Children enjoy good health
The National Emergency Preparedness Response Fund (NEPRF) was used for cereal purchasing and preposition. World Vision Chad secured 2050 bags of 100 kg of Sorghum as food stocks for the population of the five bases in the area covered by World Vision programmes.
After a survey in March 2011, World Vision Chad set up a programme to address malnutrition among children and mothers. Fourteen mobile nutrition centres were launched in Lai region and Tandjile River area. Nutritional care activities are integrated to health centre activities. World Vision provided training on nutrition for 436 people who learned to identify malnutrition cases. As a result, 355 children were cared for. Of those children:
- 86 per cent of recovery (standard is more than 75 per cent)
- 9 per cent of dropping out (standard is less than 15 per cent)
- 4 per cent of mortality (standard is less than 10 per cent)
UNICEF supports and facilitates this program by setting up Therapeutic Nutritional Centres (TNC) in hospitals to allow easy transfer of critical cases. World Vision Chad is developing a strong network and partnership with other non-governmental organizations and agencies involved in children and mothers’ healthcare and public health. For example, the National Centre for Nutrition and Food Technology (CNNTA) promised to provide specialists for training the project agents. Health education: A sensitization campaign on prevention of the transmission of HIV from mother to child was organized in 25 villages of Kemkian ADP; with each village counting 50 to 100 participants.
Children are educated for life
Forty children completed their vocational training and have received certificates of completion in carpentry (10 boys), tailoring (10 girls), mechanics (10 boys) and welding (10 boys). Seventeen other were recently registered in the same training.
In its new initiative known as The Second Chance School launched in 2009, World Vision Chad offered the opportunity to more than 200 children to learn in school. This year, 20 experts from the Ministry Education have worked for two weeks in Moundou to design the curriculum for the third level. At least 250 children were trained using the booklet Unlimited Adventure. Children appreciated it very much and were able to participate in good discussions.
CHILDREN EXPERIENCE LOVE OF GOD AND THEIR NEIGHBOURS
World Vision Koumra has organized a Christmas celebration with 56 vulnerable children from Koumra ADP. As part of partnership reinforcement, 37 church leaders of Kemkian ADP were trained on financial management, World Vision Chad financial procedures and reporting.
More than 100 sponsored children attended the community conversation sessions on hygiene, 678 others were sensitized on the consequences of alcohol and cigarette addiction in eight schools. Thirty-eight partners, comprising of 15 headmasters, 11 grandmothers and 12 child supervisors, were trained on the monitoring of children. Fifty-six vulnerable children, comprised of 28 girls and 28 boys, were joined and supported in celebrating Christmas this year. World Vision Chad supported the sensitization activities conducted by the children from children’s clubs and trained 44 religious leaders involved in children education on the children’s rights and protection.
Children are cared for, protected and participating
A ceremony at the end of vocational training for 40 grown registered children in Mango ADP was covered largely by national media. An advocacy event was held in Kemkian ADP where 500 letters were signed by children and given to the Sous Prefet to advocate for a reduction of the school fees but also for an improvement to the children’s condition.
The communication and advocacy department has printed a poster using photos taken by 20 children trained as part of a photography project in 2007, which shows the difficult conditions of children in Koumra region. The event which was chaired by the Sous Prefet of Koumra was entirely facilitated by children themselves. Very moving testimonies from children were shared by children.