Focusing on the well-being of children and their families, the Community Development programs operated by ADPP GB, namely Child Aid, aim to reduce the mortality of children under 5; Create health conditions; Awareness of health and hygiene and diseases linked to water quality; Improve household food security; Contribute to the creation of income-generating activities; Promote access to quality pre-school, and adult literacy; To reduce various forms of discrimination based on gender; Support the reintegration of orphans, ex-combatants and others.
Malaria, cholera, and diarrhea have taken the lives of thousands of children each year in Guinea-Bissau. It is in this context that the Child Aid program was created in 1990 in order to improve the health, education and living conditions of children and their families. The project began and operated for many years in Oio Region , but it expanded in 2011 to Quinara and Cacheu Region.
According to its lines the project builds latrines, realises awareness’s campaigns about hygiene and sanitation, trains Parents Associations and School Management Committees, creates mechanisms to generate income to maintain the schools, trains teacher for preschool education, provides material to use in preschool classes and distributes condoms within several HIV/AIDS awareness’s campaigns. The project campaigns also to encourage parents to pay a small monthly school fee to give a salary to the preschool teacher.
The project operates following 10 lines of action, including the construction of latrines, awareness campaigns on hygiene and sanitation, training of country associations and education officials and school management committees, teacher training for pre-school education or HIV prevention AIDS through campaigns to raise awareness and distribution of contraceptive methods.
The 10 lines of Child Aid include the following:
Line 1: Strengthening the Economy of the Families
Line 2: Health – hereunder HIV and AIDS
Line 3: Preschools Of the Future Programme
Line 4: The Children and Youth Programme
Line 5: Children without Parents
Line 6: Education
Line 7: District Development
Line 8: Environment
Lines 9 and 10 are optional and can be decided on by the local community or a partner with a special interest. Activities can include Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) and Home Based Care (HBC), Food Security or other activities relevant to the community.