Forjadores del futuro 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.
28 teachers from 16 schools were trained in strategies for encouraging children to read and to improve their reading comprehension. They, in turn, helped other schools start reading programs. Students now have better access to books and other resources through new learning libraries at six elementary schools. We also trained 68 teachers in methods for using the libraries to promote good reading habits. Community volunteers visited 546 children younger than 5 years old to make sure they are well cared for and to check in with their families. With support from the local government and community members, we helped establish 13 early childhood development centers. 10 child protection advocates were trained in child protection, child rights, and other issues that affect children and their families. They are now in the process of being certified by the local government. 300 children participated in a workshop to develop their leadership and social skills and to foster a sense of responsibility as citizens. As a result, 45 youth started a children's club in the community. Through advocacy efforts, our staff played a major role in helping the local government implement six new policies that will benefit children, including policies aimed at improving children's reading comprehension and math skills.