Montana Amuzga 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

65 youth completed vocational training programs, equipping them with skills to earn a living. In addition, 118 youth attended life-skills courses. 87 children with serious medical conditions were able to access healthcare services with our support. 10 malnourished children were enrolled in community nutrition programs to help them gain weight and teach their mothers how to prepare nutritious meals using locally available ingredients. Through our health education workshops, 85 parents learned how to care for their children, especially those with disabilities or medical conditions, and how to protect them from illness. 1,718 children younger than 5 were involved in our health and nutrition programs. 26 mothers were trained in early childhood care and development, providing them with skills to improve communication and treat their children with affection, love, and respect. 43 families improved their household sanitation with our support, helping to protect children's health. 102 families were trained in safe water treatment and improved sanitation to prevent the spread of disease. 178 children who were struggling in school got help with math, reading, and Spanish through our peer tutoring program. In partnership with local schools, we established literacy courses in Amuzgo, which is the primary language of native people in the community. 906 children developed their literacy skills through activities at our reading spaces, where volunteers read stories to children, play games, and encourage children to read for fun. 263 children participated in conferences on school violence. The children are now more aware of violence and abuse at school, as well as their rights to safety and protection, and know how to report incidents to local authorities. 437 children helped carry out campaigns on addiction prevention, child rights, caring for the environment, moral values, and other issues that affect their lives. In addition, 229 young people were involved in decision-making processes and advocacy efforts through our youth groups. We helped organize three parents' groups and three children's groups to raise awareness of parents' responsibility to take good care of their children and support their education. Through our parenting workshops, 532 parents and guardians learned how to effectively communicate and strengthen relationships with their children. The workshops also covered child protection issues such as child abuse and domestic violence. 900 children were registered as citizens and obtained birth certificates with our help, making it easier for them to access basic services such as healthcare and education.

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|Disability|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Mexico>Guerrero

Sectors

  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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