Preah Netr Preah 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.
59 people participated in savings groups, which offer interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans to help families increase their incomes. 25 families received training on how to raise chickens for food and a source of income. 50 village health volunteers and two healthcare workers were trained to raise awareness of maternal and child health issues. They, in turn, reached 531 people with information on prenatal and postpartum danger signs and the importance of giving birth with a skilled attendant. Village health support groups we trained monitored children's growth, identifying 247 malnourished children and helping them access care. They also facilitated community nutrition programs to help malnourished children gain weight and teach caregivers how to prepare nutritious meals. Youth groups organized two village cleaning days to encourage healthier home environments. More than 1,000 people learned about the health benefits of safe water use and proper hygiene and sanitation through awareness campaigns led by mothers' support groups and youth groups. 1,462 children participated in our hygiene education programs at their schools. We also equipped 16 schools with water filters and hygiene kits to improve access to clean water and prevent the spread of disease. 15 school directors and 17 teachers were trained in the roles and responsibilities of student councils, including planning school events and tutoring other students. They started student councils at 16 schools. Teachers from 10 schools were trained to integrate a peace-building curriculum into their daily studies, helping children learn to cooperate with others, cope with challenges they face, and live peacefully. 16 primary schools were equipped with reading and math tool kits, strengthening the quality of education for more than 3,000 students. 193 families affected by flooding were equipped with chickens and training to help them start raising poultry. 1,505 people, including 535 children, learned about child protection issues such as domestic violence and trafficking through our partnership with community child protection volunteers and local police. We worked with local leaders to establish and strengthen 32 child protection groups and 27 youth groups. These committed volunteers are working in 28 villages to monitor children's well-being and promote health, education, and child protection.
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