Cocibolca 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.
231 students from seven schools attended our trainings on how to start school gardens. Training topics included planting methods, food safety, and composting. To improve the nutritional status of children younger than 5, we weighed and measured 243 girls and 253 boys to identify cases of malnutrition and refer at-risk children to health clinics. To improve children's health and nutrition, we trained 17 health workers on preventing childhood diseases and educated 32 mothers on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. 65 boys and 72 girls from four different schools were able to identify hygienic practices that prevent illness, including handwashing and teeth brushing. World Vision trained 33 parents of young children on early stimulation practices to prepare little ones for preschool, such as reading books, playing games, learning to share, and demonstrating kind behavior. 105 children and youth improved their academic performance in math and reading after receiving tutoring and joining special reading clubs. World Vision partnered with the government and local churches to train young people on emergency preparedness, including first aid, search and rescue, food distribution, friendly spaces for children, and creating a disaster mitigation plan. 36 cases of violation of the rights of children and youth were reported to the appropriate authorities as part of a child rights campaign we organized in the community. World Vision helped 10 girls and 15 boys acquire birth certificates, which are essential documents for children to access education, healthcare, and child protection.
Most Vulnerable Children, Advocacy
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness