Koumra Development Program
This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.
Young people were trained in sewing and welding and equipped with materials to help them start their own businesses and earn a living. 680 women were trained to preserve and sell mangoes, providing nutritious food for their children during the lean months between harvests, as well as additional income. 62 people were trained in the prevention of malaria and diarrhea, and eight communities were trained in child health issues. As a result, the percentage of children younger than 5 who sleep under an insecticidal bed net increased from 80 percent to 85 percent. To help protect children from preventable illnesses, we supplied six health centers and two hospitals with pharmaceuticals and held campaigns on the benefits of immunization and preventive healthcare services. We also trained 29 healthcare workers to vaccinate children and provided generator fuel to health clinics so they can refrigerate vaccines to keep them from spoiling in the heat. 27 community nutrition agents and 340 mothers were trained to care for malnourished children and help them recuperate. In addition, six health centers were supplied with grain and other items to help them operate nutrition programs. Through nutrition campaigns, 1,192 women learned how to recognize signs of malnutrition and how to prepare nutritious meals for children using locally available foods. 335 youth were trained to educate their peers on HIV prevention using a values-based life skills curriculum that emphasizes abstinence and marital faithfulness. 4,066 pregnant women and women of child-bearing age were reached through HIV prevention campaigns. Six health centers were provided with HIV screening equipment to be used during prenatal appointments, helping to prevent transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies. We worked with health centers to provide voluntary HIV testing and counseling services for community members. 3,415 households gained access to clean water from two new borehole wells and water purification products we provided. As a result, the percentage of households with access to clean water increased from 35 percent in 2013 to 44 percent in 2014. 1,409 households now have latrines as a result of community-led efforts to improve sanitation, and more people are washing their hands with soap to stop the spread of disease. 39 teachers were trained in improved methods for teaching literacy classes for adults and young people, in partnership with the District Literacy Center and local churches. 738 students enrolled in literacy classes in 2014; some students are now able to read the Bible in their own language and in French, and are able to follow up on their children's schooling and healthcare. 778 parents were reached through a campaign promoting the importance of education and encouraging parents to enroll their children in school. 10 schools were equipped with desks, chairs, books, and school supplies to improve the learning environment, contributing to an increase in enrollment. We supplied educational materials for seven schools that provide a second chance at education for youth who previously dropped out or didn't have the opportunity to attend school when they were younger. 20 teachers attended a 45-day training program to reinforce their teaching skills and credentials. Many teachers in Chad don't have the basic training they need to provide students with a quality education. 10 Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) were trained in their roles and responsibilities. We also monitored 20 PTAs, strengthening their capacity to promote education in their communities and improve their schools. We helped communities update their disaster preparedness plans and worked with them to establish community cereal banks, which store grain so families will have access to affordable food during times of drought. As a result of these and other initiatives, the area did not experience a food crisis in 2014. Through our child protection program, 50 children learned about their right to safety and protection from abuse and mistreatment. 441 children participated in events and activities promoting child rights, such as Day of the African Child, an annual observance honoring South African schoolchildren who were killed or injured in 1976 while taking part in a protest march demanding that classes be taught in their native language. 15 community members were trained in child rights and child protection issues and worked with us to carry out awareness campaigns in their communities.
|Most Vulnerable Children|Protection|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|