Gamou 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.
25 women were trained in income-generating activities to help them earn a living and provide for their children. The managers of 11 cereal banks received additional training on how to properly manage grain stocks to improve food security. Community cereal banks store sacks of grain throughout the year so families have more reliable access to affordable food, especially during times of drought. 5,058 children were immunized through vaccination campaigns supported by World Vision. 10 borehole wells were drilled in the area, improving access to clean water for children and their families. To help ensure that community members have sustainable access to clean water, we trained 30 people to repair and maintain borehole wells and 45 water committee members to manage community water systems. With our help, five villages launched community-led campaigns to improve sanitation. They reached people in their communities, including 494 students, with information on healthy sanitation practices such as building and using latrines. To encourage children's participation in school management, we helped establish four student governments. Campaigns were held in 10 villages to raise awareness of the importance of education and encourage parents to register their children for school. 94 teachers were trained in methods for teaching reading to primary school students.
Most Vulnerable Children, Advocacy