Niger: Kassama

Kassama'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: 2017

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Children are better protected by the community. In total, 20 local leaders learned how to protect children and what to do in cases of child abuse, helping to keep over 2,840 girls and boys safe.
  • Community understanding of children's rights increased since awareness sessions were held in 27 communities.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Girls and boys have better protection from disease. Children under the age of 5 are contracting fewer childhood illnesses since 3,578 of them received vaccinations.
  • Children have more to eat. In total, 140 farmers learned new agricultural methods, improving children's access to secure sources of food.
  • We worked with communities to reduce waterborne diseases through implementing our Community Led Total Sanitation approach.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • More children are attending school. A total of 1,500 children received birth certificates, allowing them to enroll in school.
  • Awareness campaigns about the importance of education, particularly for girls, reached 1,432 community members and helped to increase the number of children enrolled.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • More young people are cared for and supported by religious leaders. In total, 20 religious leaders learned how to build strong family relationships and are better equipped to help parents raise their children.
  • Twenty seven faith leaders learned about children's rights and the importance of education.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.

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current conditions

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The needs in Kassama, Niger

What does this mean?

World Vision is privileged to offer sponsorship in many communities where the majority of the families we serve are not Christian. When working in these communities, we not only abide by local laws and customs but also strive to show respect and honor to those of different faiths.
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Kassama is a SENSITIVE AREA

Niger is experiencing ongoing conflict. Recurring terrorist attacks from Boko Haram in certain regions caused instability. Militant groups abducted about 100 children in 2018, and hundreds of thousands of people have left their homes to escape the threat of harm. However, Niger’s economy, which is largely dependent on agriculture, is holding steady. Despite the stable economy, many families still struggle to lift themselves out of poverty. In some regions, winter floods damaged more than 200,000 people’s homes and livelihoods. And in other parts of the country, teachers and health workers led repetitive strikes, jeopardizing kids’ access to education and healthcare. Though serious malnutrition still affects some young kids, the country’s rates are low. Thanks to the support of our donors, we reached many vulnerable children in Niger this year. Joined by government partners, we launched a campaign to combat violence against children throughout the country. Many of the awareness programs focused on ending child marriage. Communities are becoming self-sustaining and thriving as we help everyone engage with the changes that involve them. As kids are empowered to lift themselves out of poverty, they can better transform their communities for lasting change.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 17 years.
Kassama, Niger is in Phase 3

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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