In Guinea, Filling Community Needs
Since 2005, ChildFund has worked in
Guinea to 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. Last year, we helped more
than 7,800 children and thousands of family members in a variety of ways,
proving that intervention works and can help people emerge from poverty and lead
more fulfilling lives.
ChildFund works with
three local partner organizations to help children and families living in some
of Guinea's poorest areas. We work predominantly in the Kindia, Mamou and Dabola
prefectures, and we have more than 7,000 currently sponsored children in these
ChildFund Guinea has worked 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 these programs.
A key to the ultimate success of these programs is
consulting with community members to understand what they need most. ChildFund
works with local partners so eventually a community can "graduate" from our
assistance once it has stabilized and can offer necessary resources to children
and families. This allows ChildFund to move on to other communities that need
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.
ECD centers 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.
early childhood development centers 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.
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
centers to promote awareness activities. We also provided vital supplies such as
notebooks and stationery to more than 1,000 Guinean
Although we have helped many children and their families
in Guinea's poorest regions, many more need our help. The best way you can
invest in the life of a Guinean boy or girl is by becoming
a child sponsor. Just $28 per month will ensure that a Guinean child has the
food, medicine and education he or she needs to emerge from poverty and live a
healthy,more fulfilling life.