Kota 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.
20 new community savings groups were formed to help 191 people increase their income. Savings groups provide interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services, empowering them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs. 50 farmers participated in our sessions on planting a variety of vegetables to increase dietary diversification and decrease malnutrition for their children. These farmers then passed on their knowledge to other farmers. To increase family food supplies, 250 farmers were trained on post-harvest management, which involves storing crops in metal containers to protect against moisture and pests. After we organized health campaigns for youth on preventing and treating HIV and AIDS, local health centers reported that an increased number of young people sought voluntary counseling and testing. We collaborated with the Department of Rural Water Supply to establish a water maintenance fund to sustain the existing wells and water pumps. 66 adults, including herders and illiterate community members, attended reading and writing classes at the new learning center we set up in partnership with a community-based organization. Local teachers attended our workshops on how to integrate special-needs children into the education system. As a result, children with disabilities are now attending Kota area schools. In partnership with the Disaster Management Authority (DMA) we improved community resilience to emergencies by increasing awareness about disaster mitigation. To increase child protection, we formed six children's committees and trained them on exercising their rights and reporting issues of abuse.
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene