Mwamba 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.
65 new savings groups provided interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable loans for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services, empowering them to plan for the future, start businesses, and meet their children’s basic needs. 227 farmers were trained in conservation farming and post-harvest technologies in order to increase agricultural production and generate more family income. 8,029 children under age 5 were fully immunized against diseases such as measles, polio, tetanus, and tuberculosis when we partnered with the Ministry of Health to conduct immunization campaigns in remote villages. To increase clean water supplies and improve village hygiene, we rehabilitated 10 water points and conducted 37 community trainings on hygiene practices such as handwashing, food and water storage, and solid waste management. To help 202 adolescents prepare for future economic opportunities, five career guidance meetings were held for them in local schools. Realizing that 882 children were not in school in Mwamba, we presented two forums on the importance of education attended by 473 community members. 30 government partners, church leaders, and community leaders were trained in a disaster risk reduction and community preparedness model. They reviewed emergency preparedness plans to ensure that communities were resilient to disasters. 30 community leaders took part in a series of meetings that equipped them to handle cases of child abuse and child rights violations.
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness
- Economic Recovery and Development
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene