Okhahlamba 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

1,500 youth learned values-based life skills to prevent HIV through our partnership with local schools. To complement the life-skills education, 1,300 youth participated in career path programs to help them plan for the future. 52 youth were trained to lead values-based life skills programs, bringing the total number of leaders to 92. They are now equipped to provide HIV-prevention training to their peers. 14 health clinics were equipped with scales, arm-circumference tapes to detect malnutrition, health posters, and rehydration salts to treat diarrhea. These materials enabled staff to better train and inform nearly 10,000 mothers on how to monitor their children's weight and nutritional status. The percentage of children who are fully immunized increased from 57 percent in 2011 to 66 percent in 2014, in large part due to the efforts of community health workers we trained. In 2014 we trained 269 community health workers in the prevention and management of childhood illnesses. 122 children were trained in child rights, child protection issues, and advocacy. Afterward, they established 12 children's forums to facilitate debates at schools, hold motivational talks, and organize fun, relationship-building activities such as sporting events. We mentored nine church groups that care for orphans and vulnerable children and helped them start small businesses so they can raise funds to help more children. One group successfully advocated for the government to provide school uniforms for 40 children; another group sent 19 children to a local Christian institute for life-skills education and biblical learning. To give children opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their lives, we held retreats for children and community volunteers to interact and get to know each other.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Disability|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|

Locations

  • South Africa>KwaZulu-Natal>uThukela

Sectors

  • Health

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