Ausangate 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.
70 families with children younger than 5 years old learned about proper nutrition and the important role it plays in children's development. 50 families are better able to provide nutritious food for their children after learning how to raise livestock and grow vegetables such as carrots, lettuce, cabbage, and beets. The program, which was a joint effort between World Vision and local government agencies, also enabled families to build structures for livestock production. Children enjoyed healthier living conditions after 90 families installed new stoves and hot water systems, built cupboards, and made other improvements to their homes. To help launch an early childhood education strategy in the community, 12 educators were trained in social and emotional learning, nutrition, hygiene, and other topics related to children's development. 5,150 children benefited from safe spaces to play and learn, including recreational and child development centers. To encourage parental support for education, we helped the families of 175 children set up study spaces at home. Children from Ausangate struggle with reading comprehension because their primary language isn't spoken at school and they often don't have books at home. To help schools start reading improvement programs, we trained 10 teachers in strategies for encouraging kids to read, how to use reading spaces and recreational centers to strengthen reading skills, and how to run a Traveling Backpack program that sends books home with kids and engages parents in their children's education. With World Vision's help, four school districts began implementing innovative practices to strengthen the quality of education and help children learn essential life skills such as communication and decision-making. 14 volunteers were trained to monitor children's well-being as part of a community child protection network.
Most Vulnerable Children, Advocacy