Pejeh-Sowa 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

650 women from local mothers' groups were provided with okra, maize, green pepper, and eggplant seeds in order to establish community gardens and improve food security. We responded to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone by raising community awareness on symptoms, transmission, and prevention of the disease. 90 community health workers attended trainings on conducting screenings for malnutrition and monitoring the data to document improvements. World Vision taught the basics of Ebola prevention and supplied personal protective equipment to seven community health centers, including 150 special buckets, soap and chlorine to combat the virus, as well as 300 boxes of water purifiers to ensure sanitary conditions at water sources. School drop out rates decreased when we worked with mothers' groups to provide school uniforms for vulnerable children so they could continue their education. We improved learning environments for children by providing teaching and learning materials to 15 schools. School leaders were trained on financial management in order to help them address the fundamental problem of inadequate resources that most schools face. 17 teachers were enrolled in distance education that will help them improve their teaching skills and provide quality education to children. World Vision established children's clubs where young people learned about leadership, child rights, and advocacy so they can express their opinions about community decisions that affect children and youth.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Environment|Protection|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Sierra Leone>Southern

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Health

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