155 goats and savings initiatives helped families build their income
Port de Bonheur and Grand Lagon:
In order to strengthen the economic resilience of vulnerable families, 88 households in Port de Bonheur and 67 in Grand Lagon received a goat. Livestock gives families the opportunity to increase their income by selling the offspring, allowing them to providing more food and better nutrition, school fees for their children and healthcare.
World Vision encouraged parents, primarily women, to develop and manage community-owned savings groups that help with long term financial goals and stability.
Louise, a woman who attended a World Vision savings group shares her story …
"I have eight children and a husband who practices gardening. The revenues were far from sufficient to meet the family’s needs. [Our] children, who were not sponsored, could not go to school. Luckily, having received [profit] after making the laundry for a neighbour in the area, I was able to save … I bought one donkey, three pigs, and pay school fees for my children."
50 young children in Port de Bonheur don’t have to walk two hours to attend school anymore
For children in remote communities, accessing facilities including school can be very difficult. Malerne, a mother of six with four children in the sponsorship program has been encouraged by the presence of World Vision in her community. She shares her story …
"I thank the godfathers and godmothers [sponsors] of World Vision who contributed. Previously, I had great difficulty that my children can go to school, because of the remoteness of schools for small children, my children walked for about two hours to go to school. The program supported the establishment of an early childhood school in my community … [now] my children walk less than half an hour.”