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Drissa and Kokoh

Meet Drissa and Kokoh

Number of children: 5 (ages 9 months, 3, 8, 9, 13)

Description of shelter: Compound made of 2 room mud brick houses. Roof is made of wood and mud and needs repairing after every rainy season.

Means of transportation: The family owns one bicycle.

Water & health

  • Water source: Family fetches water from an unsafe water source in the community
  • State of latrine: Very muddy inside with stagnant water attracting mosquitoes. Because of the health risks of using the latrines, the children do not use them.

Livelihood

  • Means of earning a living: Farming and raising livestock. Sometimes Drissa will temporarily move to the big city during the dry season to work in hopes of making ends meet

Education

  • Education level of parents: No formal education
  • Education level of children: All of the children are attending school except the two youngest since there is no early childhood development centre

Journey of hope and change

  • How the family hopes their lives will change with Plan: Access to safe drinking water to prevent illness and disease. The family wants to be able to send their children to a school with better classrooms in a safe learning environment
Sidiki and Sitan

Meet Sidiki and Sitan

Number of children: 4 (ages 7, 11, 13, 25)

Description of shelter: Mud brick house with iron roof.

Water & health

  • Method of water collection: Water is collected from the family well, which is surrounded by 10 latrines that are polluting it

Education

  • Education level of parents: No formal education
  • Education level of children: Three youngest children attend school. The oldest child never went to school because a school did not exist in the village at the time.

Journey of hope and change

  • How the family hopes their lives will change with Plan: The primary school will be improved to meet government standards. The family would like assistance to plant a garden for food and income generation activities
Lassine and Alima

Meet Lassine and Alima

Number of children: 6 (ages 2, 5, 7, 11, 14, 18)

Description of shelter: Compound with two residences, a latrine and a granary

Water & health

  • Water source: Family fetches water from an unsafe water source in the community. Water is collected by pulling a can from a 15-metre deep well by women who carry it on their heads back to the compound
  • State of latrine: Latrine doesn't meet sanitation standards as it's very muddy inside with stagnant water attracting mosquitoes

Livelihood

  • Means of earning a living: Farming and raising livestock. Lassine also rents his two cows to other people to work in their fields

Education

  • Education level of parents: Both parents are illiterate
  • Education level of children: All of the children are attending school except the youngest since there is no early childhood development centre

Journey of hope and change

  • How the family hopes their lives will change with Plan: Alima would like a kindergarten class to be built so her youngest child can start school earlier than her other children did. The family would like several water points in the village to help make day-to-day activities easier
Siaka and Biba

Meet Siaka and Biba

Number of children: 2 (ages 2, 10)

Description of shelter: Mud brick house

Water & health

  • Distance to water source: Drinking water is collected from the community well which is one kilometre away. The closest water point for the family is 300 metres away and the manual pump is currently broken
  • Method of water collection<s/trong>: Biba fetches water from the community well (1km) and carries it in a bucket on her head to the house. Water is then stocked in jars
  • State of latrine: Two latrines within the house that do not meet sanitation standards

Livelihood

  • Means of earning a living: Farming and raising livestock.

Education

  • Education level of parents: Not literate
  • Education level of children: The daughter, 10, is not attending school. Because she is a girl, Biba preferred to have her help with the household chores.

Journey of hope and change

  • How the family hopes their lives will change with Plan: Family hopes for safe drinking water for their children. They also hope for income generating activities
Lasseni and Djeneba

Meet Lasseni and Djeneba

Number of children: 2 (ages 2 months, 2)

Description of shelter: Mud brick house with a roof made of mud that needs repair after rainy season

Water & health

    Drinking water is collected from the community well which is one kilometre away. The closest water point for the family is 300 metres away and the manual pump is currently broken.
  • Method of water collection: Large well with unsafe drinking water is located 100 metres from the house. Djeneba fetches water with a large bucket and carries it on her head
  • State of latrine: Two latrines within the house that do not meet sanitation standards

Livelihood

  • Means of earning a living: Farming and raising livestock

Education

  • Education level of parents: Lasseni took some adult literacy courses, but Djeneba is not literate
  • Education level of children: family has no school age children

Journey of hope and change

  • How the family hopes their lives will change with Plan: Family hopes for improvements to the community schools and for an early childhood development centre for their two children. They also hope to receive support in agricultural equipment (tractors, plows) for income generating activities

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