Dar El Barka 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.


392 women were trained in income-generating activities that helped them pay education and healthcare costs for their children. The women used some of the money they earned to provide snacks at their children's childhood development center. 640 children under the age of 5 who were at risk of malnutrition were provided with extra food supplies to help their families prepare nutritious meals during the non-harvest season. During a community health campaign we organized with our local health partners, 5,000 children were immunized against polio and were provided with deworming medicine and Vitamin A supplements to protect them against blindness and disease. We collaborated with the Department for Youth and Sports to organize an awareness day on the dangers of HIV and AIDS. 40 peer educators trained that day taught 200 community members about HIV and AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment. We distributed 2,253 water purification kits to reduce the incidence of water-borne illnesses, and provided 300 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to combat malaria. 213 children were enrolled in three daycare centers we created to provide kids with early childhood education. In partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Childhood, and the Family, we organized a training workshop on early childhood development for 54 teachers and volunteers working in our preschool program. 45 community members attended the training on child protection and child rights we offered in partnership with a government agency. We started a new club for youth where they learned about protecting their rights and applying for birth certificates. Birth certificates provide children and youth with access to education, healthcare, and protection.

Cross-cutting issues



  • Mauritania>Brakna


  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Food Aid
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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