Yusique 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.
We worked with community members to operate 45 health and nutrition clubs, providing nutritious meals for 637 children, as well as health and nutrition education for their parents. 525 parents were trained in healthy hygiene and sanitation practices and how to prevent insect-borne diseases, equipping them to protect their children's health. 435 parents learned about the importance of breast-feeding babies to prevent malnutrition, and pregnant women were encouraged to take prenatal vitamins and seek prenatal care. 665 young people participated in our youth clubs and vocational training workshops, giving them opportunities to acquire life skills and critical thinking skills, and encouraging entrepreneurship. Through our children’s clubs, 1,145 boys and girls strengthened their math and language skills; developed confidence, self-esteem, and social skills; and enjoyed creative activities such as drawing, making jewelry and piñatas, and learning to play piano or guitar. We helped organize 15 parent committees, uniting members and helping them become more involved in their children’s education. Together with teachers, we established 17 child development centers, helping 360 preschool-aged children develop the social, motor, and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in school. Community members organized five civil protection committees and developed emergency plans with our support. Through our partnership with the World Food Program, 891 vulnerable families received a four-month supply of food due to severe poverty affecting the community. We partnered with the local health unit and government groups to coordinate advocacy workshops on issues such as violence prevention, reproductive health, and caring for the environment, reaching 345 children and 50 adults. Through a children's municipal council we supported, children and youth communicated their needs, promoted their rights, and helped establish preventive measures against violence in their communities.
- El Salvador>San Miguel