Colomoncagua 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.
70 families with children younger than 5 started 10 community gardens, enabling them to grow a greater variety of nutritious food. They were also trained on the nutritional value of the crops and their essential role in children's growth and development. 729 children younger than age 5 were immunized through our joint campaign with the local Ministry of Health. Our health project focused on strengthening maternal and child health by raising awareness of nutrition and the importance of seeking healthcare services. Through community meetings and home visits, 236 families learned about healthy hygiene and sanitation practices and water management to protect their health. 61 children who were struggling in school improved their math and reading skills through our peer tutoring program. 10 communities drafted plans to identify and address the most urgent needs and issues children face. As part of this process, which encourages local ownership and sustainability of development efforts, communities will be carrying out their own development projects with our support. Among the projects currently underway are three playground improvements and a new school roof.