Maphalaleni 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

52 farmers were trained in improved agricultural methods to help them move beyond subsistence farming and earn a living for their families. 117 savings groups we established accumulated US$54,186 in savings. Savings groups help parents provide for their children by offering interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. 15 youth who didn't have the opportunity to attend school were trained in poultry production and provided with supplies such as building materials and feed, equipping them to earn a living. They were also trained in leadership skills and learned how to run a poultry-growers association. We trained 40 farmers in conservation agriculture, which increases crop yields while reducing farming costs and preserving the soil, and equipped them with seeds and supplies. To date we have helped 268 farmers start conservation farming, contributing to a 30 to 50 percent increase in crop yields in some communities. 11 dairy farmers formed a cooperative with our help. They were trained in commercial dairy technology and are working together to increase their market share. Local health centers were provided with training and equipment to help them monitor children's growth. They weighed 572 children younger than 5, all of whom were well nourished, and encouraged mothers to bring their children for weighing on a regular basis to ensure that their nutritional status stays normal. More than 240 youth learned about HIV prevention and the dangers of substance abuse through our life skills program, stressing the importance of abstinence and moral values. We supplied fencing and irrigation materials to two church groups that support orphans and vulnerable children through farming. We also continued to monitor and support 12 other church groups, enabling them to develop strong, sustainable, income-generating activities that benefit more than 300 children. We supplied local health clinics and home-based caregivers with pharmaceuticals to help chronically ill people live longer and reduce the spread of infection, benefiting 2,537 people suffering from HIV or AIDS and other illnesses. 105 families gained access to clean water closer to home from three water tanks we built. 14 preschool teachers were trained in early childhood development and provided with curriculum and learning materials to engage children in learning and prepare them for school. We supplied 13 primary schools with books, benefiting more than 3,000 children, and began piloting a literacy boost program to strengthen children's reading and writing skills. After training in our advocacy model, citizens successfully advocated for the appointment of three qualified teachers and mobilized local resources to install a new floor in a classroom that had dangerous holes in the floor. Preschools were supplied with rice, beans, and porridge, enabling them to serve nutritious meals to 775 children.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Swaziland>Hhohho

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Food Aid
  • Health

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