Vaslui 2 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.
60 families received goats and 45 families received beehives as part of our gift catalog program, providing food security and family income. 30 youth from families who practice subsistence agriculture in a visit to a pig farm, a greenhouse, and a beekeeping cooperative. The students witnessed successful models in agriculture and economic development and asked questions about business development and production. In order to improve children's literacy, we supported 11 teachers to receive training in how to teach all levels of reading. 258 children improved their reading skills when we partnered with communities to develop new literacy programs. In partnership with teachers and Parent Teacher Associations, 602 children participated in science experiments, physical education, and special learning activities that we designed to increase their interest in education. We helped a group of active parents form an official Parent Teacher Association and trained them to develop projects that will improve education for children. 132 children and seven teachers learned how to respond in case of a fire, during a fire drill we conducted in partnership with the emergency officials.
This Development Program uses an innovative approach to programming. Instead of creating projects around specific sectors, they conduct integrative projects that include activies from all sectors including health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education, food security, economic development, and child protection.