South Delhi 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.
In order to reduce malnutrition, we partnered with local health organizations to help 250 malnourished children. Children received food supplements and caregivers were taught how to cook healthy, low cost meals. We provided refresher training on maternal and child health to nurses, midwives, and healthcare volunteers who worked together to ensure that pregnant women received full immunizations, vitamin supplements, and assistance with delivering their babies. 250 families whose malnourished children were enrolled in a nutrition program were given water filters to help improve their clean water supply. Dirty water is the main cause of diarrhea, which exacerbates malnutrition. 72 youth were provided with career counseling that will help them pursue economic opportunities and provide for their families. To improve access to education for all children, we opened education centers for 56 disabled students who cannot attend government schools. 178 children who were struggling in school received extra help at the tutoring centers we opened to help children complete their education. 250 children attended the Play for Peace training organized by World Vision to teach them about citizenship, moral values and ethics, conflict resolution, and compassion. The training recognizes that children learn important concepts through play. Children who participated in our children's clubs learned about child rights and improving their community. They got involved by encouraging their peers to stay in school and raising money to assist children with emergency needs.