Cañón del Sáinz 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 parents and caregivers were trained in early childhood care and development, equipping them with skills to protect their children's health and stimulate their learning and social skills. Eight early childhood development spaces were established, providing 107 children younger than 5 with places to learn, play, and develop skills for school. We monitored the health and nutritional status of 663 children and helped 25 children with serious medical conditions access healthcare services. We trained peer tutors and volunteers to assist children who are struggling in school and help strengthen their math, reading, and writing skills. 10 children were involved in child rights groups aimed at promoting children's well-being. 798 youth completed life-skills classes, which were coordinated with local high schools.

Additional information

This Development Program uses an innovative approach to programming. Instead of creating projects around specific sectors, they conduct integrative projects around the ages of the participants. The 0-5 project, for example, includes activities in health and nutrition from pregnancy to age 5, early education, child development, and birth registration.

Cross-cutting issues



  • Mexico>Baja California


  • Education
  • Health
  • Protection

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