Kintanu 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

50 families are better able to save for the future and plan for emergencies after we helped them open savings accounts. We equipped 29 vocational training centers with materials for sewing and carpentry programs. Through business and skills training, the centers provided career options for 436 unemployed young people and 100 young women who did not have the opportunity to finish school. 916 families learned improved farming techniques that made it possible for them to grow more food and increase their income. They are now able to meet their children's basic needs. The percentage of children who received immunizations, Vitamin A supplements, and deworming medication increased from 93.5 percent in 2013 to 97.5 percent in 2014 as a result of joint efforts with health centers to improve children's access to essential healthcare services. Staff from three health centers were trained in a community-based approach to managing acute malnutrition, enabling them to treat 50 malnourished children. To reduce the risk of young people contracting HIV, schoolteachers were trained in age-appropriate, values-based curriculum for HIV prevention and awareness. After learning how clean drinking water and proper sanitation can prevent diarrhea and protect children's health, 359 families started treating their water to make it safer, and 502 families made plans for safely disposing of household waste. 143 teachers were trained in child-centered teaching methods that encourage greater participation by students. Members of a church and a faith-based organization were recruited and trained to help carry out sponsorship activities, such as monitoring children's well-being and assisting vulnerable children.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo>Bas-Congo

Sectors

  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Health

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