Niakhar 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 improved child nutrition by supplying 10 grain storehouses with dried beans which families grind and add to flour to make it more fortified, a nutritional supplement that helps rehabilitate malnourished children. 320 households benefited from enhanced food security when we partnered with the municipal government to create cereal banks. Farmers deposit their harvested grains in these "banks" and withdraw grain later to feed their families. When the harvest is small, farmers can take a loan of grain and repay it later. Together with community health partners, we conducted outreach activities on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and AIDS. 10 villages were trained in a community-led approach to improving sanitation, and schoolchildren were mobilized to promote handwashing and other healthy hygiene practices. To help improve student performance on national exams, we organized two practice exams for 778 students. This exercise enabled teachers to identify students’ shortfalls and make the necessary corrections. 64 members of school management committees were trained in planning and monitoring the quality of education to ensure that educational programs are sustainable. To increase community literacy, we trained 72 teachers to prepare reading lessons and offered reading courses to 782 elementary school students. 30 municipal counselors and technical representatives have been trained on disaster management and have become resources for the community. To ensure that children receive birth certificates, we educated local leaders on child protection and the importance of birth registrations.
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
- Economic Recovery and Development
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene