Tipitapa 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.
In partnership with the Ministry of Health, we trained and certified 23 health volunteers to actively promote preventive healthcare in the community and identify the early signs of respiratory diseases and diarrhea in children under age 5 so they can receive proper treatment. 267 girls and 297 boys participated in health classes where they learned about teeth brushing and handwashing as ways to improve personal hygiene and prevent disease. To encourage children to remain in school, we provided teachers with additional training, developed reading clubs for boys and girls, equipped schools with more textbooks, and supported vulnerable children with uniforms and school supplies. More than 100 children received birth certificates, as a result of our work with local authorities to make sure that children are registered at birth and fully recognized as citizens who can exercise their rights. To help mothers and fathers learn positive parenting skills and build strong families, we provided sessions for 135 parents on communication, self-esteem, and preventing abuse and neglect.
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