Okodem 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.
128 people joined savings groups, which offer interest earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans to help families increase their income. A sugar cane processing unit was constructed as part of World Vision's Food Security Project with support from generous U.S. church partners to help develop agricultural production. We helped grow 30,000 tree seedlings to reforest and control erosion on the hillside of a watershed. We encouraged vegetable production among community members to benefit 50 children and youth with more nutritious food. 4,402 children received deworming medication and health consultations, 500 mothers learned about preventive health, 78 pregnant women were vaccinated against tetanus, and 164 children were fully immunized through our partnership with local health agencies. 150 children received specialized medical care with our support. 1,700 children received Vitamin A, to prevent blindness, and iron supplements, and tetanus shots to help protect them from illness. We provided children with food to improve their health and helped malnourished children fully recuperate. 500 people learned how to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted diseases through our awareness campaigns. We cared for 37 people living with HIV through psychological and nutritional support and assistance with income-generating activities. 30 church leaders were trained to care for people impacted by HIV in a sensitive, compassionate manner. To make clean water more accessible, we completed preliminary work for a new water point, including a well and hand pump, and will begin training community members to maintain the water point. More than 4,000 children were able to continue their education thanks to our tuition subsidies. We encouraged youth to develop life skills by training them in art, theater, dance, music, and sports. With our help, five communities assessed their vulnerabilities and capacities during a disaster and developed plans for disaster prevention and response. 1,050 children and youth were trained on child development, rights, and responsibilities, empowering them to be active, transformational community members. Five child protection units were established to help prevent child rights violations and counsel families and children who have suffered abuse.
|Most Vulnerable Children|
- Economic Recovery and Development
- Human Rights Democracy and Governance