Mwala 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.
25,988 children received Vitamin A, deworming medication, and polio vaccinations as part of health campaigns we conducted with the Ministry of Health. Mothers also received health education about nutrition and breastfeeding. To reduce the prevalence of water-related diseases, we partnered with the Ministry of Health to teach 512 households about hygiene and safe water usage. 350 households gained access to clean water from a new borehole well, four water collection points, and a one and a half mile network of water pipes. 708 children benefited from the new latrines we constructed at primary schools in partnership with school management committees. To increase the sustainability of the water supply, we trained four water management associations on maintaining water sources. 67 secondary school students at risk of dropping out of school received support for school fees so they could continue their education. 15 special needs students were identified, assessed, and placed in schools.
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene