Over a two-year period, SVQF will fund the construction and furnishing of classrooms and teachers' quarters, the provision of basic health care services, a source of safe water, the construction of latrines and hand washing stations, and the implementation of an alternative income program for the community's women.
During this period, SVQF will receive detailed quarterly progress reports from its implementing partner Free The Children, and will conduct at least one on-site visit.
SVQF's mission as an organization is the alleviation of extreme poverty. To this end, SVQF supports experienced organizations that provide the basic needs of communities living in extreme poverty while building a framework for the communities to sustain their progress. This support is both financial and in-kind in that SVQF forms relationships with other organizations to complement and strengthen the existing project.
Approximately 70% of Osenetoi's inhabitants live on less than $1 or $2 per day, and the community's women have the lowest income, averaging $20 per month. The literacy rate is 20% for men and 10% for women. Due to a variety of factors stemming from extreme poverty, the educational potential of the community's children is limited. Health care is a significant concern for the community's members: the infant mortality rate is 15%, the child under-five mortality rate is 10%, and there is a high incidence of miscarriage. Both children and adults suffer from malnourishment, respiratory diseases, and water-borne diseases resulting from unsafe water and poor sanitation facilities and practices. None of the households has access to safe drinking water or proper sanitation facilities.
Extreme poverty is a complex problem with interrelated causes - for example, a child who is malnourished or ill from unsafe drinking water is less likely to attend school - and this commitment addresses the complex interrelationship of extreme poverty's causes and effects by taking a holistic approach. Both physical infrastructure and community-wide training will be provided in the areas of safe water and sanitation, health care, primary education, and alternative income generation.
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Offering: Best Practice Information