Quacha Birra 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.
Many mothers were able to improve their income by joining women's savings groups, which offer small, affordable business loans and interest-earning savings accounts. Seven savings groups were established just for pregnant women, helping 108 women set aside money for medical expenses. After participating in beekeepers' training, 20 farmers formed a cooperative to process and sell honey. Their honey business will help them provide for their children and decrease their reliance on farming as their sole source of income. We helped 2,400 children open savings accounts to encourage a habit of saving and help them set aside money for school expenses and other necessities. 1,414 families were able to grow more food for their children by planting improved seed varieties supplied by World Vision. Widespread deforestation in the area affects the quality of the soil and impacts water catchment areas, making it difficult for farmers to produce enough food. To help community members restore and protect environmentally degraded land, we trained 1,865 people in water conservation and taught them how to maintain areas that have been closed by the government for environmental restoration. 2,308 households planted coffee seedlings and apple tree seedlings, grown and distributed in partnership with local agricultural agencies. Growing a greater variety of crops helps families secure their livelihoods against drought and food shortages. 260 farmers started using improved, environmentally friendly farming techniques that will help them produce more food. A new irrigation canal made it possible for 52 farmers to water their crops and grow more food without relying on rainfall. Through health education programs, 3,840 pregnant or breast-feeding women gained skills and knowledge to help them care for infants and young children, including how to prevent malnutrition. 840 people were trained in the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases that threaten the health of children and their mothers. 88 health workers were trained to deliver timely, targeted health information to mothers during pregnancy and throughout the crucial first two years of their babies' lives. In addition, 152 health workers were trained in prenatal care, skilled delivery, and newborn care. 30 health workers were trained to detect and manage disease outbreaks, in an effort to decrease mortality rates. Through 34 school hygiene clubs, children learned how to protect themselves from disease by washing their hands, using latrines, and other healthy hygiene and sanitation practices. Many children and their families gained access to clean water from two new water points, a pipeline extension, four wells, and a water reservoir installed in their communities. Preschool became an option for many children as we partnered with community members to build preschools and trained 115 teachers in early childhood development and teaching methods for young children. To improve the learning environment, we equipped 20 primary schools and preschools with furniture and learning materials and supplied eight schools with reading materials. 464 teachers, school supervisors, and other community members who work with children were trained in modern teaching strategies. 350 young people were equipped with skills for a productive life through workshops on entrepreneurship, disaster risk reduction, and child protection. They also learned about the services that are available to them at a local vocational training center supported by World Vision. Through awareness campaigns, 875 families whose children were at risk of dropping out learned about the importance of education. We mobilized 14 communities to establish child protection networks to help care for vulnerable children and respond to child safety concerns. 630 parents and caregivers learned about issues that affect the well-being of children in their communities.
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