Mixtla 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 worked with local healthcare workers and volunteers to educate parents on child and maternal health, nutrition, and the importance of immunizations. Over the last five years, 70 percent of families in the area have gained access to clean water through water projects we supported. In 2014, more than 655 families installed rainwater-harvesting tanks with our help. 165 families were trained in safe water treatment and improved sanitation to prevent the spread of disease. Eight education committees were trained in advocacy, management, and leadership. They followed up and monitored children's school performance and launched school improvement plans. Together with the Ministry of Education, we launched a peer tutoring program at 10 schools. More than 400 children were assisted with their math, reading, and writing through the program. Children were strengthened in their literacy skills and learned to love reading at 13 reading centers we established. 284 children participated in a Family Day gathering and 204 children attended our World Day of Peace celebration; both events focused on reinforcing moral values and reducing violence in the community. 924 children were involved in our children's clubs and youth networks, strengthening their leadership skills and giving them opportunities to participate in activities such as spiritual nurture, sporting events, and advocacy efforts in a safe, nurturing environment.
This Development Program uses an innovative approach to programming. Instead of creating projects around specific sectors, they conduct integrative projects around the ages of the participants. The 0-5 project, for example, includes activities in health and nutrition from pregnancy to age 5, early education, child development, and birth registration.
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene