Rio Verde Development Program 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.


With loans from VisionFund, our microfinance affiliate, parents started small businesses to generate income and help them better provide for their children. Three community gardens were established, enabling 222 families to grow a variety of nutritious food for their children. 75 teachers and 150 youth were trained in child rights and reproductive health through a health education program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy rates. 399 children received vaccinations and had their growth monitored through our partnership with local health agencies. 689 families were trained in proper nutrition and food preparation for young children. 1,215 children participated in a school-based hygiene and sanitation campaign and received hygiene kits to help prevent the spread of illness. Through our handwashing campaigns, 489 families learned healthy hygiene and sanitation practices to protect children's health. 786 households gained access to clean water, thanks to water projects carried out in partnership with a local water company. Through safe water campaigns, 33 mothers learned how to treat water before drinking it. 102 teachers were trained in improved teaching methods and 66 teachers were trained in new curriculum strategies. We also supplied 17 schools with learning materials to support new curriculum put in place by the Ministry of Education. 748 parents participated in activities at their children's schools. We worked with schools and parent committees to organize the activities, in an effort to get parents more involved in their children's education. 489 children attended preschool programs offered through our partnership with local government agencies. 938 families and 33 facilitators were trained in early childhood development and positive, nurturing parenting methods. 176 parents and 22 local leaders were trained in child rights and protection in an effort to reduce child abuse in the community.

Additional information

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.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Peace|Advocacy|


  • Ecuador>Esmeraldas>Rio Verde


  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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