Gracias 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.
Five savings groups were established to provide entrepreneurs with interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. 218 families planted vegetable gardens, enabling them to provide more nutritious food for their children. 139 farmers started using improved farming techniques to increase production of corn and beans and reduce post-harvest crop loss. 74 farmers gained access to local and national markets for their products, forming fair-trade partnerships that will ensure they earn a decent profit so they can better provide for their families. With our help, 42 farmers improved their farms so they can grow more food. 135 mothers attended nutrition education programs to help them improve the nutritional status of their young children. To create healthier living conditions for children, six families improved their homes and 35 families installed clean, energy-efficient cook stoves, which reduce smoke inhalation and decrease respiratory illnesses. 34 water reservoirs and 19 latrines were built to improve hygiene and sanitation for children and their families. 92 percent of families now have access to clean water in their homes. This achievement was made possible with support from local partners and World Vision Honduras' Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program. 260 boys and girls learned how to protect their health with proper hygiene and sanitation practices. 171 students who were struggling in school improved their academic performance through our peer tutoring program. 82 teachers were supplied with teaching materials to strengthen the quality of education. 521 children trained in advocacy by World Vision worked to raise awareness of child rights and to influence the local government to address issues that affect their lives. Awareness campaigns reached 11 communities with information on child rights and protection. To ensure sustainability of development efforts, we provided capacity training for 226 leaders of community-based organizations. In partnership with the local government, they carried out 44 projects to improve children's well-being.