Malaria, cholera and diarrhoea have cost thousands of children’s lives each year in Guinea Bissau. It is against this background that ADPP Child Aid Bissora was established in 1990. Child Aid program aims to improve 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.
During 2015 the Child Aid project developed its activities in Oio Region in Bissorã, Mansõa, Nhacra, Farim and Mansabá sectors; In Cacheu Region in Bigene, Cacheu, Canchungo and Caió sector; and in Bissau capital. In these areas the project operated with 7 of the 10 Child Aid Activity Lines as follows:
Strengthening the economy of the family
Child Aid project has been working for several years with a group of families organised into “Women’s Horticulture Clubs” to increase their production and to improve families’ economies. In 2015, this work continued with 17 women’s groups who were trained in vegetable garden production, processing products and marketing.
Health, sanitation and HIV/ AIDS
Young women were mobilized and trained as Health Committees to manage latrines hygiene in the 2 regions of Oio (Bissorã) and Cacheu (Bigene). Young men were trained as builders to continue the construction of latrines in the 25 villages of the two regions of Oio and Cacheu
In Bissorã the Child Aid project supported the operation of 36 community preschools managed by Parents Committees and also the establishment of a preschool model. In addition, 2.409 children were registered into schools and 41 teachers started to work paid through the monthly school fees from the parents. In Cacheu Region the Child Aid Project, based on existing and new parents associations, managed to get started 37 new preschools integrating 1.000 children.
Children as active in the political, social, cultural and economic spheres
The Child Aid Project leaders organised different activities like culture and sports events for children on the International Children’s Day celebrated the 1st of June.
The Child Aid Project carried out also the hand washing campaign with the children to celebrate the Hand Washing Day . Other actions were held within the campaign to prevent Ebola transmissions and other epidemic diseases.
During 2015 the Child Aid Project kept training Teachers and Parents Associations and the School Management Committees in 15 primary schools of Bissau which were built through a partnership with JICA. In Cacheu Region the work continued in the 55 primary schools included in the education improvement program funded by the European Union. The program’s objective was to rehabilitate and build wells and latrines, mobilise and train School Management Committees and campaign for children outside the school system, especially girls, to be registered in the school.
In connection with JICA funded program at the 15 schools in Bissau, 2 Workshops were carried out where 147 school sanitation students participated in discussion and debates concerning the maintenance of the environment around the school, identifying the problems and planning how to solve them.
Food security and nutrition
The project has been supporting 17 communities and 8 schools which are doing garden farming at small scale.