Palmera 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.

Activities

813 people were equipped with training in accounting, marketing, customer service, jewelry design, and other skills to help them start small businesses. 52 youth and 67 parents developed business plans with our help and 625 entrepreneurs took out business loans through our local microfinance affiliate. In addition, 16 youth graduates from our technical training program founded an entrepreneurs network to increase their economic opportunities. Three health committees were created and trained in advocacy and health laws that benefit children. They are working to monitor healthcare access and to help people file complaints when their rights to quality healthcare services are violated. Through advocacy, the health committees play a crucial role in improving and sustaining the quality of healthcare services available in the community, for the long term. We worked with local partners to offer health and nutrition education programs and to monitor children's growth and development. 98 percent of monitored children were at an appropriate height and weight for their age. Through our Channels of Hope program, 26 local church leaders were equipped to provide care and spiritual and emotional support for people affected by HIV or AIDS. 204 parents and caregivers were educated on the prevention and management of common childhood illnesses. Afterward, mothers' clubs followed up to ensure that parents understood and applied what they learned. To improve access to healthcare services for vulnerable children and people living with HIV or AIDS, we organized three advocacy events and trained 43 local leaders in laws that protect community health rights. The leaders were able to assist with several cases of health rights violation and restore access to healthcare services for those involved. 134 children who were struggling in school participated in our academic reinforcement program, which offers assistance with math, reading, and writing skills so students don't fall behind in school. 25 community volunteers we trained formed an education network to assess and monitor children's progress in school and to assist those who are at risk of repeating a grade or dropping out. Thanks to their efforts, 75 children successfully completed the school year. Three Parent Teacher Associations were trained in strategies for increasing community participation at their schools. As a result, they reported that more parents are getting involved in school activities, as well as helping to organize processes and proposals for school improvement. 160 children participated in our educational enrichment programs, including art and music lessons and sports clubs. 25 communities updated their risk management plans after we trained them on community resilience, first aid, risk mapping, and emergency planning. More than 900 people participated in activities aimed at stopping violence against children, including abuse prevention workshops, marches, and awareness campaigns. 85 youth and 86 community leaders completed our leadership program, which covered topics such as decision-making skills, conflict resolution, and critical thinking skills. The leadership program is designed to equip community members, especially youth, as agents of change.

Cross-cutting issues

|Environment|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|

Locations

  • Dominican Republic>Distrito Nacional

Sectors

  • Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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