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Weather in Kolwezi
2014Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2014.
- 2,000 Bibles were distributed where requested with World Vision's support, making it possible for children to read Scripture.
- We partnered with local churches to offer Sunday school and youth group programs for 4,528 children. Pastors report that children are now more interested in reading the Bible, are sharing messages of Christ's love with their parents, and are encouraging and praying for each other.
- 144 people joined 12 new savings groups, which offer interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. By expanding their businesses, community members are able to increase their income and better provide for their children.
- Nearly 400 farmers learned improved farming techniques that will help them produce more crops and increase their income so they can afford essentials such as school fees and healthcare for their children.
- Two children with serious medical conditions were able to access life-saving surgery with our help.
- 6,095 people, including 2,000 students, were trained in HIV prevention.
- 250 children recovered from malnutrition and the malnutrition rate decreased through the efforts of healthcare workers and local partners trained by World Vision, who carried out nutritional recovery programs and reached 1,720 mothers with nutrition education.
- Community health workers organized health education sessions on the importance of Vitamin A supplements. As a result, the number of children who participated in a Vitamin A and deworming campaign more than doubled from 4,160 in 2013 to 8,600 in 2014. We supported the campaign by encouraging people to attend and providing fuel to reach remote areas.
- Community members have better access to quality healthcare services after we expanded a local health center, adding three rooms to be used as an operating room and a maternity ward. Previously, these facilities and services were not available in the community; people had to walk to a distant health center and wait in long lines to receive care.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
- Three water committees were established in the community to manage and maintain borehole wells.
- School enrollment increased from 8,040 in 2013 to 9,525 in 2014, in large part due to nine new, fully furnished classrooms built in partnership with local churches. Parent Teacher Associations also helped increase enrollment by organizing campaigns on the importance of education.
- To strengthen the quality of education, 50 PTA members were trained in school monitoring and management.
- 50 children trained in child rights and protection held advocacy interventions with local leaders to address child abuse, forced labor, and other issues that impact children in Kolwezi.