Portland, Ore.- Vibrant Village has committed $150,000 over two years to support villagers in Abouakro and Drimbo communities in central Cote d’Ivoire. Following Cote d’Ivoire’s civil war crisis of 2002, rebel forces occupied this central region for more than a decade, which contributed to the deterioration of communities’ health, economy and social infrastructure.
Vibrant Village is partnering with a MAP International (MAP), a U.S.-based global health organization working to save lives and develop healthier families and communities in impoverished areas throughout the world. With funding from Vibrant Village Foundation, MAP will work to improve school attendance, increase the number of children who can read and write and strengthen food security and income for families.
Over two years, MAP will rehabilitate the pre-school, primary school and six units of teacher housing in Drimbo, construct two latrines and one canteen, and install electricity at the school. MAP will also work to secure birth certificates for children who were born during the civil war and have been unable to attend school without this government document.
To improve food security and livelihoods for families in Abouakro and Drimbo MAP will train farmers groups on improved techniques for raising livestock and growing crops. The goal is to have at least 50% of households consuming their own production for the whole year and to create a non-perishable food reserve for the lean periods.
“Through MAP’s work in Gontougou region, hundreds of villages have been certified ‘open defecation free’ since 2014. This is a considerable achievement that shows MAP’s organizational capacity, drive for results, and capacity to adapt to new approaches” - Daniel Spalthoff, UNICEF Cote d’Ivoire.
Vibrant Village is pleased to be working with MAP International on this project and to support their integrated approach to sustainable development in these communities.