Urban Agra 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.
24 community savings groups provided interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services. This empowered them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs. We worked to reduce malnutrition by providing seeds, irrigation pumps, and information on how to start a household garden to parents of malnourished children. We worked with men in the community to encourage them in their responsibilities as husbands and fathers. We offered support groups where men talked about substance abuse, gender equality, and supporting their daughters' education. To increase access to quality healthcare, we conducted refresher training courses for healthcare staff on maternal and child health. As a result, awareness is being raised among pregnant and lactating women about the importance of prenatal and postnatal care, as well as children's health and nutrition. Children benefited from improved learning environments at ten schools where we built new water taps and sanitary latrines. We helped preschoolers prepare for school by opening 22 early childhood development centers, training teachers, and encouraging parents to enroll their children. To help increase literacy we opened libraries and tutoring centers to support children's education. We formed 13 children's clubs where boys and girls met regularly to talk about child rights, educational opportunities, citizenship, and leadership. We educated girls about their rights and choices by showing them the film "Girl Rising." The film features girls around the world rising up out of the worst conditions of early marriage and child labor into new opportunities.
|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Advocacy|
- India>Uttar Pradesh