El Pacifico 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.

Activities

Community members stepped up to protect children's health, with six new community health workers registered at local healthcare facilities, 25 volunteers involved in health initiatives for infants, and 13 community health workers trained in nutrition and diarrhea prevention. 310 families attended child nutrition workshops about major food groups and the benefits of eating balanced meals. 17 healthcare workers were trained in nutrition and learned how to measure children's growth and nutritional status. The healthcare workers are involved in a child growth and development program through which 295 children were monitored and their parents provided with personalized counseling on nutrition and ways to improve their children's health. 160 families are better able to protect their children's health after learning about healthy hygiene and sanitation practices, how to prevent diarrhea, and how to care for children who are suffering from diarrhea. More than 240 families set up reading spaces at home as part of World Vision's Traveling Backpack program, which sends books home with kids and encourages parents to help kids form a habit of reading. In addition, 170 fathers started reading with their kids because of the Traveling Backpack program. Three primary schools opened recreational reading spaces equipped with learning materials, books, magazines, and puppets. The spaces are designed to promote reading in a fun, engaging way. 63 primary school teachers were trained in communication, self-esteem, and decision-making as part of an effort to equip children with essential life skills. 67 teachers were trained in innovative strategies for improving children's reading comprehension, including the Traveling Backpack program and recreational reading spaces. More than 1,500 children benefited from these strategies. The community child protection network identified 26 cases of child rights violations and child protection incidents, which they referred to local agencies. The network is staffed by 18 volunteer advocates trained and supported by World Vision. Through a leadership formation program, local leaders met with child protection advocates to reflect on the importance of protecting children's rights. The leaders went on to organize a child rights festival in which 1,500 parents participated.

Cross-cutting issues

Most Vulnerable Children, Environment, Protection, Disability, Advocacy

Locations

  • Peru>Lima Province

Sectors

  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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