Kipushi 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.
225 farmers joined savings groups, which offer interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans so families can increase their income and better provide for their children. 15 young people were trained to drive and maintain cars, enabling them to find jobs as drivers for government officials and other community leaders. 29 leaders of community-based organizations were trained in management and entrepreneurship. They started poultry businesses, enabling them to pay school fees and healthcare expenses for 1,753 vulnerable children in their communities. 12 associations were established to help farmers increase their income. The associations' 300 members were trained on how to access quality seeds, boost production, and increase the market value of their products. 13,822 children were administered deworming medication through an immunization campaign carried out in partnership with local health agencies. 299 children overcame malnutrition through community nutrition programs, which we supported with equipment and technical assistance. Members of four local churches were trained to care for orphans, people living with HIV or AIDS, and other vulnerable people in their congregations and communities. Community health workers and Department of Education staff trained by World Vision carried out HIV-prevention campaigns that reached 6,573 people, including nearly 5,000 students. We constructed latrines at two health centers and a school to improve sanitation and prevent the spread of disease. 12 Parent Teacher Associations were trained to monitor and strengthen the quality of education. 5,521 children are studying in improved learning environments after we trained 270 teachers in child-centered teaching methods and equipped them with materials for their classrooms. 20 children formed parliaments to promote child rights and advocate for vulnerable children. Together with youth groups, they met with local leaders to address issues that affect their lives, such as child labor. As a result, many children who were working in quarries quit their jobs. We helped them reintegrate into school and resume their studies.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo>Katanga