Sinthiang Koundara 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.
To improve the nutrition status of children under age 5, we worked with partners to educate mothers about child nutrition and supported centers that rehabilitate malnourished children. We supported 19 health posts with equipment and medication to improve the quality of health services accessible to local communities. In an effort to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS, we organized education sessions on HIV prevention for 778 children and 333 youth and offered HIV testing to the older students. 130 community members received access to safe water when we drilled a new well in the area. 27 preschool teachers and 144 primary school teachers attended sessions on planning their lessons and managing their classrooms in order to improve the quality of education. 60 members of school management committees were trained in planning and monitoring the quality of education to ensure that educational programs are sustainable. To mitigate the effects of natural disasters, we partnered with the Red Cross to educate 120 people on disaster management. We also trained 240 representatives from 45 villages on how to prevent and fight the dangerous bush fires that occur in the area. 91 peer educators were trained on child rights and protection, and organized sessions in their villages where they educated 417 other children and youth. 1,035 children were registered for birth certificates as a result of a World Vision campaign. Birth certificates are essential for school registration, healthcare, and child protection.
- Economic Recovery and Development