Chingale 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.

Activities

Community savings groups have increased to 3,486 members, with a majority of women. Savings groups provide interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services. Women's participation has helped empower them to provide more funds for their children's education. To improve children's access to nutritious food, 926 farmers were trained on irrigation techniques that allow them to successfully grow crops during the dry season. As a result, crop yields have become more consistent throughout the year. We supported farmers to create fish and livestock farming associations so they can work together on production and marketing. 1,514 mothers were trained on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding as a way to ensure that their babies are well nourished. World Vision partnered with the Ministry of Health to ensure that children received full immunizations, deworming pills, and Vitamin A, which protects against blindness and disease. 85% of families are now sleeping under mosquito nets after learning about their importance as a protection against malaria. After we held awareness sessions in the community, 875 people living with HIV and AIDS received counseling and report that they are living a more optimistic life despite testing positive for HIV. World Vision drilled 50 new borehole wells and constructed school latrines for 3,450 students, improving clean water access. School enrollment increased from 30% in 2010 to 74% in 2014 as a result of World Vision campaigns on the importance of education. Over 2,000 children joined book clubs we formed at schools to increase literacy. 127 educators were trained in effective methods for teaching reading and 23 schools received new books. 1,326 preschool-aged boys and girls enrolled in our community-based child care centers, where they had access to a safe place to play, a nutritious daily meal, and learned skills like counting and listening that prepare them to attend primary school. Young men and women learned welding and masonry trades at two vocational schools in order to increase their economic opportunities for the future.

Cross-cutting issues

Environment, Peace

Locations

  • Malawi>Southern>Zomba

Sectors

  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene

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