Karunamaya 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.
330 youth completed skills training programs in computer technology, tailoring, and embroidery and began earning income for their families. This has helped many families send their younger children to school. 308 families with malnourished children were provided with cows and goats and trained in livestock management so they could provide more nutritious food for their children 4,000 adolescent girls attended health education sessions we hosted with a local faith-based organization on personal hygiene, nutrition, and the harmful effects of early marriage. 200 pregnant women received the recommended amount of prenatal visits, vaccines, and supplements to provide better health for their babies and themselves. Malnutrition in the community was reduced from 47% to 35% after we partnered with community groups to provide training to 5,500 women on low cost nutritious food preparation and proper breastfeeding. 5,876 mothers and care givers were trained on hygiene practices, such as handwashing, in order to decrease waterborne illness for the community and their children. 4,000 local children were enrolled in primary school after we held several attendance campaigns and, in collaboration with the government, started a program that provides free lunches at schools. Adolescent girls faced barriers to education such as discrimination, safety, and lack of parent support. We addressed these issues by working with the government to educate girls' parents and provide separate latrines at school for privacy. We formed 43 child protection committees that raised awareness in the community about child rights and the dangers of early marriage.
- India>Andhra Pradesh