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Meet the Families of Kita

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One of the families benefiting from Plan’s community sponsorship.

Meet Kewoulen and Kadiatou

Children: Cheick (15), Issa (10), Mariam (8), Bouteima (5), Nantenin (3)

Description of home: A 5-room mud home with straw and metal sheet roofing; the family has a traditional latrine on their property.

Water source: The family accesses water from a basic well located near their home; they use buckets to transport the water.

Distance to nearest health centre: There is a basic health centre in the family’s village.

Means of earning a living: Agricultural activities (millet, sorghum, corn, groundnuts) and livestock; Kadiatou and Kewoulen sell goods at the local market.

Literacy of parents: Kewoulen is illiterate; Kadiatou is literate, which earned her the position of community volunteer for the project.

Education level of children: The three oldest children go to primary school and know how to read and write. The two youngest children attend the newly established preschool in their village.

Hopes and dreams: The family hopes for the improvement of the quality of education in their community through the construction of new schools that are adequately equipped and furnished.

One of the families benefiting from Plan’s community sponsorship

Meet Modibo and Djeneba

Children: Awa (10), Ousmane (9), Salimata (8),Cheick (5), Mamadou (3), Sira (3 months)

Description of home: The family lives in a 3-room closed-off mud home; the family has access to a traditional latrine on their property.

Water source: The family has access to a well just 20m from their property. For washing, the family uses water from a traditional borehole on their property.

Means of transport: Modibo and Djeneba own a bicycle; to travel to bigger villages, they borrow a car from the village.

Distance to nearest health centre: The closest health centre is in a neighbouring village, located 18km from the family.

Means of earning a living: Agricultural activities (millet, sorghum, corn and cotton), livestock and petty trading of consumer goods and firewood.

Literacy of parents: Modibo is partially literate; Djeneba is illiterate.

Education level of children: All of the school-aged children of the family are enrolled in school and know how to read and write; those who are younger than 6 years are enrolled in the newly established preschool.

Hopes and dreams: “We would like Plan’s support to strengthen the capacity of our teachers and we would also like support to keep girls in school.”

One of the families benefiting from Plan’s community sponsorship

Meet Mami and Yagare

Children: Fassoir (20), Mahamadou (17), Oumou (14), Sountougoumba (10), Karim (8), Boureima (4)

Description of home: The family lives in a mud home with a kitchen and an improved latrine on their property.

Water source: The family has access to a well with a manual pump located 10m from the family home.

Distance to nearest health centre: There is a functioning health centre in their village, which is managed by a general doctor.

Means of earning a living: Agricultural activities and livestock. Because crop yields are not sufficient to meet family needs, Mami works as a mason and Yagare sells grains to make ends meet.

Literacy of parents: Mami and Yagare do not know how to read or write.

Education level of children: Mahamadou and Fassoir (the family’s eldest children) are illiterate; three of the children are enrolled in primary school and their youngest goes to preschool.

Hopes and dreams: “Our most pressing dream is the development of our village. Personally, my goal is to see all of my children become successful so they can take care of the family. First, I would like them to finish their studies.”

One of the families benefiting from Plan’s community sponsorship

Meet Godi and Sira

Children: Fanta (9), Oumar (7), Makan (5), Hawa (3), Assitan (a few days old)

Description of home: The family’s home has three rooms made of mud with straw and metal sheet roofing. There is a traditional latrine on their property.

Water source: The family accesses water from a traditional well located 150m from the family home.

Means of transportation: The family uses a bicycle, motorbike and cart for transportation.

Means of earning a living: Agricultural activities (millet, sorghum, corn and groundnuts) and livestock (goats and poultry). Sira also sells pastries at the local market.

Literacy of parents: Godi and Sira cannot read or write.

Education level of children: Three of their children attend school; the two youngest are not yet of age to attend school.

Hopes and dreams: The family hopes that Plan will help improve agricultural production and the quality of education in their village.

One of the families benefiting from Plan’s community sponsorship

Meet Mamadou and Ramata

Children: Moussa (13), Yaya (8), Sitan (5), Gaoussou (5), Sekouba (4), Oumar (2)

Description of home: The family lives in a mud home with 3 rooms and a straw roof; there is a traditional latrine on their property.

Water source: The family has access to water from a borehole located 250m from their home.

Distance to nearest health centre: The closest health centre is in Bendugouba village, located 6km from where they live.

Means of earning a living: Sale of agricultural (millet, sorghum, corn and groundnuts) and livestock products. Ramata also sells shea butter and gardening products.

Literacy of parents: Mamadou and Ramata are literate.

Education level of children: Two of their children attend school and can read and write; the three youngest are not old enough to attend school.

Hopes and dreams: The family hopes that Plan will help construct a new Early Childhood Development Centre in their community so their youngest children can be better prepared to attend primary school and so they can focus on their income-generating activities.

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