Himalaya Church Partnership 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.
Community savings groups helped 440 members increase their income. Savings groups provide interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services. This empowers them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs. We supported 25 youth who completed nursing and hotel management courses and earned good paying jobs that contributed to their family's livelihood. 450 farmers were trained on improved farming methods such as irrigation, crop diversification, and winter crop farming to increase yields and produce more food for their families. To reduce malnutrition, we collaborated with the health department to conduct a baby pageant with 210 children and their parents. The aim of the pageant was to teach parents that an ideal child is physically healthy, has good weight, is breastfed, eats a variety of foods, and has all the recommended vaccines. This was a fun, innovative way to teach parents about health topics. 425 families gained access to clean water when we installed 12 water tanks in areas where water scarcity was a daily problem. 140 members of school management committees were trained in planning and monitoring the quality of education to ensure that educational programs are sustainable. To make schools more child-friendly we built play sets and painted large colorful murals with public health messages about child rights.
- India>West Bengal
- Economic Recovery and Development