Wennapuwa 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

105 families were trained to make a economic plan that included new sources of income. As a result, families gained knowledge and resources to improve an existing business or start a new business. We formed 112 new community savings groups that provided interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services, empowering them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs. 36 families with malnourished children were trained on childhood nutrition and growing nutritious fruits and vegetables in home gardens. This happened through a partnership between mothers' groups, the Ministry of Health, and World Vision. To decrease the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol, we conducted mental health counseling for families where the fathers were abusing alcohol. As a result, fathers are more involved with their children's lives and are spending their income on school tuition, rather than drugs and alcohol. We improved community health and sanitation through handwashing sessions, sanitary latrine construction, and an organic composting program that manages waste. To ensure equal access to quality education for all, we assisted five disabled children to attend a local school that will meet their specific needs. World Vision's children's clubs partnered with community-based organizations to raise the necessary funds to establish local libraries. 21 child protection communities and local law enforcement officials took part in a series of meetings that equipped them to work together to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Peace|Disability|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|

Locations

  • Sri Lanka>North Western

Sectors

  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health

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