Tisepantekipanoske 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.
69 youth completed vocational training in sewing, hairstyling, and other trades, equipping them with skills to earn a living. They were also trained in business management and entrepreneurship. 60 youth attended workshops on environmentally friendly farming methods and 427 youth participated in environmental education activities. 10 youth were trained in advocacy methods, equipping them to influence local government to improve the quality of healthcare services. We worked with local health agencies to monitor the height and weight of 339 children younger than 5, of whom 29 percent were malnourished. We followed up with home visits for malnourished children, educated mothers on nutrition, and included parents in a food security project to help them start growing vegetables and raising livestock. 20 pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers were trained in infant care and early childhood development to reduce malnutrition and illness in babies. 34 parents and caregivers were trained in techniques for developing strong emotional bonds with their young children and for stimulating children's learning and social skills. 104 young adults attended health education sessions on topics including reproductive health and the harmful effects of alcohol abuse 14 families were trained in safe water and sanitation practices to prevent the spread of illness, as well as how to collect and store rainwater. 20 children and their families received access to clean water from five rainwater-harvesting tanks. 53 people, including peer tutors and parents, were trained to assist children with math, reading, and Spanish, helping 235 boys and girls improve their academic performance. 786 children came to our reading spaces for story time and other fun reading activities. As part of the reading program, they also learned what to do if they or someone they know experiences psychological violence at home, school, or in their community. 125 children joined our girls' soccer teams, which were formed in an effort to break down gender barriers and discrimination. 208 children were involved in children's clubs and youth networks, giving them opportunities to participate in decision-making processes that impact their lives. Through our parenting workshops, 62 parents learned how to strengthen their relationships with their children and how to create a loving, nurturing home environment.
This Development Program uses an innovative approach to programming. Instead of creating projects around specific sectors, they conduct integrative projects around the ages of the participants. The 0-5 project, for example, includes activities in health and nutrition from pregnancy to age 5, early education, child development, and birth registration.
|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Advocacy|