Beledougou 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.
To contribute to children’s nutrition, we trained 38 farmers on post-harvest storage management that emphasizes dry crops and pest reduction in order to preserve greater quantities of food for longer periods of time. 132 children in the community recovered from malnutrition after we trained caregivers on exclusive breastfeeding, growth monitoring, and provided children with vitamin and food supplements. We equipped rural maternity centers with hospital beds, mattresses, delivery tables, and baby scales, which enabled health workers to deliver new babies in safe conditions and improve maternal and child health. To improve health and sanitation, we trained 1,728 school children and 39 teachers on proper handwashing and personal hygiene. Over 40,000 children and adults gained access to clean water when we drilled 22 new borehole wells and rehabilitated three non-functioning wells. 45 community volunteers were trained in pump maintenance and provided with a pump repair kit. To improve the quality of education for all children, we implemented Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) to improve reading and math skills. 23 teachers were trained on this approach and received IRI kits. IRI is a learning system that helps students interact in the classroom with radio characters and participate in activities suggested by the radio program. To improve community education, we built six new classrooms and held community campaigns emphasizing the importance of enrolling girls in school. Community leaders worked with us to assess and update their villages' emergency preparedness plans and mitigate the effects of natural disasters. 29 peer educators and five school management committees were trained on child rights and protection issues so they could share this information throughout local schools.
Most Vulnerable Children, Gender, Environment, HIV&AIDS
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene