Nkayi'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 Nkayi community is located a little over 600 km from Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. The area has suffered from recurring droughts and rainfall is low and unevenly distributed, with an average of 450-600mm per year. Temperatures range between 7-20℃ in the winter and 15-32℃ in the summer.

People in Nkayi practice farming to earn a living, as well as engage in vocations such as basketry, dressmaking, brick making, and carpentry.The area is fortunate to have lush open grassland which helps with animal ranching. However, the sandy soil makes it difficult to grow food, which has contributed to chronic food shortages. Housing conditions are generally poor and less than 20% of households have latrines.
Child Protection
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 101 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 221 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 27 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 33 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 3,000 children are participating in cultural and recreational clubs, learning new things and having fun
  • 30 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 30 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 72 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 8 sets of teaching resources like stories were developed locally so children can learn from culturally relevant content
  • 370 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 41 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 9 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 1,355 people harvested nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens
  • 29 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

Explore Nkayi

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 Nkayi

Receiving a quality education is difficult for children in Nkayi. Only 12% of children graduate from primary school. As family income is low, parents are unable to pay school fees and few adults are able to read and write. Without understanding the value of education, most parents do not have much interaction with teachers and do not value education for their children.

Existing schools are poorly staffed and learning resources are scarce. There are few schools in the area and children have to travel long distances to attend. School curriculum is not diverse and there are no lessons for practical learning, such as gardening or woodworking.

The scarcity of food is a challenge in Nkayi. Frequent droughts and the lack of modern farming equipment and materials such as seeds and fertilizers make it difficult to achieve good harvests. Maize is the main staple food, however, even in a good year, maize production is rarely enough to meet families food requirements for the entire year. 40% of people do not have access to food year round.

Many families mostly eat starchy foods, with small amounts of food rich in protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals. This is due to persistent water problems that make it difficult to have home gardens. This type of diet cannot meet the nutritional requirements of growing children, and has a negative effect on children's nutrition. 30%of children in Nkayi are below average weight and 40% of children are below average height for their age. Prolonged cases of malnutrition among young children and mothers are common.

Child Protection
Less than 75% of children under the age of five in the Nkayi community have a birth certificate. This is significant, as it prevents children from accessing social services, such as education.

Water and Sanitation
Sanitation conditions in Nkayi are poor, which significantly increases the incidence of hygiene-related diseases. There is a shortage of safe, clean water sources and children often suffer from diarrhea and other waterborne diseases. There are not enough health workers in the community, and existing personnel are overburdened and not able to provide community members with necessary information about hygiene and sanitation.

Economic Development
Farmers and community members earn very little income. Even though people engage in other income-generating activities, there are no markets to sell their products.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Nkayi,  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.