Derre 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.
Mobile health teams we trained immunized around 15,000 children living in remote rural areas and distributed 900 bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria. We also provided the teams with transportation. 750 people participated in health and hygiene education programs aimed at protecting the health of children and their mothers. 15 mothers' groups participated in nutrition programs where they learned how to prepare enriched food for their children. 30 malnourished children were referred to the health center for treatment. With help from traditional leaders, teachers, and other community members, we organized campaigns to raise awareness and reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS, especially among young people. Five health councils and 10 community care coalitions were trained in HIV prevention and how to care for people living with HIV or AIDS. Community members organized water management groups to maintain water sources and ensure that they continue to provide clean water for families. Students improved their math and reading skills through six new after-school study groups. We helped organize school management committees at six primary schools. The committees are working to strengthen the quality of education and improve the learning environment for children. 75 teachers were trained in new teaching methods and ways to address HIV and other issues that contribute to children dropping out of school. As part of a child rights campaign, the children’s parliament submitted documents to the local government highlighting the value of education and encouraging parents to support children in their studies.
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene