably increasing their farm production and income to help their children.
  • 5 disaster preparedness committees are now functional, working to help families prepare for, respond to and recover from times of crisis.
  • 332 women and men are active members of a local savings group, helping them to become more financially stable.
* 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 access to preschool and primary school education for boys and girls.
  • Increase students literacy and numeracy skills in primary grades.
  • Improve classroom-learning environments with teacher training and access to educational resources.
  • Promote the value of education in the community and help parents monitor students progress.
  • Enhance awareness of systems and practices that prevent girls and children with disabilities from accessing education.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Increase families access to healthy foods, especially for pregnant mothers and children under the age of five.
  • Strengthen the community's ability to advocate for their right to quality health facilities and services.
  • Provide training in child and maternal health to improve wellbeing of new and expecting mothers and their children.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Increase community awareness about and care of those living with HIV and AIDS.
  • Provide HIV and AIDS prevention education to pregnant women and children between the ages of five and 15.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Facilitate the adoption of proper hygiene practices and environmental sanitation behaviours in the community.
  • Ensure community members, including children, can access safe, clean drinking water close to home.
  • Empower local leaders to manage water sources and equip them with skills to promote sustainable water usage and sanitation habits
  • Create clubs for children to learn proper hygiene and sanitation practices and become agents of change in their community.

Explore Kilago

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 Kilago

Children in Kilago face many challenges when it comes to accessing quality education. Classrooms are overcrowded and students must walk long distances to get to school. There are nine primary schools with a total of 70 classrooms, but the community needs at least two more schools or a total of 123 classrooms. Schools lack of resources like desks, textbooks, teaching aids, and proper washrooms, and teachers are untrained and unmotivated, all of which affect school enrolment and attendance.

Many students struggle in school and often miss class. Approximately 59-75% of families in Kilago live in extreme poverty and cannot afford to provide for their children's education. Even those who do complete their basic schooling are often without options to pursue academic goals. As a result, most students do not pursue further education or professional skills training.

Health Care
The quality of and access to health care in Kilago is another critical issue affecting children and their families. There are few vital health services available and too few health care workers in the community to teach families about important heath practices and disease prevention. In addition, the only health post is more than 10 kilometres away for some families.

Limited access to quality health services impacts families, especially children and mothers, as they lack treatment of common illnesses, such as malaria and diarrhea. Many children are stunted because they do not receive proper nutrition. This is due to inappropriate feeding practices as well as food shortages.

Another issue is the high prevalence of HIV and AIDS in Kilago. Children and adults in the community lack information on HIV prevention. Without suitable information services, especially amongst school-age children, many youth and adults make choices that leave them at risk of contracting the disease. Little is shared with expecting and nursing mothers about preventing mother-to-child HIV and AIDS transmission.

Water and Sanitation
Children in Kilago struggle to find clean drinking water and practice good hygiene. Long droughts and unreliable rainfall have led to community water shortages, and water that doesn't evaporate is often too far away. Women and girls must trek over 30 minutes to fetch clean water for their homes.

In addition, the community lacks information on how to properly manage existing water sources. As a result, waterborne diseases have become common and affect many children, especially those under the age of five, who are vulnerable to diarrhea, intestinal worms, and cholera. Schools don't have enough washrooms for children and none of the primary schools have clean water sources for teachers or students.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Kilago,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.