Sinazongwe 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.
Farmers whom we previously trained in growing fruits and vegetables reaped large crops of green peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, cabbage, and cucumbers. We worked with the farmers to find more markets where they could sell their extra produce. To increase knowledge of HIV prevention, we conducted an advocacy session on the importance of voluntary counseling and testing. As a result, 1,143 people were tested for HIV. 614 children attended health education classes on preventing HIV and AIDS that we offered in partnership with peer educators. 30 community leaders were trained in government-mandated malaria prevention and control strategies. These leaders are now empowered to ensure proper implementation of malaria interventions at local health centers. 20,000 children received Vitamin A and 17,000 received deworming medication when we partnered with the Ministry of Health on child health campaigns in remote villages. Our mobile health project trained community volunteers to screen pregnant women and children under age 2 for malnutrition. Volunteers counseled mothers on serving locally available foods such as leafy green vegetables, high protein groundnuts, and Vitamin C-rich tamarind fruits. The at-risk children and women are monitored regularly and referred to health facilities immediately when their health deteriorates. To improve sanitation, we worked with community members to construct 890 new latrines and trained 943 adults and children on handwashing and personal hygiene. We collaborated with the Ministry of Education to monitor and strengthen 31 Parent Teacher Associations. PTAs work hand in hand with school authorities to ensure that all children have access to quality education. Three new reading and math clubs were formed, bringing the total to 24. The clubs work to improve reading and math skills for students so they can succeed in school. To improve community resilience to natural disasters, we trained local men and women on disaster management, early warning, and development of a community disaster preparedness plan.
|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Advocacy|
- Economic Recovery and Development