Hai Lang 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

269 farmers took out small, affordable loans through our local microfinance partner. They used the loans to develop and expand their farming businesses and increase their incomes. We constructed four irrigation systems and supplied 400 farmers with high-yield rice seedlings, enabling farmers to produce more rice and increase their incomes so they can better provide for their children. Through our agricultural program, 41 people learned how to grow high-value crops such as chili peppers or mushrooms for nutritious food and as a source of income. 644 parents and caregivers attended workshops on child health and nutrition, where they learned about healthy hygiene practices and how to prepare nutritious meals using locally available ingredients. To improve the quality of healthcare services available in the community, we supplied seven health centers with equipment and medicine, including oral rehydration solution to replace fluids and prevent or treat dehydration in children suffering from diarrhea. 190 health workers, health volunteers, and teachers were trained in nutrition, equipping them to help prevent malnutrition among children. 245 children attended reading clubs to strengthen their reading and life skills. We partnered with parent-teacher committees to start eight new reading clubs in 2014. We worked closely with parent-teacher committees to build their capacity and support their efforts to improve schools. Committee members volunteered to read with children, donated learning materials, worked in school nutrition gardens, and mobilized parents to become more involved in their children's education. 648 parents were trained in child development and ways to strengthen their children's learning and social skills through playful activities. 37 new children's clubs were established, bringing the total number of clubs in the area to 90. Children who attend learn about their rights, are encouraged to participate in community development efforts, and have opportunities for fun outdoor activities. To improve child protection systems in the community, we trained local partners on child rights, child abuse prevention, and case management. We also strengthened a government office that investigates child abuse allegations and helped create a hotline parents and children can call to report abuse or receive advice on child protection issues.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Vietnam>Quang Tri

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health

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