Asgede Tsimbilal 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.
100 families were able to grow more food after receiving onion and tomato seeds. To help farmers restore and protect environmentally degraded farmland, we equipped a community with pruning equipment, a rainwater-harvesting tank, improved seeds, and construction materials for an irrigation canal. 104 families learned how to harvest rainwater for irrigation and how to make compost to increase crop yields. We expanded a health center to encourage mothers to give birth at the center with a skilled attendant, and held five training sessions for health workers on safe delivery. Six health posts were supplied with food to use in nutrition programs for underweight children. Through these programs, mothers learned how they can prevent malnutrition using locally produced foods. 500 insecticidal bed nets were distributed to pregnant and breast-feeding women to help protect them and their children from malaria. In addition, we provided logistical and technical support for a malaria control program carried out by local partners. 115 community members were reached through HIV-prevention campaigns. Community members were trained in a community-led approach to improving sanitation and schoolchildren were mobilized to promote handwashing and other healthy hygiene practices. Their efforts contributed to four communities becoming certified as Open Defecation Free. 60 students and school directors went on field trips to a university and a textile factory to help them realize the importance of education and inspire their vision for the future. 2,310 girls and other vulnerable children were assisted with school supplies to help them stay in school. 43 girls attended life-skills training to strengthen their communication and social skills. 52 primary school teachers received training in active learning methodology and strategies for improving literacy. We built a new school to help more children access education and supplied schools with furniture and teaching materials. To decrease the number of months per year that families experience food shortages, 107 farmers learned how to process and store crops after harvest and how to mitigate the impact of disasters such as droughts. 43 people were trained in the prevention of child labor and trafficking as part of an effort to change community members' attitudes about educating children. We established children's parliaments to help children speak up about issues that affect their lives and become agents of change in their communities.