Nahje 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.
110 youth attended vocational training, equipping them with skills to earn a living. In addition, 51 youth received financial education to help them run businesses and 221 youth developed long-term plans for the future with our help, focusing on their career paths. Through our food security program, 25 families built hen houses and 80 families started vegetable gardens and learned how to make organic compost. As a result, more than 320 children gained access to a greater variety of nutritious foods. 16 children with serious medical conditions were able to access healthcare services with our support. 47 community volunteers were trained in early childhood care and development; they in turn trained 125 parents and caregivers. 62 mothers attended classes on prenatal care and the benefits of family planning. 15 mothers attended nutrition demonstrations where they learned how to monitor their children's nutritional status and how to prepare nutritious meals using locally available foods. Three severely malnourished children received treatment and improved their nutritional status with our support. 16 families built rainwater-harvesting tanks with our help, providing them with clean water for bathing, cleaning, and irrigation. 105 families were educated on safe water treatment and improved sanitation to prevent the spread of disease. In partnership with schools, 22 peer tutors were trained to assist other children with math and Spanish. We established a new reading space, providing 45 children with opportunities to boost their literacy skills and develop a love of reading. With our support, two schools organized anti-bullying campaigns to help make schools and communities safer for children. 560 children younger than 5 participated in a Children's Day celebration promoting early childhood education and encouraging parents to get involved with educational activities. Three groups of children were trained in life skills, helping them develop healthy habits and positive relationships. 16 youth were trained in leadership and networking, enabling them to take part in decision-making processes in their communities. 185 youth attended workshops on child protection and the prevention of violence and discrimination.
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.
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene