Aleg 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.
We enhanced economic opportunities for women and youth through training in income-generating activities such as electrical wiring, tailoring, and hairdressing. To promote health and nutrition for children under 5, we trained community health workers on infant feeding practices and distributed enriched flour that is used to cook a nutritious porridge. Children, youth, and adults attended awareness sessions on HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment we hosted with community health partners. We supported health center vaccination campaigns to ensure that children and pregnant women are protected from disease. To improve education, teachers attended our workshops on classroom management, early childhood education, and math and language skills. We strengthened Parent Teacher Associations by training them on their roles and responsibilities and helping them organize meetings with teachers and principals to improve education. We promoted early childhood education by training teachers and daycare workers in the new preschools we opened. Community leaders attended our trainings and enacted disaster preparedness plans to mitigate the impact of natural disasters such as droughts. We helped form school clubs where children learned about their rights, healthy lifestyle choices, and the importance of education.
Most Vulnerable Children, Gender, Advocacy
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
- Economic Recovery and Development