Luces de Esperanza 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.
We worked with parents to help them create healthy living environments for their children by improving their homes, setting up safe spaces for kids to study and play, and adopting hygiene practices such as washing hands and boiling drinking water. 5,568 families learned about the importance of good nutrition for children's health and development. Families from 20 communities now have access to clean water in their homes, which will help reduce the prevalence of water-related illness among children. Primary school teachers launched World Vision's reading encouragement program in 14 communities. To support the reading program, we organized awareness campaigns that reached 432 parents with information about the crucial role reading plays in children's development. 445 parents from 20 communities applied our reading encouragement program at home in an effort to improve their children's reading comprehension and inspire a love of reading. In addition, 195 families with children younger than 5 years old set up learning spaces at home. 200 children attended reading sessions and educational play centers, where they participated in fun activities designed to improve their reading comprehension. Community-based organizations presented proposals to the local government on behalf of children and young people, demonstrating their commitment to improving their communities. To support their efforts, we trained 18 community members in leadership and community development. Three community advocacy offices were established. They are working with local government, volunteers, and police to promote child rights and address domestic violence and child protection issues. 33 community volunteers were trained to monitor children's well-being, advise families on the care and protection of children, and refer cases of child rights violation to local authorities.
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