Kemkian 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.
10 youth completed a vocational training course in sewing, equipping them with skills to earn a living. 30 community nutrition workers were trained in nutrition for babies and young children, enabling them to educate parents in nutrition and child health, check on vulnerable children and their mothers, and refer children to the health center for nutrition monitoring. As a result, 47 malnourished children were rehabilitated. As a result of ongoing efforts to raise awareness and reduce stigma, people living with HIV or AIDS, especially women, are now participating in social and economic activities and are able to contribute to their communities and better care for their children. In 2014, 172 people were provided with information on HIV and AIDS prevention. Campaigns were held in 34 villages to raise awareness of malnutrition through skits and other entertaining activities. To help protect children from malaria, we organized malaria-prevention campaigns, supplied health centers with anti-malarial medication, and distributed insecticidal bed nets. As a result, the percentage of children sleeping under bed nets increased to 85 percent. 43 teachers and school directors were trained in healthy hygiene and sanitation practices to prevent the spread of disease among school children. Children and their families gained access to clean water from a new borehole well drilled in their community. We partnered with the Red Cross to promote healthy hygiene and sanitation practices and helped 34 households build latrines. Students' reading levels and test scores improved in 2014 thanks to the joint efforts of parents, teachers, school inspectors, and the World Vision team. We worked closely with schools to improve the quality of education through teacher training workshops, debates, academic competitions, and other education programs. To improve the learning environment for children, we helped build three classrooms and supplied schools with textbooks, teaching materials, and desks. 40 children who did not have the opportunity to complete primary school were able to resume their education with our support. We organized campaigns to raise awareness of child rights and discourage harmful traditional practices such as forcing girls to marry early and keeping boys out of school to herd livestock. Eleven of the campaigns focused on preventing harmful traditional practices, which causes devastating physical and emotional damage to girls.