Kubu Raya 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.
Through our entrepreneurship training, 21 families learned how to raise pigs or keep bees for additional income. 30 mothers were trained in savings and financial management to help them increase their income and better provide for their children. 210 households gained access to clean water after we trained community members in water tank construction and provided supplies for five water tanks. We organized community meetings to encourage people to volunteer at early childhood development centers and mini libraries in an effort to increase community involvement and sustainability. Children came together to learn and build positive relationships through our mini libraries and children's study groups. Village government officials and public service officials were trained on child-friendly communities, child rights, and Citizens Voice in Action (an advocacy approach that empowers people to speak up for their rights and for improved basic services). These trainings set the groundwork for officials to become more involved in development efforts in the coming years. 49 children participated in a children's forum where they had opportunities to engage in local government processes and speak up for child rights.
This Development Program uses an innovative approach to programming. Instead of creating projects around specific sectors, they conduct integrative projects that include activies from all sectors including health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education, food security, economic development, and child protection.
- Indonesia>West Kalimantan