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Helping communities prosper in Guinea

ChildFund has been working in Guinea since 2005 to help provide children with access to the necessities they need to survive. With a population of 10.8 million people, almost half of whom live in poverty, there are many families who need support.

ChildFund works with three local partner organisations – predominantly in Kindia, Mamou and Dabola – to help children and families living in some of Guinea’s poorest areas. Last year, we helped more than 7,800 children and thousands of their family members.

ChildFund Guinea is working hard to improve the quality of life for these families. Our initiatives have had a broad range of focus, from expanding access to education and improved water sources to establishing food security and providing job training. In 2012, almost 50,000 Guineans benefited from our work.

In Guinea, we collaborate with our local partners to understand the communities’ greatest needs. In response, ChildFund has worked to provide access to early childhood development (ECD) programs; child protection measures; civic education and job training for youth; promotion of women’s rights; food security, and prevention of HIV and AIDS.

 

Young people receiving computer training through ChildFund.

ECD centres perform a range of functions in the community. Children can receive nutritious food to ensure that they grow up healthy. Mothers and other caregivers can learn parenting skills that stimulate cognitive and physical development in their children, as well as nutrition and basic health care. Children also gain a good foundation to develop the literacy and numeracy skills they will need to succeed in school.

ChildFund’s early childhood development centres also provide a space for community leaders to discuss children’s rights and other important topics. This has helped some communities develop better strategies with regard to local governance, the allocation of resources and the promotion of health and wellness.

Last year, we trained 57 early childhood development coordinators to promote young children’s learning through play; an initiative that was bolstered by a separate project that provided toys and educational materials to eight ECD centres to promote awareness activities. We also provided vital supplies such as notebooks and stationery to more than 1,000 Guinean school children.

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