Sikobokobo

The needs in Sikobokobo

Education
Children in Sikobokobo face many challenges in accessing and enjoying a quality education. Many children struggle to perform well in school, as there is a shortage of learning materials, teachers, and schools. There are only ten primary schools to serve over 4,300 children, forcing many children to walk up to 10 kilometres to attend classes. The lack of classrooms also forces teachers to hold classes under trees or out in the hot sun.

There are two secondary schools in the area, but the poor quality of education has seen a significant number of children failing to go beyond the secondary level. This situation is made worse by the fact that most youth also do not have the vocational skills needed to gain employment.

Parents in the community struggle to earn an income, and often cannot afford school fees. They also find it difficult to support and value their children's education, as they did not have the opportunity to receive a formal education themselves. Close to 40% of adults cannot read or write. Cultural practices such as early marriage also prevent children, especially girls, from attending school.

Health Care
Families in the Sikobokobo community face many challenges that negatively impact their health. As harvests have been poor, there few sources of diversified food, which has led to high rates of malnutrition, particularly among children under the age of five. Stunting rates in the district are at 40%, higher than the national rate of 33%.

Children are not properly immunized and it is difficult to consistently access essential health services. There are few health centres in the area, and people have to walk an average of 10 kilometres to access health care. Centres are not adequately staffed or stocked with medicine and supplies.

HIV & AIDS
There is a 15% prevalence rate of HIV in the Sikobokobo community. This has made it difficult for people to work and placed a greater burden on the already inadequate health care system.

The presence of HIV and AIDS in the community has also resulted a large number of orphans and vulnerable children. Families who care for these children are facing economic hardship, as they do not have enough income or support to provide for so many at once.

Child Protection
Community members in Sikobokobo have limited knowledge on issues related to children's rights. Many children, girls in particular, are at risk of early marriage. Child trafficking to nearby countries like South Africa is also common. Children with disabilities are at a particular disadvantage in life, and do not receive the special care they need.

Almost 40% of children do not have birth certificates. Many parents themselves do not have identification documents, and it is thus impossible for their children to obtain birth certificates. This in turn makes it difficult to get National Identity cards that children need to write their national exams and further their education.

Water and Sanitation
Many families in the community lack access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Approximately 50% of the population has to walk up to 10 kilometres to the nearest water point. Limited access to water makes it difficult to cultivate gardens or to rear livestock. The lack of water and latrines, paired with poor hygiene practices, also causes a high prevalence of waterborne diseases, which affect more than 70% of the community.
Read More

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.
  • 125 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 25 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 3 survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover
  • 125 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 25 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 1,975 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 79 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 2,500 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 184 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 9 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 80 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 35 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 7 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
  • 1,000 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 4 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 700 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 280 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families               
Education
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.

HIV & AIDS
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.

Explore Sikobokobo

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

Sikobokobo,  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.