Masahuel 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

123 families were able to provide nutritious meat and eggs for their children after we helped them start poultry farms. In addition, 26 families planted fruit trees and the families of 75 children participated in training on improved farming methods and gardening to improve food security. We helped establish three school vegetable gardens, providing 153 children with nourishing school meals, as well as knowledge of nutrition and vegetable production. 128 people were trained in nutrition topics such as how and when to introduce solid foods to babies. 1,382 children learned how to protect their health through our health and nutrition activities. 68 children were educated on healthy hygiene and sanitation practices and other actions they can take to prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections. 24 malnourished children attended community nutrition programs to help them gain weight and their mothers were taught how to prepare nutritious meals using locally available foods. 13 people were trained in early childhood care and development; they in turn shared their knowledge with others in the community. 502 children gained access to clean water with our help, providing them and their families with water throughout the most critical three months of the dry season. 398 families were trained in safe water treatment and improved sanitation to prevent the spread of disease. 421 children younger than 5 benefited from early educational activities at our recreational spaces. In addition, 291 parents learned how to help their children develop strong social skills by playing games and interacting with them, creating bonds of trust and love. We set up 11 early childhood education centers where children ages 0 to 3 can participate in preschool activities such as learning letters and numbers, accompanied by their mothers. 107 peer tutors were trained to assist other children with reading, math, and life skills; they tutored 266 children who were struggling in school. 503 children participated in volunteer-led reading programs designed to inspire a love of reading. Among other fun activities, children read stories out loud in groups and with their families. With our help, 733 children were registered as citizens and received birth certificates, making it easier for them to access basic services such as healthcare and education. 35 children and their caregivers participated in workshops on family harmony and values, encouraging parents to create supportive, loving home environments where children's rights are protected. Boys and girls participated in five children's clubs, where they had opportunities to speak up on issues that affect their lives.

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|Protection|Disability|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Mexico>Veracruz-Llave

Sectors

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

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