Kolwezi 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.
144 people joined 12 new savings groups, which offer interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. By expanding their businesses, community members are able to increase their income and better provide for their children. Nearly 400 farmers learned improved farming techniques that will help them produce more crops and increase their income so they can afford essentials such as school fees and healthcare for their children. Two children with serious medical conditions were able to access life-saving surgery with our help. 6,095 people, including 2,000 students, were trained in HIV prevention. 250 children recovered from malnutrition and the malnutrition rate decreased through the efforts of healthcare workers and local partners trained by World Vision, who carried out nutritional recovery programs and reached 1,720 mothers with nutrition education. Community health workers organized health education sessions on the importance of Vitamin A supplements. As a result, the number of children who participated in a Vitamin A and deworming campaign more than doubled from 4,160 in 2013 to 8,600 in 2014. We supported the campaign by encouraging people to attend and providing fuel to reach remote areas. Community members have better access to quality healthcare services after we expanded a local health center, adding three rooms to be used as an operating room and a maternity ward. Previously, these facilities and services were not available in the community; people had to walk to a distant health center and wait in long lines to receive care. Three water committees were established in the community to manage and maintain borehole wells. School enrollment increased from 8,040 in 2013 to 9,525 in 2014, in large part due to nine new, fully furnished classrooms built in partnership with local churches. Parent Teacher Associations also helped increase enrollment by organizing campaigns on the importance of education. To strengthen the quality of education, 50 PTA members were trained in school monitoring and management. 50 children trained in child rights and protection held advocacy interventions with local leaders to address child abuse, forced labor, and other issues that impact children in Kolwezi.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo>Katanga