Nkonkobe 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.
Community farmers were supplied with gardening tools such as rainwater-harvesting tanks, wheelbarrows, and shovels to help them grow more nutritious food for 1,200 children. 148 families received chickens for nutritious food and a source of income. To increase economic opportunities for youth, we provided 41 young people with training on farming and agricultural production. 900 children were trained in values-based life skills to prevent HIV, as well as the prevention of gender-based violence. 26 church leaders participated in Channels of Hope training, through which they learned how to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and how to lead their congregations in caring for people impacted by the illness. 325 people were reached through awareness campaigns promoting HIV prevention, encouraging people to get tested for HIV, and advocating against stigma and discrimination. 2,139 children enjoyed new books and learning materials at three new community libraries established by World Vision. 35 early childhood development centers (ECDs) were supplied with tables, chairs, and hygiene equipment, and 25 ECD teachers were trained in child development to improve the learning environment for children. 36 primary schools were equipped with stoves and pots so they can prepare nutritious meals for students, benefiting 4,723 boys and girls. 125 children participated in a workshop and filmed a video on issues that affect children in the community, including teen pregnancy, HIV and AIDS, and substance abuse. 250 children joined our kids clubs, which offer life skills training, sports, debates, and environmental education. We also provided 36 schools and five sports teams with soccer, rugby, and netball kits to encourage kids to get involved in healthy, positive activities during their free time. 80 community leaders were trained to monitor children's well-being and refer them to available services in the community as needed. We also worked with the local government to help eight disabled children become registered citizens so they can be recognized by the government and receive services such as healthcare and education. We set up eight Child-Friendly Spaces where kids can play in a safe environment and learn skills to help them cope with traumatic experiences such as violence in their communities. More than 1,000 children attended Child-Friendly Spaces in 2014.
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