Crescencio Morales 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

235 youth attended job fairs we supported, where they had the opportunity to learn about various career paths and educational programs available in the area. 32 mothers were able to provide more nutritious, protein-rich food for their children after we helped them get started growing vegetables and raising small livestock. 10 children with serious medical conditions accessed specialized healthcare services with our support, and eight malnourished children received nutritional rehabilitation and follow-up services to help them gain weight. A total of 498 children younger than 5 benefited from our health and nutrition programs. Eight mothers whose children are living with a disability or chronic illness received training in stimulation techniques, healthy hygiene practices, and other topics to help them care for their children and accommodate their special needs. 42 families were trained in safe water treatment and improved sanitation practices to protect children from illness. 17 boys and girls who were struggling in school improved their academic performance through our tutoring program. We are training additional tutors and partnering with elementary schools to expand the program. We opened a new reading space to boost the literacy skills of 219 children and encourage their love of reading. 227 children completed life-skills education, equipping them with tools for a healthy, productive future. We also trained 29 parents and 18 community volunteers to support and strengthen the trainings. As a result, kids are showing a greater interest in education and becoming more involved in extracurricular activities such as sports. Nine children's clubs were formed to strengthen children's knowledge of their rights and involve them in advocacy efforts. We also started a youth group whose members helped organize fun activities such as summer camps and guitar lessons for children. 188 boys and girls took part in our children's parliaments, giving them opportunities to speak up on issues that affect their lives. 573 children and their families participated in events aimed at helping parents create loving, nurturing home environments where children's rights are protected. The events focused on building solidarity and underscored the presence of God's love in every moment of our lives. Through our child protection programs, 64 mothers learned about the importance of protecting children from violence and worked on building stronger, more affectionate relationships with their children. 550 children obtained birth certificates with our help, making it easier for them to access basic services such as healthcare and education.

Additional information

This Development Program uses an innovative approach to programming. Instead of creating projects around specific sectors, they conduct integrative projects around the ages of the participants. The 0-5 project, for example, includes activities in health and nutrition from pregnancy to age 5, early education, child development, and birth registration.

Cross-cutting issues

Most Vulnerable Children, Environment, Advocacy

Locations

  • Mexico>Michoacan de Ocampo

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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