Nkayi

The needs in Nkayi

Education
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.

Food
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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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.
  • 3,753 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 150 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 30 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 400 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 2,300 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 16 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 79 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 14 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 27 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 183 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 5 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
  • 409 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children      
  • 6 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
  • 6,303 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy               

Explore Nkayi

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

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.