Lokole Parabongo

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Although the land in this area is fertile, the majority of farmers still use outdated farming methods that simply cannot support an increased production of food.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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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.
  • 266 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 308 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 6 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 1,924 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 75 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 42 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 377 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 5 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 82 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 13 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 299 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 261 people impacted by disaster or displacement received counselling to help them cope with trauma and stress
  • 3,779 children received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health
  • 515 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant
  • 242 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 30 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 596 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 238 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 640 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 32 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 203 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 598 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 1 community garden is in place to provide nutritious food for children and their families
  • 35 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 7 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
  • 30 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
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.

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.