La Bendicion 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.

Activities

Through community health and nutrition clubs, 613 parents and caregivers learned about disease prevention, healthy hygiene practices, nutrition, and the benefits of exclusive breast-feeding for babies. 626 malnourished children are in the process of recovering thanks to community nutrition programs we supported. 475 young people learned about reproductive health and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases through workshops on the importance of caring for their health and their physical, moral, and spiritual integrity. 83 families improved their sanitation facilities with our help, reducing the prevalence of water and sanitation related diseases. 842 boys and girls participated in our children's clubs, helping to improve their reading, writing, and math skills, as well as promoting healthy relationships with friends and family. 550 young people participated in youth clubs, where they reflected on life goals, learned to make hammocks and bags, and developed life skills such as self-esteem and risk management. 515 youth were trained in disaster preparedness and how to assist their families and communities in the event of an emergency. With our help, a local civil protection committee developed an emergency plan to mitigate the impact of disasters. We organized a youth radio program, giving 20 children and teenagers opportunities to express themselves and develop their communication skills. 14 members of a municipal youth council were trained in advocacy and leadership. They advocated for child rights among local leaders and coordinated presentations at three schools about the consequences of crime and the prevention of juvenile delinquency and gang involvement. We collaborated with 76 local partners to organize events offering health services and children’s games and activities, and promoting basic sanitation. These partnerships also helped to improve community services and joint efforts with the police to increase public safety.

Cross-cutting issues

|Gender|Protection||

Locations

  • El Salvador>San Miguel
  • El Salvador>Usulutan

Sectors

  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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