Sitapur 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.
37 new savings groups provided interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services. This empowered them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs. 204 families with malnourished children each received two goats that will provide nutritious milk for their children and generate income for their households to pay for healthcare and education. Over 300 families received seeds, irrigation pumps, and knowledge about growing nutritious fruits and vegetables in home gardens to reduce malnutrition for their children. 1,813 malnourished children under age 5 were treated using a special nutrition program that includes food and vitamin supplements, growth monitoring, and parent education. 125 local nurses, midwives, and health volunteers whom we trained on maternal and child health issues organized health and nutrition campaigns. These campaigns led to increased attendance at local health centers for issues such as prenatal care, immunizations, and nutrition. In order to improve access to safe drinking water, we tested the water in all villages for purity and worked with the government to make plans for ways to increase the water supply. In order to improve sanitation in the communities, we constructed 294 sanitary latrines for individual households. 320 households gained access to light at night after we introduced new solar technology in the village that powers LED lights in homes. Children can now study after dark and improve in their schoolwork. 106 girls received bicycles to help them continue their studies rather than drop out of school due to a lack of transportation. 3,500 students attended the Life Skills for Transformational Development program we conducted in seven schools. Children were trained on child rights, moral values, health, hygiene, and taking care of the environment.
|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Advocacy|
- India>Uttar Pradesh