Mundalema 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

Local small business owners added new products and employees after attending our trainings on bookkeeping, networking, budgeting, and creating business plans to generate additional income. In partnership with the government, we provided 20,000 pomegranate trees to local farmers as a new source of family income. Pomegranates require little water to grow and are in high demand in the markets. Malnourished children between the ages of 3 and 5 recovered to a normal weight after we provided food and vitamin supplements, nutrition education for parents, and growth monitoring. We conducted a MenCare workshop for 218 soon-to-be fathers to teach them the importance of caring for their wives and newborn babies. MenCare is a global campaign coordinated by our partners to promote men's equal partnership in the lives of their children. To improve community sanitation and lower the incidence of waterborne illness, we constructed 125 new sanitary latrines and renovated 25 others. 55 families benefited when we constructed two fresh water pipelines to remote areas that didn't have access to clean water. School management committees were trained in planning and monitoring the quality of education to ensure that educational programs are sustainable. They organized 16 fundraising activities over the past year and bought new equipment for schools. To reduce the harmful effects of the recent drought, we partnered the village disaster management committees to provide drinking water to 2,000 households.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Sri Lanka>North Western

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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