East Khasi Hills 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

12 students completed a tailoring course and two students attended nursing school as part of our efforts to increase economic opportunities for youth. 45 families were able to sell their tea and coffee harvests last year when the plantations we set up in 2009 finally came to maturity. 857 families with malnourished children received seedlings and started growing fruits and vegetables in household gardens. Over 3,000 mothers took classes on preparing nutritious meals using local ingredients. To increase food supplies for malnourished children, we provided 254 families with pigs that they can use for food and income. 500 adolescents at seven local schools participated in workshops we hosted with the government health office about early marriage, immunization, and personal hygiene. 2,599 households attended our sessions about boiling water to remove impurities, and each family received a covered container in which to filter and store their water. 685 primary school students attended the new tutoring centers we set up to provide them with extra help to succeed in school. We supported seven community child protection groups that raised awareness on child rights and the harmful effects of early marriage.

Cross-cutting issues

Gender, Peace, Advocacy, HIV&AIDS

Locations

  • India>Meghalaya

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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