Yamaranguila II 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.
To increase crop production, we facilitated field days and workshops on improved farming methods. 37 farmers adopted new technologies that will help decrease the loss of grain after it is harvested. 508 families took classes on how to grow vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and carrots. As a result, they are able to provide a greater variety of nutritious food for their children and are earning income from selling fresh produce. 832 farmers established or improved their farm infrastructure through savings groups, which offer interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. Members of 43 self-help groups became more food secure through our Entrelazos program, which empowers people to start small businesses by providing access to microfinance loans, technical assistance, and marketing assistance. Nearly 200 families made their living environments healthier for children by installing sinks and making other home improvements. 100 percent of children younger than age 5 were fully immunized, in large part due to our awareness-raising efforts and child monitoring programs. Parents and the Ministry of Health played a crucial role in achieving this goal. 128 children with serious medical conditions accessed treatment and care with our help. Together with partner organizations, we trained 734 mothers in nutrition. In addition, 609 families learned about early child development and 828 families learned about the importance of eating nutritionally balanced meals. 45 percent of families in the area were trained in healthy hygiene and sanitation practices to protect children's health. As a result of our work with community members and local partners, 89 percent of families now have access to clean water. 10 community sanitation committees trained by World Vision worked with families to promote healthy hygiene and sanitation practices. 561 students who were struggling in school improved their academic performance through our peer tutoring program. 200 members of student government learned how to manage risks and took preventive action to make their schools, families, and communities safer for children. 16 communities updated their development plans, with a focus on improving children's well-being. These plans guide community members' development projects, such as the recent establishment of a child protection committee to advocate for child rights and reduce child abuse. 40 communities were reached with information on child protection through Channels of Hope and advocacy programs. 375 youth leaders facilitated citizenship camps for young people. Camp activities included communication workshops, sessions on reducing teen pregnancy, and disability-awareness sessions.
This Development Program uses an innovative approach to programming. Instead of creating projects around specific sectors, they conduct integrative projects around the ages of the participants. The 0-5 project, for example, includes activities in health and nutrition from pregnancy to age 5, early education, child development, and birth registration.
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