Sikobokobo's Community News

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 Sikobokobo community is located in the north of Zimbabwe. The area boasts an abundance of thatch grass, which is used for making brooms and roofs for homes, as well as other grasses used for weaving baskets and mats. Timber trees are also found in area and are used to make furniture and other products.

Sikobokobo is vulnerable, however, to natural disasters such as droughts. Erratic rainfall patterns and changing climatic conditions have contributed to low harvests and food shortages. As a result, some families have switched from relying on rain-fed agriculture to non-farming activities, like carpentry, weaving, blacksmithing, and other casual labour. Some farmers have also moved from growing maize to growing sorghum and millet, which are better able to withstand the lack of rain.
Child Protection
  • 15 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 2 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 25 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 486 children are participating clubs that nurture their faith in God and equip them with positive values
  • 52 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 720 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 25 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 80 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 200 people harvested nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 45 gardens are in place for community members to grow fresh produce, improving children's access to healthy food
*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 children's literacy skills.
  • Educate parents about the value of education for their children.
  • Construct and furnish schools, as well as provide learning materials.
  • Support orphans and other vulnerable children, including children living with disabilities, to access primary education.
  • Provide teacher training and improve school management systems.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve the nutrition of children and pregnant and nursing mothers.
  • Improve access to health services for children and pregnant and nursing mothers.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate community members of all ages about the spread and prevention of HIV.
  • Improve care and treatment available to those living with HIV and AIDS in the community.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Establish and strengthen child protection committees to advocate for the rights of children.
  • Train community child support teams to deal with the challenge of birth registration.
  • Establish child-led coalitions and networks to provide a platform for children to have a voice and express themselves on various issues.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Increase access to potable water and proper sanitation facilities.