Buddee 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.
We prepared agriculture trainers to go out and teach farmers how to earn more income for their families by improving their crops and livestock. 979 male and female farmers were chosen to join networks that will help teach them about boosting crop production and marketing their goods. We sent 50 farmers to a trade show where they met with researchers and finance institutions to discuss the latest issues and advances in agriculture. After a major storm blew down crops, villagers began to realize how deforestation had eliminated the trees that previously served as a valuable wind block. We provided them with new trees to help protect the fields, as well as sweet potato, cassava, and maize starts to help farmers provide food for their children. To improve sanitation at two schools, we constructed separate pit latrines for boys and girls. Teachers reported that girls' attendance improved because they appreciated the increased safety and privacy. 78 teachers learned to create educational materials that were easy for kids to understand in their own cultural context so they could succeed at reading, writing, and math. We updated 124 teachers on mentoring techniques, curriculum, and technology skills which they are using to better meet the needs of their students. We reached over 1,500 parents in the community with information about the importance of sending their children to school in order to expand their future opportunities. Parents of children with disabilities learned to better manage their needs after attending our special parenting classes. To reduce the incidence of child abuse we organized faith leaders to speak out in their communities about child rights and protection.
- Economic Recovery and Development
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene