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Dec 8, 2016

Healthy Habits - Final Report

Healthy Habits
Healthy Habits

Save the Children in Bolivia is pleased to present its fourth quarterly report on the project “Healthy Habits for Kids”. We are extremely thankful to announce that thanks to our donors’s support, over the past months, we were able to expand the reach of our School Health and Nutrition Program. We are now implementing the program in 148 primary schools in the city of El Alto (department of La Paz), Trinidad and San Andrés (department of Beni) and Cochabamba (department of Cochabamba). Additionally, we are also carrying out advocacy work in the municipalities of La Paz and Oruro.

A key event during the past month has been the International Handwashing Day which was celebrated on October 14th. Under the motto “Let’s make Handwashing a habit to live well”, children from different schools gathered together in a major square in the city of La Paz to celebrate the day and to promote adequate handwashing techniques. The event was organized under the leadership of the Ministry of Environment and Water, with the participation of the Health Ministry, Control Authorities of Portable Water and Basic Sanitation, UNICEF, Save the Children International, Foundation Sumaj Huasi, among others. The Vice Minister of Soil Watering and Water Resources, highlighted the importance of handwashing to safeguard the health of the population and celebrated the children’s initiatives to promote the adequate use of wáter resources and appropriate handwashing techniques.

Another highlight of these past three month has been the “First National Meeting to Share and Dissiminate successful Experiences and Strategies regarding Healthy Habits for Kids” which was held on November 17th in the city of La Paz. Authorities from different municipalities, school directors, profesors, parents and children of our programs from Cochabamba, Oruro, La Paz, El Alto, Trinidad and San Andres participated in this event which presented a space to share successful experiences and strategies to ensure healthy habits for kids. The children showed a lot of interest in listening and learning about how other regions addressed topics such as handwashing and menstrual higiene. The strategy that was highly celebrated by parents and children, was the OLDER SISTER strategy (Estrategia de la Hermana Mayor) as it presents a proactive way of addressing the topic of menstruation which is despite its importance, still a taboo within the Bolivian society.

Dec 8, 2016

A Chance to Start Again - Final Report

A Chance to Start Again
A Chance to Start Again

Save the Children International in Bolivia is pleased to present this year’s fourth and last report on the project “A Chance to Start Again”. The project promotes restorative justice mechanisms for adolescents, aged 14 – 18 years old, in conflict with the law. It encourages the adolescent’s participation in educational programs to facilitate their integration into society. And as part of the program, we also work with parents and family members to restore family ties and to improve the social and emotional support the adolescents receive.

Working directly with teens detained in the Center for Social Reintegration Cometa has allowed us to pilot an Intervention Model for Adolescents in Conflict with the Law, which is aligned with Bolivia’s National Child and Adolescent Code (Law 548).

We are excited that 100% of the expected results for our direct intervention work have been met, including the direct support provided to the adolescents in conflict with the law as well as support mechanisms established for their families.

Teens detained in Cometa have, during the course of 2016, improved their personal and social skills through educational programs, and are on track to complete the process of rehabilitation.

We were also able to work with and educate families of detained teens on their legal rights and the juvenile justice system. In addition, we held workshops and training sessions to help families bond with their children and support them in their rehabilitation process.

At the national level, the project has been able to raise awareness on the importance of restorative justice mechanisms for adolescents in conflict with the law. We strengthened the capacities of judges, public defenders, federal prosecutors, police, social workers and other public servants, to implement restorative justice mechanisms when dealing with adolescents in conflict with the law. Simply put, these front-line public servants, on whom teens caught up in the legal system depend, are now more aware of how to apply Bolivia’s legal code in a way that honors the restorative approach upon which it rests.

Nov 14, 2016

Gulf Coast Floods Final Report

Gulf Coast Floods
Gulf Coast Floods

While schools in East Baton Rouge Parish have reopened, six schools were destroyed, forcing children to be relocated to other schools. In nearby Livingston Parish, over a dozen schools were damaged, creating a disruption in children’s education. In both parishes, numerous child care providers suffered damage and are unable to provide this critical service to young children and working families. Save the Children staff working in the River Center shelter and in local communities report that there is a great need to help children who were traumatized by the disaster overcome feelings of stress, anxiety, fear, frustration and uncertainty.

We mobilized an immediate response to the urgent needs of children and families who arrived in emergency shelters, with a special focus on addressing children’s protection needs and providing them with access to psychosocial support to help alleviate their great stress and uncertainty around the crisis.

We have also been working with local and state education and child care officials to assess the damage to schools and child care providers and initiate activities to help restore children’s access to these services. We have coordinated with the mayor’s office in Baton Rouge, the governor’s office, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross, and the national Child Care Aware of America agency to ensure that children’s needs are prioritized.

 Here are highlights of our recent responses:

  • Our Child-friendly Space at the River Center shelter provided girls and boys with access to structured play and other activities, as well as psychosocial support, under the direction of trained facilitators.
  • To help address children’s mental health and behavioral support needs, we worked with Louisiana Spirit (a partner from our response after Hurricane Katrina) to provide crisis counselors at our Child-friendly Space.
  • At the request of education officials, we opened an early childhood development program at the shelter for children ages 0-3.
  • We provided backpacks filled with school supplies to 90 children at the shelter who were attending school.
  • We worked with parents at the shelter to determine why other children are not attending school and conducted follow ups with the school district. We requested that several children with disabilities be provided with transportation to attend school.
  • In Jefferson Davis Parish, we helped our Head Start programs reopen by assisting with repairs and maintenance. These two centers serve almost 140 children.
 
   

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