Mhlosheni 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

29 youth were trained in electrical wiring and 17 women were trained in sewing; they are now using their skills to earn a living. 427 people participated in savings groups established by World Vision, using their savings to improve their livelihoods and provide for their children's basic needs. Women are now empowered to make decisions in their households because they have accumulated their own income. 45 farmers were trained in conservation agriculture to increase production of food and protect the environment, and 23 farmers were trained in improved livestock management. 34 community care coalition members were trained in proposal writing and business management. The community care coalitions, which are operated by two local churches, provided care and support for 231 orphans and vulnerable children. 85 home-based caregivers attended refresher courses on psychosocial support and lay counseling, equipping them to provide emotional support for orphans and vulnerable children and people living with HIV or AIDS. 36 youth learned about HIV prevention through our values-based life skills curriculum, stressing the importance of abstinence. To reduce malnutrition, we held cooking demonstrations and educated 300 parents and caregivers on proper nutrition for babies and young children. School management committees from 22 primary schools were trained in school governance, as well as how to conduct reading camps and develop literacy programs. 60 school committee members were trained in Citizen Voice and Action, our advocacy model that enables citizens to hold their government accountable for providing quality education services. As a result of their advocacy efforts, structural improvements have taken place at schools, such as the construction of toilets. 1,736 children participated in school debates on issues that affect their lives, including the quality of education and the spread of HIV, in an effort to improve their confidence and communication skills and provide them with opportunities to express their ideas. 57 preschool teachers were trained in early childhood education and development, benefiting 581 children. 50 child protection committees were trained in child protection, child rights, and how to report and refer child abuse to the local authorities.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Protection|Peace|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Swaziland>Shiselweni

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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