Unnao 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.


Community 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. 295 families with malnourished children received goats that provided them with milk for their children and income from the sale of goat milk. 1,075 malnourished children were treated using a special nutrition program that includes food and vitamin supplements, growth monitoring, and parent education. 400 families benefited when we installed fluoride and iron removal units on hand pumps to provide cleaner water. And 10,000 community members enjoyed cleaner water when we constructed two solar-powered water purification plants. 89 families were provided with toilets through our partnership with Sulabh International, an organization that builds rural household latrines in India. To help children succeed at school, we provided tutoring centers for 500 children who are struggling with their studies. We also partnered with another aid organization to install solar grids that power lights in children's homes, where they can now study at night. 203 girls received bicycles to help them continue their studies rather than drop out of school due to a lack of transportation. Community leaders from 42 villages took part in a series of meetings that equipped them to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations. In order to increase child protection and participation, we formed 20 children's clubs where children were trained in their rights and learned to advocate for themselves and their peers.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Advocacy|


  • India>Uttar Pradesh


  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health

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