Somba Village hopes to construct a modern community-based child center (CBCC). In early 2000, the community established a CBCC after discovering that children in the area did not get an adequate start in primary school. They never caught up or reached their full potential, resulting in a poor performance and later school dropouts. Unfortunately, 18 years since its establishment, the center still faces numerous challenges due to a lack of financial, technical, and material support. Importantly, it has no physical modern facility in which to operate.
All programs and services are carried out under a tree with no child-friendly sanitary facilities. There over 100 children under the age of five who are cared for by a limited cadre of community volunteers, most of them are ill-trained. The children are not safe as they play in contaminated dirt, which causes them to develop infectious illnesses. During the rainy season, services are suspended.
Currently, UNFPA and WFP are providing porridge to the center through Mangochi District's Social Welfare Office but a lack of facilities makes the provision problematic. Therefore, the construction of a modern structure will help to ease these challenges and provide a safer and healthier environment for quality childcare.