Vicente Camalote 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.
25 young adults were equipped with skills to earn a living through our partnership with a local job training institute. 14 families were able to provide nutritious food for their children after we helped them start vegetable gardens. We monitored the health of more than 125 children with serious medical conditions and helped them access healthcare services. We partnered with local health clinics to monitor the nutritional status of 1,127 children younger than 5 and provided nutritional supplements and follow-up care for 26 malnourished children. 24 children strengthened their reading and writing skills through our literacy program, which encourages children to read for fun and offers activities such as story time and educational games. 12 children were equipped to tutor their peers, strengthening children's academic skills and giving the tutors opportunities to show independence. 16 children completed life-skills courses on topics such as communication, critical thinking, and decision-making. 182 young people were able to continue their studies thanks to our partnership with local universities and higher education institutions. 360 children and 484 youth were involved in enrichment activities such as spiritual nurture, art, games, and sports aimed at increasing their participation in fun, positive activities that improve children's well-being. 34 mothers were trained in ways to create loving, nurturing home environments for their children and 11 parents were trained in early childhood care and development. In addition, five community promoters were trained to encourage positive relationships between parents and their children, avoiding violence and fostering love and healthy communication. We coordinated with preschool teachers to identify children who showed aggressive behavior, absenteeism, and other signs of family conflict and worked with 84 parents to help them improve the emotional environment in their families.
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.
|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Advocacy|