Mandacaru 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.


1.308 children and adolescents have participated in collective action claiming for the respect of their rights. 2.There are 12 community leaders participating in advocacy spaces in defense of basic rights. 3.4 youth groups were created with 25 people each who plan and evaluate actions related to children rights and the need of the groups in the community. 4.67 adolescents discuss social aspects and their rights in their communities5.247 families are involved in some kind of economic opportunity of collective action.6."We contributed to the strengthening of the Protection Network involving community leaderships, representatives of related municipal secretariats and the Guardianship Council to promote articulated actions in monitoring cases of violation of rights of children and adolescents."7.Adolescents and young people are developing entrepreneurial activities with support of WV's programing. 8."We implemented activities such as capoeira (folk leg-wrestling), computer classes and reading practices that have promoted learning moments, socialization of knowledge and leisure for over 2000 children and adolescents"9.The expansion of educational activities such as reading practices in 19 schools, sports in the 36 centers, capoeira (folk leg-wrestling) in 03 centers, financial education in 11 schools and digital inclusion for 380 children have increased the insertion of RC and contributed to the process of formation of children and adolescents10.18% of children and adolescents age 10-17 know how to identify inappropriate contacts, abuse, neglect and violence of any kind in order to protect themselves from violations of their rights. 11.35 family members participate in productive activities supported by the program and are able to say that they meet the basic needs for their children12."There are 4 productive groups that are dedicated to free-range chickens, vegetables and greens, cakes and fruit pulp that have their productive basis on the principles of agro ecology and respect to relations with the environment. The rescue of the community seed banks are also guided by the preservation of regional seeds and food sovereignty of families."13."Families were trained in handling livestock and dealing with drought through field days in the communities. It is based on agro ecology in the training processes and reflections in order to contribute to a harmonious coexistence between man and nature."14.There is one Caregiver network advocating for system that guarantees the rights and maintenance of child welfare monitoring15.250 families participate in activities offered by the program that promote children's wellbeing

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Protection|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|


  • Brazil>Alagoas


  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Protection

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