Sekyere East 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.
With our help, community members started 10 new savings groups, bringing the total to 20 savings groups with 1,900 members benefiting from basic financial services such as small business loans. To help ensure that borehole wells built previously continue to provide clean water, we trained water committees to manage and maintain community water sources. 444 children were able to enroll in preschool thanks to temporary preschool classrooms set up in eight communities. 918 people participated in workshops and community reflections on child protection and children's well-being. We also established child rights clubs at five schools.
This Development Program uses an innovative approach to programming. Instead of creating projects around specific sectors, they conduct integrative projects that include activies from all sectors including health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education, food security, economic development, and child protection.