Shanthidatha 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.


We trained 353 families with malnourished children in livestock management and entrepreneurship so they could increase their food supplies and generate more income for their children's needs. Members of 414 households attended our awareness sessions on how to care for community members with HIV and disabilities. To reduce malnutrition, 1,584 mothers were taught to prepare nutritious meals for their children using low cost foods that were grown locally. We partnered with schools to conduct health classes for 2,597 adolescent girls on personal hygiene, reproductive health, nutrition, harmful effects of child marriage, and the importance of higher education. 98% of pregnant women attended prenatal visits and delivered their babies with a skilled birth attendant after we provided refresher courses on maternal and child health for nurses, midwives, and community health volunteers. 4,000 caregivers learned about the importance of proper handwashing as a way to reduce illness for children and adults. 1,891 families received household latrines as part of our campaign to improve community sanitation and safety. 40 child protection committees took part in a series of meetings that equipped them to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations. 26 children's clubs formed by World Vision collaborated with community based organizations to encourage children to participate in community decision making.

Cross-cutting issues

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


  • India>Andhra Pradesh


  • Education
  • Health

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