Diakhao 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.


Community savings groups helped 50 women increase their income. Savings groups provide interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services, empowering them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs. 224 vulnerable households were able to meet their food needs until the next harvest when we supplied eight tons of millet to increase the stock of grains in local cereal banks. We provided 276 improved stoves for women so they could spend less time looking for firewood to cook meals and more time with their families. We improved the quality of healthcare in the community by hiring two additional nurses, increasing the number of qualified health staff from three to five. 108 underweight children were rehabilitated when their mothers visited our nutrition centers and learned about childhood nutrition and growth monitoring. To improve sanitation and privacy for girls at local schools, we constructed boys' and girls' sanitary latrines. 42 teachers were trained in remedial teaching techniques to more effectively teach struggling students. As a result, we helped improve the reading and math skills of 1,192 students. We helped 49 students obtain their birth certificates, which were required so they could take the elementary school completion exam and move on to high school.

Cross-cutting issues

Gender, Peace, Advocacy


  • Senegal>Fatick


  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health

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