Casitas 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.
35 adolescents completed vocational training programs to become electricians and mechanics so they could seek jobs and earn income for their families In order to improve family nutrition and decrease cases of malnutrition, we coordinated with the Ministry of Education and the Peace Corps to establish home and school gardens full of cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, and other nutritious vegetables. 2,534 boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13 participated in a health workshop we facilitated with the Ministry of Health where they learned about handwashing, oral hygiene, and personal cleanliness. 520 boys and girls participated in our special reading programs and worked with tutors to improve their reading skills and succeed in school. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Education, we trained 30 parents of young children in early stimulation practices that prepare little ones for preschool, such as reading books, playing games, learning to share, and demonstrating kind behavior. We conducted workshops with members of community protection systems like judges and lawyers to address topics such as children’s rights and enhancing the legal system to better protect kids. 415 children and youth participated in child rights clubs in order to learn about their rights to education, healthcare, and protection and to raise their voices in the community about issues that affect them.
Gender, Protection, Advocacy