EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Early childhood education programs in La Paz, Bolivia provide daily meals, an excellent education and before- and after-school activities. Well-run, safe spaces with qualified educators provide parents with peace of mind, freeing them to earn incomes knowing their children are being cared for.
School and community gardens are vibrant, hands-on ways to connect students, teachers, Elders, and other community members with the source of healthy, nutritious food. Gardens build knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating. In autumn, in First Nations communities supported by CFTC, students enjoy reaping the harvest of their hard work to prepare and serve a meal to their Elders in celebration and thanks.
Community-led agricultural training and extension services help increase crop productivity, boost resilience to climate change, and create sustainable income from agriculture. Smallholder farm families are better able to feed their families consistently, despite the challenges imposed by a harsh and changing climate. Agricultural inputs and training help improve food security for hundreds of thousands of people through CFTC-supported programming in northern Ghana and the Eastern Amhara Region of Ethiopia.
Community Capacity Building
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Village Savings and Loan Associations, Self-Help Groups and other micro-finance initiatives provide participants – primarily women – with business and marketing skills, knowledge of credit and savings, and the means to earn and control their own income. Groups like these enable parents to increase their household earnings and engage in sustainable livelihoods, resulting in lasting, community-led change that ultimately helps improve children’s nutrition and health.
Uganda’s school feeding programs, delivered through early childhood care centres and primary schools, are vital to ensure that children are well-nourished during the day. Daily nutritious meals give children the energy to concentrate and learn in school, and also provide an incentive to attend school. School meals offer parents and caregivers peace of mind knowing that children are not going hungry, and mean that those at home (younger children or other vulnerable family members) are more likely to receive adequate nutrition, too.
Since I started rearing goats [through CFTC’s Livestock program] and earning an income from them, the biggest difference in my children’s lives is that they are now happy and hopeful. I am able to provide adequate food for my children and pay for school expenses. My children’s future is bright!Woinshet TeferaFAQsDonate Today
Self-help group member and farmer
Abaye-Atir, North Shewa, Ethiopia
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