Hatun Jirka 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.
The prevalence of diarrhea among children decreased from 9.9 percent to 6.5 percent due to families' efforts to improve their living conditions. Improvements included installing ecological stoves and refrigerators, adopting healthy hygiene practices, cleaning up areas where children play, and rearranging homes to be safer for children. 370 families are better able to provide nutritious meals for their children after learning how to raise and breed small livestock. 24 mothers were trained to mentor other mothers, teaching them how to create a nurturing home environment and how to stimulate their children's emotional and social development. More than 34 percent of families with children younger than 3 years old are now practicing strategies to stimulate their children's development. Equipped through our early childhood education workshops, more than 57 percent of parents with children between the ages of 3 and 5 are helping their children get ready to read. Together with community members, we helped establish seven child development centers, which offer early childhood education programs and parenting resources. 12 children's clubs spoke up for child rights by carrying out activities such as an anti-bullying campaign and participating in local congress meetings. With our help, community members developed a community development plan that includes items such as promoting child rights, mitigating the impact of natural disasters, and holding workshops on issues that affect children's lives.
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