San Isidro 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

23 savings groups helped families increase their income by providing access to basic financial services such as interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. 48 farmers adopted improved farming methods to boost crop yields and help increase household income. 205 families provided more nutritious food for their children by starting vegetable gardens or raising small livestock. Through our nutrition programs, parents learned how to grow and prepare a greater variety of nutritious food for their children. Together with local volunteers and health agencies, we monitored children's health, development, and nutritional status. We worked with preschools, schools, and communities to promote healthy hygiene and sanitation practices and to improve children's access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities. Many students who were struggling in school participated in our peer tutoring program. In addition to strengthening children's academic skills, the program has helped decrease drop-out rates. 234 students were trained in risk management to make their schools and communities safer for children. In coordination with the Red Cross and local police, they mapped out disaster risk zones in their communities. Community-based organizations updated their strategic development plans, taking into account input from children and youth. By designing and carrying out their own development plans, communities are taking important steps toward sustaining the progress they have made. Children and youth were trained to advocate for child rights and speak up on issues that affect their lives in an effort to influence public policy. Students and teachers were trained in child rights and responsibilities, as well as child protection issues. They led an anti-bullying campaign to raise awareness of and reduce school violence.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Honduras>Intibuca>San Isidro

Sectors

  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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