Maluku 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

23 savings groups were established, with 332 members. Savings groups help families plan for the future by offering interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. They also help parents prepare for emergencies, such as when one member's husband died. Thanks to her savings group, she is able to continue providing for school expenses and food for her two children even though the family lost its primary breadwinner. To increase economic opportunities for young people, we helped construct and equip vocational training centers. 800 youth, including 516 young women, were trained in careers such as carpentry, sewing, and design. 48 farmers associations were formed to help farmers boost production and increase their income. 1,250 farmers are producing more food and are better able to provide for their children after learning improved agricultural practices. To help them get started, we supplied training, seeds, pigs, and equipment. Community nutrition programs continued to promote proper feeding practices for children, such as breast-feeding infants and introducing nutritious solid foods at the right age, and encouraged parents to seek prompt treatment for fever or diarrhea. To improve access to essential health services for women and children, we partnered with local health agencies to provide medicines, immunizations, and equipment for health centers and community health workers. 10 healthcare workers and 20 community health workers were trained in strategies for improving maternal and child health. They held education sessions to raise awareness of health issues among mothers and other caregivers. Four community care coalitions were formed and 95 churches were organized to provide food, assistance with school fees, and healthcare for orphans and vulnerable children, and people living with HIV or AIDS. Through community meetings and AIDS action clubs, 5,800 adults and 700 children learned about HIV prevention. We worked with local partners to tap into two natural springs, distribute clean water, and organize community meetings on the importance of clean water for children's health. Now, 89 percent of households in the area have access to clean water. To strengthen the quality of education, we trained five district inspectors and 30 school principals in financial management, human resources, and how to monitor school and student performance. The number of children enrolled in primary school nearly doubled, from 5,293 in 2013 to 10,920 in 2014. There was also a drastic improvement in the number of children who graduate from primary school and go on to secondary school, up from 24 percent in 2011 to 84 percent in 2014. To improve children's access to quality education, we built five new schools, trained 230 teachers on improved teaching methods, and supplied all schools in the area with teaching materials.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Protection|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|

Locations

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo>Kinshasa

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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