Kassama 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.
175 households participated in savings groups, which offer interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans to help families increase their income. 25 women were trained in income-generating activities, equipping them with skills to earn a living and provide for their children. 173 farmers were trained in more productive farming methods and food storage to increase the availability of nutritious food for children. 2,554 malnourished children were rehabilitated through our collaboration with community health workers and partner organizations. 60 community health workers were trained in nutrition and proper feeding practices for babies and young children. They in turn shared their knowledge with women in the community. 10 borehole wells were drilled in the area, improving access to clean water for children and their families. To help ensure that community members have sustainable access to clean water, we trained 24 people to repair and maintain borehole wells and 60 water committee members to manage community water systems. To encourage children's participation in school management, we established four student governments. Campaigns were held in 10 villages to raise awareness of the importance of education, reaching 885 parents. We helped build the capacity of 20 school management committees to effectively manage schools and improve primary school enrollment and retention. 94 teachers were trained in methods for teaching reading to primary school students.