Matlameng 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.
224 farmers increased their crop production as a result of receiving high yield seeds and being trained on irrigation and crop diversification. Farmers also began to sell produce to local schools, benefiting both the farmer with income and school children with nutritious food. To improve livestock practices and increase income, we helped farmers form associations where they shared information on livestock management and poultry raising. 5,453 students gained access to clean water when we added water tanks to 14 primary schools for harvesting rain water collected from the roof. Boys and girls used the water resources for handwashing to improve their hygiene and health. Outbreaks of diarrhea decreased after we provided 1,804 primary school children with sanitary latrines and handwashing facilities. School enrollment increased to 5,453 students when we built new classrooms and provided desks to accommodate more students. We also assisted vulnerable children with school uniforms and school supplies so they could get an education. As part of a child rights campaign, children's clubs were trained to advocate for their rights to education and healthcare with community leaders.
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene