Ballia 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 formed 275 savings groups to provide interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services. This empowers them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs. We improved food security by providing 425 families with goats that produce nutritious milk and meat. We also equipped 40 farmers' groups with water pumps to irrigate their crops. 68 pregnant women received the recommended amount of prenatal care visits, vaccines, and supplements to provide optimum health for their babies and themselves. 2,000 adolescent girls received education on health, nutrition, and hygiene to prevent later malnutrition in their babies. All participants were also provided with a hygiene kit Because village water was contaminated with iron, arsenic, and bacteria, we installed four water filter plants and provided 1,000 home water filters to families. 129 families were provided with toilets to ensure better sanitation in the community. 218 students received bicycles to help them continue their studies rather than drop out of school due to lack of transportation. 620 children received tutoring at special centers we set up to support them, and 49 youth completed a four-month computer course we organized to help them in the job market.

Cross-cutting issues

Most Vulnerable Children, Gender, Protection, Advocacy


  • India>Uttar Pradesh


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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