Angolela - Assagirt 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.
274 unemployed young people were equipped with skills to earn a living through our entrepreneurship program. To help families increase their income, we partnered with local microfinance institutions to train farmers, provide them with microfinance loans, and link them to markets. 400 farmers were trained in improved farming methods and community members attended workshops on soil and water conservation and techniques for improving soil fertility. We organized a workshop on the benefits of immunization and supported immunization outreach campaigns with fuel for mobile health clinics to help healthcare workers reach more children. Healthcare centers were better equipped to treat children suffering from diarrhea or pneumonia thanks to essential medicines supplied by World Vision. 1,657 children learned how to prevent HIV infection through age-appropriate life-skills programs at their schools. Community care coalitions provided care and support for 5,823 orphans and vulnerable children and people living with HIV or AIDS. We are helping these committed local volunteers develop a sustainable, community-led model of care for people impacted by HIV or AIDS. Eight community forums were held to promote proper feeding practices for infants and young children. We partnered with community members to build a new maternal and child health center, which will improve access to quality obstetric care. Upon completion, the new facility was handed over to the District Health Office. A new irrigation pond helped decrease farmers' reliance on erratic rainfall so they can grow more food. The pond, which collects water from a spring, serves many farmers in the community. 20 schools were equipped with essentials such as desks, laboratory equipment and reference books, improving the learning environment for 3,293 children. 239 members of school management committees were trained to monitor and strengthen the quality of education at their schools. 1,332 children had the opportunity to explore books and other reading materials at reading camps. We trained and equipped 84 community members to facilitate the camps. 45 primary school teachers took part in professional development courses on improved teaching methods and strategies for strengthening the quality of education. 90 children participated in life-skills training on child rights and child protection issues that affect children in the community. 23 school clubs established by World Vision spoke out against child abuse and traditional practices that harm children, such as forced early marriage. 203 community representatives were trained in strategies for improving children's well-being and 157 people were trained in positive parenting and childcare methods to create a more caring, protective environment for children. 125 community members were trained in early warning systems and disaster management. They are working to reduce the impact of disasters such as drought and help their communities become more resilient.
Most Vulnerable Children, Gender, Environment, Disability, Advocacy, HIV&AIDS
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
- Economic Recovery and Development