El Alfarero 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

712 children younger than 5 maintained a normal nutritional status and 670 malnourished children are in the process of recovery thanks to program activities and partnerships with community health and nutrition clubs. Through community health and nutrition clubs, 611 parents and caregivers learned about the benefits of breast-feeding babies, handwashing techniques, and proper nutrition for children under 5, benefiting 670 children. Mothers were trained in healthy hygiene practices, safe food handling, disease prevention, and nutrition, equipping them to train other parents and caregivers. 12 families built latrines with our help and learned about healthy sanitation practices to prevent the spread of disease. We helped establish 13 community centers—supported by schools, families, and community leaders—providing 255 children between the ages of 3 and 6 with a place to learn about education, health, nutrition, and interpersonal topics such as communication, identity, self-esteem, and values. More than 1,000 children participated in our children’s clubs and academic activities, strengthening their skills in language, math, communication, and creative expression. We conducted youth leadership trainings through community youth organizations, empowering nearly 800 teenagers to improve their interpersonal skills, reflect on the future, receive training in preventive and reproductive health, and learn about disaster risk management. 27 community organizations were established, through which 18 teenagers were trained on topics such as management skills; strategy development; and economic, social, cultural, and environmental well-being, equipping them to make a positive difference in their communities.

Cross-cutting issues

Most Vulnerable Children, Peace, Advocacy

Locations

  • El Salvador>Morazan

Sectors

  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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