Lokole Parabongo

Lokole Parabongo'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 community of Lokole Parabongo is home to more than 54,000 people"and is quickly growing. This expansion threatens available land, resources, and the environment. Land disputes are common as most families depend on farming crops such as cassava, sweet potatoes, and beans, as well as raising livestock such as goats, cattle, and pigs. Farmers also struggle to produce enough food because of unpredictable rainfall, outdated farming techniques. and the high cost of quality tools and resources. This results in food shortages and, often, malnourished children.

The prolonged war that took place in northern Uganda against the Lord's Resistance Army has negatively impacted the community and left many children vulnerable. Vulnerable children include those at risk of early marriage or sexual exploitation, those lacking basic rights and necessities, or those orphaned as a result of the HIV-AIDS pandemic. Although women equal more than half of the population, cultural tradition prevents them from owning land or assets and often leaves them overworked, both at home and in the fields.
Child Protection
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 142 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 5 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 57 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 856 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 1 school was renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 1,979 young people are participating in clubs focused on developing practical life skills to prepare them for the future
  • 4 schools received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 52 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 541 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 1 health facility was improved with renovations to better care for children and families
  • 245 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 1,125 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 1,848 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 430 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 666 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 923 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 1 renovated water source is providing access to safe water, protecting children against waterborne diseases people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
*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:
  • Improve school buildings and learning environments and strengthen school management.
  • Strengthen the capacity of teachers and provide access to quality teaching materials.
  • Enhance community involvement in supporting education as a priority for children.
  • Facilitate strong partnerships and networks to continue improving the quality of education.
  • Increase child participation in school and life skills training.

To ensure parents in Lokole Parabongo can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Improve availability of diversified nutritious foods at the household level.
  • Help farmers use modern technologies and techniques to increase production of nutrient-rich crops.
  • Build effective partnerships between farmers and the government to increase food production.
  • Help generate household income among vulnerable households.
  • Create savings and loans groups to prepare for times of food shortage and invest in improving livelihoods.
  • Ensure disaster risk reduction programs exist and can respond to environmental threats to food security.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Strengthen awareness, understanding, and prioritization of child wellbeing in the community.
  • Improve children's ability to protect themselves and others.
  • Ensure community response is in place to protect children from abuse.
  • Increase number of staff and partners trained on child protection.
  • Build the capacity of local councils and community groups to advocate on behalf of children.
  • Support children to obtain birth certificates.
  • Promote children's active participation in clubs and community events.

Explore Lokole Parabongo

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 Lokole Parabongo

According to a recent study, about 85% of children in Lokole Parabongo are enrolled in school, but only 36% of boys and 26% of girls actually complete their education. On the whole, children are unmotivated to attend classes. A survey of children in the area revealed that only half were going to class every day.

The causes for this lack of motivation are varied. Student to teacher ratios are very high and classrooms cannot comfortably fit all students. Large class sizes negatively affect children's ability to learn, as there is little room for personal attention and too few textbooks available. Parental involvement is also important but lacking. These challenges result in students performing badly on exams, especially in their primary grades.

Overall, the community struggles to prioritize education, especially when it comes to young girls. Traditional values place a higher priority on boys and men. Since most women cannot own land and must depend on a male family member, girls have an even harder time completing their education successfully.

Food shortages in Lokole Parabongo are common, and negatively impact the health and wellbeing of children. Few households report having more than two meals a day, and those that do often live off of cassava and beans, which alone do not give growing children enough nutrition. In the last several years, there has been an increase in malnutrition in children between the ages of six months and five years old. Generally, these rates are linked to limited access to food, improper feeding practices, and lack of information on good nutrition for children.

Although the land in this area is fertile, the majority of farmers still use outdated farming methods that simply cannot support an increased production of food. Unreliable rainfall makes it hard for farmers to time their harvests and reap the most crops. Local breeds of livestock produce low quantities of milk and meat. Additionally, poverty limits farmers access to funds to help them increase production, use better tools and improve storage facilities.

Child Protection
In Lokole Parabongo, children under 15 years old make up almost half of the total population and are undoubtedly the most vulnerable group in the community. Extreme poverty within families results in the violation of children's basic rights, as they often lack access to medical care, food, clothing, and proper shelter. When combined with a low regard for education, this increases school dropout rates. An overall lack of awareness of child protection and children's rights issues keeps children from achieving a safety and wellbeing.

Girls in the community have increasingly been subject to child marriages in recent years. Orphans, many of whom lost their parents in the war or because of HIV and AIDS, are often overlooked. Children with disabilities are seen as a burden.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Lokole Parabongo,  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.