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Meet John and Florence

Meet John and Florence

Number of children: 5 (ages 1, 8, 10, 13, 19)

Description of shelter: Mud house with a thatch roof

Water & health

  • Main water source: Florence and her daughters walk ½ km to collect water from the river with buckets and pans
  • State of latrines: The family uses latrines next to the river, but they are in very poor condition and do not meet sanitation requirements

Livelihood

  • Means of earning a living: John engages in fishing and Florence weaves mats that are sold at the market

Education

  • Education level of parents: John and Florence completed junior high school
  • Education level of children: Three out of five children are currently enrolled in school. The oldest child did not complete school and the youngest is too young to attend school

Journey of hope and change

  • How the family hopes their lives will change with Plan: The family would like the education quality to improve and for their children to have more job opportunities
Meet Rejoice

Meet Rejoice

Spouse: Deceased

Number of children: 4 (ages 3, 5, 11, 18)

Description of shelter: Mud house with an iron sheet roof

Water & health

  • Method of water source: Rejoice collects water from the river
  • State of latrines: The family uses latrines next to the river, but they are in very poor condition and do not meet sanitation requirements

Livelihood

  • Means of earning a living: Rejoice weaves mats, a skill she learned from her mother, and sells them

Education

  • Education level of parents: Rejoice completed grade 4
  • Education status of the children: All children are in school except the youngest because there is no early childhood development centre
Meet Veronica

Meet Veronica

Spouse: Deceased

Number of children: 4 (ages 3, 6, 10, 14)

Description of shelter: A cement block hut with an iron sheet roof

Water & health

  • Main water source: Water is collected from the river, which is a 1km walk each way
  • State of latrines: The closest latrines are a 1km walk and next to the river. These latrines do not meet sanitation requirements

Livelihood

  • Means of earning a living: Mat weaving

Education

  • Education level of parents: Veronica completed primary school
  • Education status of children
  • : The three oldest children are in school but the youngest is not old enough to attend primary school and there is no early childhood development centre
Meet Fred and Patience

Meet Fred and Patience

Number of children: 2 (ages 1,7)

Description of shelter: Mud house, plastered and painted with an iron roof

Water & health

  • Main water source: Patience fetches water from the river which is a 1 km walk each way
  • Distance to health centre: There is no health centre in this community. The nearest one is 17 km away

Livelihood

  • Means of earning a living: Fred engages in fishing and Patience in mat weaving

Education

  • Education level of parents: Fred completed junior high school and Patience completed grade 3
  • Education status of children: The oldest daughter is in school, but the youngest is too young

Journey of hope and change

  • How the family hopes their lives will change through Plan: The family hopes for quality education for their children and for their livelihood activities to improve
Meet Enoch and Patience

Meet Enoch & Patience

Number of children: 1 (age 2)

Description of shelter: Mud house with a thatch roof

Water & health

  • State of latrines: The family uses latrines next to the river, but they are in very poor condition and do not meet sanitation requirements

Livelihood

  • Means of earning a living: Enoch engages in fishing and Patience cooks meals for school children

Education

  • Education level of parents: Enoch completed junior high school and Patience completed grade 6
  • Education status of children: Sylvia is too young for primary school and without an early childhood development centre she will spend the next few years at home with her mother

Journey of hope and change

  • How the family hopes their lives will change through Plan: The family hopes for an early childhood development centre so that their young daughter will have a better start to getting an education

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