This project is to contribute to the health program for 390 children ages 0 to 5 years at our two Early Childhood Development centers in Yumbo Valle del Cauca, Colombia. We contribute to the Early Childhood Development of the most vulnerable children in Colombia. Our aim is that these children have the opportunity to unblock their cognitive potential and be successful in school and later in adult life, and so to break the cycle of poverty that has plagued Colombia for several generations.
Colombia has more than five million children ages 0-5 years old and 62% of them have no access to Early Childhood Development. In Yumbo 10% of the population fall within this age range and their cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical development potential are being blocked. Helping children in the first stages of their life has a multiplier effect on society. If we don't invest in the first years of life it becomes more and more difficult for children to reach their full development potential.
The effect of disease and malnutrition on young children (ages 0-5) can be devastating. It can impede behavioral and cognitive development, educability, and overall health status. With this program we will provide stronger nursing care to all of the children in our centers who require primary health care, the current program is not sufficient due to the high number of children, and there are difficulties and barriers to access health services through the health system.
The reduced dropout and repetition rates, improved school achievements, greater adult productivity, and higher levels of social and emotional functioning encouraged by ECD programs make them a highly cost-effective means of strengthening society as a whole by ensuring that its individual members live up to their full potentials. The municipality of Yumbo has 111,000 inhabitants that in the long term will benefit greatly by having a society that can contribute at a higher level.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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