Childhood Rescue update
World Vision Ireland is supporting three new projects in Afghanistan, DRC and Honduras.
The project in San Pedro Sula will help over 10,800 girls, boys, youth and adults in 5 neighbourhoods: Armenta, Rio Blanco, La Satélite, La Pradera and Lomas del Carmen. It is exciting to see how our efforts in building our expertise in urban programming and fragile contexts are aligning. Gang violence makes San Pedro Sula a dangerous place for children to grow up, but the project is working with families to support livelihoods by nurturing young entrepreneurs and supporting neighbourhood church community and educational leaders to promote peace and child protection. World Vision is also working at the municipal level with local government, media and companies to attract more business and change the image of the neighbourhoods. The project team is currently determining if and how to respond to new comers to San Pedro Sula, which include people who have left rural areas in search of economic opportunities, many of them joining growing caravans that are making their way north to the Mexican border.
In December 2019, the Rutshuru pilot project had a launch event with World Vision staff, Rutshuru territory and Bwisha representatives and local leaders from religious groups, CBOs (community based organisations), the local health zone staff and education staff. World Vision was able to introduce the FCPA (fragile context programming approach) process, Childhood Rescue and discuss key sectors, which include nutrition, WASH (water and sanitation hygiene) in schools and child protection. After the launch event, representatives gathered to identify previous trigger events to inform how the new project might have to adjust to change. Previous problems these communities have faced include kidnapping, violence, drowning, restricting the boundaries for the Virunga National Park, heavy rain, devastation of fields by elephants, etc. In February, the team narrowed the geographic focus of the pilot to focus on the area of Binza and are now collecting and confirming additional details with community members to contribute to the child protection analysis. The World Vision DRC team is also using previous MSTC (making sense of turbulent contexts) and the national strategy to help inform the design. This information is critical for determining how to adjust nutrition, WASH and child protection interventions to have the greatest impact possible with approximately 5,000 people in a vulnerable community.
During the first week of February, World Vision Afghanistan completed the Fragile Context Programme Design Workshop. This was led by Moussa Sangara, with essential support from multiple RO (regional offices) and WVI colleagues. There were multiple challenges that the workshop participants addressed, including defining “thrive” in Afghanistan’s context. Much more detail will come from this team as they finalise their plans.