Gushiegu 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.
Through HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns, 1,500 people learned about HIV prevention and treatment and how to decrease stigma against those affected by the illness. We supplied the local hospital and health centers with delivery beds, hygiene kits, and scales to improve the quality of healthcare services. Community health volunteers participated in a series of trainings that equipped them to monitor the health and nutritional status of children and their mothers. 5,000 people gained access to clean water through 11 borehole wells we drilled. In addition, we provided water purifier packets to more than 1,000 households in communities that did not benefit from a borehole well. 500 school health club members were trained in healthy hygiene and sanitation practices to prevent the spread of disease. 28 pump maintenance volunteers were trained to manage and maintain borehole wells, helping to ensure that they continue to provide clean water for years to come. 84 water committee members and local leaders were trained to manage community-led water, sanitation, and hygiene activities. Community members participated in our child rights and child protection workshops, emphasizing respect for children's rights and how to identify and report child protection issues.
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