Gasorwe 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.
116 savings and loan groups were established with our help, enabling members to pay for emergency medical expenses and purchase land and livestock to generate income for their families 31 farmers' associations were trained in improved farming methods and provided with potato seeds and banana plants to help them get started. 910 families with malnourished children received seeds and training on how to grow vegetables. We continued to monitor the success of a livestock pass-on program that was established previously. Through this program, families receive livestock and agree to pass on some of the animals' offspring to other families in need. In 2014, the livestock multiplied blessing many more families with 26 calves and 85 goats. 5.110 community health workers were trained to provide home-based healthcare and to identify diseases such as pneumonia and malaria and treat or refer as needed. Community leaders, health staff, and volunteers attended six education sessions on growth monitoring and community-based approaches to managing childhood illnesses. 100 couples were trained in the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies and shared what they learned with others in the community. 1,578 malnourished children were rehabilitated through community nutrition programs established by World Vision and local health agencies, and 12 malnourished children were referred to outpatient therapeutic programs. Through our Channels of Hope program, 37 community care coalitions and 37 Congregational Hope Action Teams were established to care for vulnerable children and people living with HIV or AIDS. Channels of Hope is a program that equips local churches and community organizations to take action on HIV and AIDS issues. 117 community health workers and volunteers were trained in proper nutrition for babies and young children; they helped form 13 mothers support groups to promote child and maternal health and nutrition. To improve learning environments, we worked with community members to build classrooms and latrines and provided desks, books, and vegetable seeds to four primary schools. 26 school management committees developed school improvement plans with our help, focusing on strengthening the quality of education and ensuring that girls have the opportunity to attend school. 480 children attended our reading camps where they participated in fun activities designed to improve their literacy skills.
Most Vulnerable Children, Advocacy