Nkhoma 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

To improve children's access to nutritious food, we provided farmers with soybeans and ground nuts to help them grow more of these protein-rich crops. Preschoolers attending early child development centers were served a hot lunch at school every day as a part of our feeding campaign. 8,383 children were trained in the prevention and transmission of HIV and AIDS when schools built education on this issue into their curriculum. To reduce childhood malnutrition, we trained 50 volunteers to identify, feed, and monitor malnourished children, and refer sick children to health clinics as needed. Parents of children under the age of 5 participated in our campaign to have their kids immunized, dewormed, and treated with Vitamin A which protects against blindness and disease. Cases of diarrhea in children under 5 decreased by 90% as a result of the new wells, sanitary latrines, and hygiene education we provided in Nkhoma to eliminate water-related illness. 489 children completed basic education after we equipped mothers' groups to go door to door to encourage other parents to send their children, especially girls, to school. Over 10,000 children have received tutoring in reading, writing, and math at 14 tutoring centers we established in partnership with the Malawi government. Community leaders took part in a series of meetings that equipped them to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Protection|Disability|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|

Locations

  • Malawi>Central>Lilongwe

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Food Aid
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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