Kirindon 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.
30 orphans, vulnerable children, and people living with HIV received sheep and were trained in vocational skills as part of an effort to help them generate income. Patients had to travel half as far to receive healthcare after we collaborated with the government to improve outpatient, inpatient, and ambulance services at a local health facility. 1,100 people living with HIV and AIDS were trained about reducing the spread of the disease. 5,256 mothers are better able to meet their children’s health needs after attending sessions on the importance of breastfeeding and better nutrition practices. Pregnant women and youth were educated about reducing the spread of HIV and AIDS in the community and were provided with counseling, information on disease prevention, and voluntary testing for HIV. Together with local health partners, we educated 3,536 mothers on maternal and child health and nutrition, including the importance of prenatal and postnatal care and delivering babies at health facilities. Community members secured funding to construct reservoir water tanks and lobbied the government to help construct a 13-mile water pipeline. 24 community health extension officers reached out to eight villages with information on creating an Open Defecation Free community. As a result, these villages have started constructing pit latrines that will help reduce waterborne illness. 360 children received health and hygiene trainings that led to increased handwashing and better sanitation practices. We built two new early childhood development centers in partnership with the Ministry of Education so more young children have access to education. Campaigns about the importance of education reached 1,780 people who were encouraged to enroll and keep their children in school. 139 children and adults took part in a series of meetings on advocating for child rights and handling cases of child abuse
|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Advocacy|