Mapoteng 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

16 new community savings groups helped 125 people increase their income. Savings groups provide interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services, empowering them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs. We trained school lunch providers in food safety and in providing a variety of foods including fresh fruits and vegetables in order to improve nutrition for students. 1,622 pregnant women and their husbands learned about prenatal care and were taught about prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV after we conducted awareness sessions in the communities on the importance of male participation. 1,278 children were reached with HIV prevention messages after we trained 22 peer educators on HIV and AIDS and encouraged them to share their knowledge among young people. To improve the nutrition status of infants over 6 months old, 269 nursing mothers received training on how to prepare nutritious foods for this age group after they stop breastfeeding. 23 families received materials and instruction to build sanitary latrines during a community health and sanitation campaign. To reduce the incidence of waterborne illness in children, we conducted awareness sessions for students at 18 schools on proper hygiene and sanitation practices. 32 community members were equipped to establish disaster preparedness plans to mitigate the impact of natural disasters such as droughts. 24 children were trained in child rights and protection and five promising students were chosen to write about issues that affect children and advocate for proper treatment.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Disability|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Lesotho>Berea

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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