Restauracion 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

Families continued to tend 11 tangerine plantations that were previously planted with our support. The tangerine trees are not yet ready for full-scale production, but a marketing strategy is in place for exporting oranges once the trees mature. 60 families earned a living by producing and marketing timber through an environmentally friendly, community-based timber company established with World Vision's support. The timber company is now totally self-sustaining. 18 youth attended technical training or university with our support, helping to expand their employment opportunities. In addition, 44 youth completed our leadership school, which covered topics such as business planning and community development. The number of farmers benefiting from an irrigation system we previously installed increased to 125. In 2014, the farmers organized two producers associations and raised funds for working capital, with our support. They also worked with local government agencies to plant more than 10,000 mango and cocoa trees to reduce damage caused by deforestation. We continued to work with parents and caregivers to expand their options for generating income. 25 families who participated in our economic development program increased their income by more than 25 percent. The number of female dairy farmers increased from 24 to 44, and a youth beekeepers' association provided 25 young people with income. With our help, eight health committees monitored 17 primary healthcare clinics and two hospitals to ensure that they were able to provide quality healthcare services and were equipped with vaccines and other supplies necessary for preventive healthcare, and that at least one general physician was on staff at each clinic. 40 mothers were trained to promote proper nutrition and health practices, contributing to an increase in community members' nutrition knowledge and a decrease in the number of malnourished children. In addition, 70 mothers were trained in the importance of breast-feeding babies to prevent malnutrition. We worked with the Ministry of Health and local churches to provide access to healthcare services for 200 vulnerable children. 760 mothers learned how to prevent childhood illnesses through our health education programs, carried out in partnership with local health committees and mothers' clubs. As a result of health education and awareness programs, 358 children younger than 5 were fully immunized. More than 100 people affected by HIV, AIDS, or tuberculosis received medical assistance and support through our partnership with the Ministry of Health. 2,954 children completed a life-skills program that helps children learn how to make good decisions, manage their emotions, and protect their health. We trained 16 parents and teachers to carry out the life-skills program. 94 children who were struggling in school participated in our academic reinforcement program to strengthen their math, reading, and writing skills. Together with the Ministry of Education, we launched a strategy to make schools healthy, safe, and sustainable. At one school where the strategy was implemented, more than 440 children benefited. 2,867 children participated in activities such as sports clubs to enrich and expand their educational experiences. 95 parents were involved in our advocacy campaigns to prevent child labor, and 948 people were educated on children's rights. 245 children were registered as citizens and obtained birth certificates with our help, making it easier for them to access basic services such as healthcare and education. 1,261 boys and girls participated in children's clubs and youth groups, giving them opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Peace|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|

Locations

  • Dominican Republic>Santiago
  • Dominican Republic>Elias Pina
  • Dominican Republic>Dajabon

Sectors

  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Protection

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