Flavio Alfaro 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.
In partnership with local government agencies, we trained families in skills such as making handicrafts, processing milk and cocoa products, baking, and sewing. As a result, community members started 20 new cooperative business ventures, benefiting 95 families. 27 families learned about preventive healthcare services, 120 parents learned about the importance of immunizations, and 111 children received the flu vaccine through our partnership with the Ministry of Health. Two meetings were held to educate community members on how to prevent the spread of disease by properly disposing of waste and keeping the environment clean. 678 hygiene kits and 274 bed nets were distributed to children younger than 5, helping to protect them from illness. 470 people were trained in proper nutrition and care for young children and pregnant women. Medical outreach campaigns were carried out in 15 communities with our support, reaching 120 children. 21 malnourished children were referred to nutrition programs to improve their health and nutritional status. 45 youth were trained as reproductive health promoters to help reduce teen pregnancy; they held reproductive health campaigns in 10 communities. 63 families were trained in safe water treatment and the prevention of respiratory infections and diarrhea. To boost children's literacy skills, we set up small libraries and reading corners and organized workshops in which 70 parents were encouraged to read to their children. 100 youth participated in a preparatory course for college admission. We also held awareness campaigns on the importance of higher education, after which 100 families surveyed expressed the belief that education is the best hope for their children. 500 children learned about their rights and responsibilities through a child rights campaign carried out at 17 schools. 40 people attended workshops on child protection, equipping them to lead child protection networks. 200 youth participated in workshops, vigils, forums, and other events aimed at promoting child rights. In addition, we helped develop a youth radio program to educate community members on the importance of strengthening family ties and of discussing and addressing issues that affect young people's lives, such as reproductive health and teen pregnancy. 100 youth were involved in a leadership program that helps young people develop life skills, continue their education, and plan for the future.
This Development Program uses an innovative approach to programming. Instead of creating projects around specific sectors, they conduct integrative projects around the ages of the participants. The 0-5 project, for example, includes activities in health and nutrition from pregnancy to age 5, early education, child development, and birth registration.
Most Vulnerable Children, Gender, Protection, Advocacy
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