Pitseng 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.
Farmers who received training in livestock management reported higher milk production for their cows and increased income for their families. We established savings groups for farmers where they could pool their savings to buy equipment and supplies. Savings groups provided microloans that enabled farmers to sell in local markets and receive higher returns on their products. We increased school enrollment and retention by renovating one school and providing desks for three additional schools. Previously, children often had to sit on the floor which was not conducive to learning. High school students received new math and science textbooks and were encouraged to enter math and science competitions as part of our campaign to improve the quality of their education. We conducted values-based life skills education and spiritual nurture for adolescents through local youth clubs. HIV prevention, values, goal setting, teamwork, and self confidence were some of the topics covered. We formed village disaster management teams who developed emergency preparedness plans for their communities. To improve child protection, we formed child committees and trained them on child rights advocacy. Committee members met with local government officials to inform them about issues that face children today.