North Chennai 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 trained 86 families with malnourished children in how to start a small business so they could generate more income for their children's basic needs. 150 families with malnourished children were provided with fruit and vegetable seeds and trained on starting home gardens to improve household food security. We partnered with local schools to conduct health classes for 900 adolescent girls on reproductive health and the harmful effects of early marriage. In order to improve the quality of healthcare, we provided refresher trainings for 533 healthcare staff on infant and child healthcare, breastfeeding, nutrition, immunizations, and prenatal and postnatal care. Participants encouraged women to use healthcare facilities, especially while pregnant. 90% of pregnant women in the community attended the recommended number of prenatal appointments and received the appropriate vaccines and supplements. 86 severely underweight children achieved a normal weight when they were treated using a special nutrition program that includes food and vitamin supplements, growth monitoring, and parent education. 2,142 children and their families attended hygiene education sessions and received hygiene kits containing a towel, soap, hairbrush, and toothpaste. We conducted educational sessions on the importance of proper handwashing with 1,650 caregivers. Proper handwashing can prevent diarrhea and improve community health. 420 children participated in children's clubs we organized to train them on their rights and empower them to protect other children from abuses. Young people also learned the value of education and healthy habits at these clubs.

Cross-cutting issues



  • India>Tamil Nadu


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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