Mbeza Greenfield 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.
Savings groups provided interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans to 90 new members who did not have access to traditional banking services, empowering them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs. To improve livestock production, we trained 28 farmers in improved poultry production. There is a high demand for poultry in the community, and trained farmers can use their new skills to provide additional income. In partnership with the district medical office, we equipped 30 health workers to distribute 1,200 insecticide-treated mosquito nets and educate community members on malaria prevention. In order to protect women and children from disease, we prepared 25 community health workers to diagnose childhood illnesses such as malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea and advise caregivers on appropriate treatment. To protect children in remote villages from disease, we provided the district medical office with Vitamin A supplements and deworming medicine for their outreach campaigns. Vitamin A protects against blindness and disease. To improve water and sanitation, World Vision drilled 12 borehole wells that served 3,400 people and repaired four school wells that provided clean water for 1,200 children and their teachers. We also constructed sanitary latrines at a school so 700 students would be protected from waterborne illnesses. 450 children attended a Day of the African Child event where they met with government officials about improving the quality of education. Key issues they raised included long distances to schools, few textbooks, inadequate teachers, no computers, lack of electricity, and poor sanitation. Day of the African Child is a continent-wide celebration where children learn about their right to education. We trained 30 community volunteers in disaster preparedness and management. These volunteers educated other community members and developed a disaster preparedness plan in the local language.
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
- Economic Recovery and Development
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene