Buyantanshi 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

We trained 33 new savings groups with a total of 510 members, in partnership with Vision Fund, our micro-funding subsidiary. Savings groups provide 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. To increase employment opportunities for youth, we trained 12 young men and women in vocational skills such as roofing and carpentry. These young people are now using their skills to support themselves and their families. To improve household income, we partnered with Vision Fund to train 415 community members to start small businesses. In order to prevent malaria, we trained 103 households in malaria prevention methods such as using bed nets and eliminating areas of standing water where mosquitoes breed. We trained 30 community volunteers in HIV testing and 28 caregivers in helping people living with HIV and AIDS maintain their antiretroviral treatments. 1,263 community members attended our sessions on hygiene practices, proper water handling and storage, solid waste management, and handwashing to improve community sanitation. We also provided water sanitation packets for all families through a partnership with Proctor and Gamble. Students benefited from a better learning environment when we installed sanitary latrines in schools and taught children about handwashing and personal hygiene. 35 local emergency relief committee members learned about disaster mitigation and reviewed the community's disaster preparedness plan.

Cross-cutting issues

Most Vulnerable Children, Gender, Advocacy, HIV&AIDS

Locations

  • Zambia>Northern

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

Other projects