Maseyinsi 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 members formed 15 savings groups with our help, providing 130 families with access to basic financial services such as interest-earning savings accounts and small, affordable business loans. 40 youth and 18 women completed vocational training in metalworking, electrical wiring, or sewing, equipping them with skills to earn a living. They were also trained in business and financial management to help them run their own businesses. Through our food processing classes, 50 parents and caregivers learned how to preserve the harvest so they can provide children with a more diverse, nutritious diet throughout the year. 50 farmers were trained in conservation farming, an agricultural method that increases crop yields, protects soil fertility, and is less expensive than conventional farming. 75 percent of farmers planted three or more crops and 76 percent raised livestock and poultry as a result of our efforts to promote animal husbandry and improved farming practices. 300 families were able to feed their children more nutritious meals after we supplied them with seeds and training on how to grow vegetables. 24 pastors were trained in Channels of Hope, a program that empowers churches to take action on HIV and AIDS issues in their communities. We also helped churches establish teams to care for orphans and other people made vulnerable by HIV or AIDS. 32 youth were trained in HIV prevention and equipped to educate their peers. They formed three health clubs, through which they reached 1,143 children. 150 volunteers who provide home-based care for people living with HIV or AIDS were supplied with basic medicines and caregiver kits, which include essential items such as latex gloves and soap. 250 households, including 356 children, gained access to clean water from nine new borehole wells drilled in their community. 68 households were trained in water management and healthy hygiene and sanitation practices, after which they formed two water committees to monitor and maintain water sources. Two primary schools built latrines with our help, providing a cleaner, healthier environment for 654 children and 34 teachers. We installed a school computer lab with 30 computers, providing 259 children with opportunities to learn valuable new skills. 17 schools were supplied with books to improve students' reading, writing, and English language skills.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Protection|Peace|Advocacy|HIV&AIDS|

Locations

  • Swaziland>Shiselweni

Sectors

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

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