The main objective of this project is to improve the living conditions of the rural population in the selected villages of Grand-Lahou district namely; (Belleville, Dioulabougou, Nandibo2, Samba Coulibaly, Kpapazè) by 2025.
80 % of children aged 2-5 to enroll in nursery schools in the 5 community-managed Centers and also receive a child’s health. Care, welfare and psychosocial assistance based in
- Sensitize families on the right of the girl-child to receive education
- Sensitize families on the dangers of early marriage of the girl-child with the aim of discouraging parents from marrying off their daughters at an early age.
- Give children aged 2-5 the opportunity to enroll in nursery schools in the selected villages.
- Offer the children the opportunity to have free access to yearly health care, social welfare, and psychosocial assistance.
- Make women's work easier with a view to offering them the opportunity to carry out profit-making activities instead of being tied down at home by their toddlers.
- Encourage and assist families to establish birth certificates for their children.
OBJECTIVE 1: Provide adequate structures to serve as classrooms for the children in the five target villages of Grand Lahou.
Materials were bought and the community people were involved in building the new make-shift schools. Significant progress has been made so far. But the work was slowed down due to the slowness of the community people and lack of adequate funding.
OBJECTIVE 2: Build chairs and tables to facilitate a comfortable learning environment for the children.
Chairs and tables were successfully built.
OBJECTIVE 3: Provide medico- psychosocial assistance care to the children at least once a year.
This activity was supposed to start in January 2020 but due to unforeseen circumstances, it has not taken off.
OBJECTIVE 4: Find sponsors to take care of children’s school fees and canteen costs for children.
The school in Nadimbo 2 has about 150 children attending the school. Most of the parents are trying their best to keep the children in school. However, about ten children were sent away from school because of the inability of their parents to pay their school feels. New Life project and NGO FEMDEV came to the rescue of some of those children.
OBJECTIVE 5: Provide school bags and writing materials, blackboards, and didactic materials for the children.
NGO FEMDEV through the sponsorship of Newlife Project was able to send some didactic materials to the children in Nandibo 2 schools who were full of excitement. Blackboards were also made available for them. However, we are still expecting the school bags, writing materials, and other didactic materials that were recently sent from NewLife project, Canada.
OBJECTIVE 6. Sensitize parents on child/girls education
This was done in the five villages and continue to be done regularly to convince the parents to send their children to school especially their girls. A positive response is coming but quite timidly.
DIFFICULTIES AND CHALLENGES
The challenges we are facing include lack of funds, lack of cooperation from the community people who are helping to build the classrooms. Some of the parents are still reticent about sending young children to school, especially the girl-child. The roads are very bad and when it rains the roads become impassable. We have no project vehicle to visit and supervise the project as often as we would like to.
in collaboration with the President, NGO FEMDEV, Abidjan, Ivory Coast