Bassin Diaman 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.
More than 300 children received Vitamin A supplements to protect them from blindness and disease, and vaccines to improve their overall health. 12 midwives were trained to prevent infections and identify risks during pregnancy. 13 children under age 5 were provided with food rich in iron and protein to improve their nutrition. 40 church leaders were trained on the prevention of and stigma surrounding HIV and sexually transmitted illnesses, encouraging them to respond compassionately to people impacted by these diseases. In addition, we trained 70 youth and adults to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. We continued to raise awareness of how to prevent and respond to cases of cholera and other waterborne diseases. Through our educational enrichment program, 26 children learned about music and 64 children learned to paint, giving them valuable creative skills. 55 teachers and principals participated in professional development courses on improved methods for teaching reading, writing, and math, and 27 principals were trained to improve the learning environments at their schools. 4,330 students were able to continue their education thanks to our school tuition grants. 185 children and youth were empowered with knowledge about their rights and responsibilities as active community members. We collaborated with local partners to establish nine child protection committees, which are groups formed to help protect children, educate others about children’s rights and responsibilities, and teach parents about their roles in protecting children. We raised awareness among children of their rights, their roles as citizens, and the importance of their participation in community activities, resulting in 94 children and youth sharing their views with community leaders.
Most Vulnerable Children, Protection, Advocacy