Ledia 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.
500 pregnant women received iron and folic acid supplements through our partnership with local health agencies. 485 malnourished children participated in a community nutrition program. Over the course of the program, the children recovered to a normal weight. Together with local partners, we carried out health education campaigns to teach mothers about proper nutrition for infants and young children. We coordinated with the Ministry of Health and local nongovernmental organizations to improve children's access to quality healthcare services. As a result, local health agencies reported that 75 percent of children were up-to-date on their immunizations, 83 percent of children slept under insecticidal bed nets to prevent malaria, and all health centers had adequate stocks of essential medicines and supplies. 1,800 children are benefiting from latrines and handwashing stations constructed at three schools. In addition, students were trained in healthy hygiene and sanitation practices. The project was carried out in partnership with local churches who provided a portion of the funding. Three new classrooms were built and equipped with desks, improving the learning environment for children. At many schools in Ledia, children study in dilapidated structures, sitting on dirt floors without a writing surface. 370 teachers and school administrators were trained in new French and math curriculum, vocational training curriculum, and school management. 720 girls learned about the harmful effects of early marriage through a child rights campaign—one of many campaigns to raise awareness of child rights. We also formed child protection committees at churches. As a result, the number of child abuse cases reported and referred to local authorities has gone up, showing that people are more aware of child protection issues and more children are getting help.
- Democratic Republic of the Congo>Equateur
- Economic Recovery and Development
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene