Mpharane 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.
To increase community food supplies, 22 farmers learned proper storage techniques that lowered crop losses due to insects. 28 mothers were also trained to preserve and can fruits and vegetables for year-round use. 40 farmers were trained in planting crops such as cabbage, green peppers, and tomatoes that provide families with nutritious meals and generate more income at market. 50 pregnant mothers were trained to lower the risk of malnutrition in children under age 5 by practicing exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and preparing balanced, nutritious meals for infants and toddlers. To improve community maternal and child health, we ensured that 180 mothers received postnatal care and 140 children were provided with complete immunizations. Latrine ownership increased to 77%, and close to 2,000 households have built sewage pits in an effort to improve hygiene and sanitation. These interventions reduced the incidence of waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea that significantly endanger children under age 5. To ensure that all children gain the ability to read and write, we trained 45 primary school teachers on conducting reading assessments and 40 early childhood center staff on teaching reading and writing to young children with disabilities. We supported 12 literacy centers for adults and out of school youth and we provided the centers with solar-powered lights so they can offer reading and writing classes in the evening. Communities established disaster preparedness committees and master plans to mitigate the impact of natural disasters such as droughts. 200 children attended a World Vision campaign about HIV prevention, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and advocacy. As a result, 55 of the children conducted a child parliament with the government, advocating for child well-being and child protection issues.
- Lesotho>Mohale's Hoek
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene