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.
10 community leaders attended computer training courses to enhance their role in supporting business development in the community and equip them to carry out administrative tasks that are necessary for their economic development work. 13 unemployed women were trained in entrepreneurship and business management and were assisted to start their own businesses. Farmers were able to access their fields more easily thanks to agricultural roads opened or rehabilitated by World Vision. Better roads make it possible for farmers to drive vehicles and machinery to their fields, improving production, helping them get their crops to market, and resulting in increased income so they can better provide for their children. In partnership with local veterinary agencies, we established a mobile veterinary service to protect the health of livestock and help farmers improve and increase their herds, which are a valuable source of food and income for many families. As a result of health advocacy efforts we supported community members successfully lobbied the Ministry of Health to appoint an ultrasound specialist at a village health clinic. 348 people attended health workshops focused on raising awareness of maternal and child health issues and nutrition. 29 kindergarten teachers were trained in improved teaching methods, benefiting 500 children in 11 kindergartens. We supported the renovation and equipping of school facilities such as science labs, computer labs, additional classrooms, sports facilities, and safe play areas. This allowed children to learn in an interactive way, practice what they learn, and enjoy going to school. 16 school librarians attended a six-day training course on database skills and library management, improving the quality of library services for 4,000 children. We helped establish, equip, and build the capacity of school disaster preparedness committees, community-based emergency centers, and community disaster risk reduction committees. We also worked with local partners to help communities update their disaster preparedness plans. The World Vision national youth forum organized a national event in which children from throughout the region presented plays, songs, and poems on the theme of eliminating violence in schools. With our support, schools and communities organized extracurricular activities such as bands, school radio broadcasts, and children's theater productions to promote child rights and prevent all forms of violence against children. Children were encouraged to participate and lead community development efforts through volunteering at schools, hospitals, and homes for the elderly, as well as arranging fun activities for children with special needs.
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