Promoting health and well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development.
Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality, but working towards achieving the target of less than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030 would require improvements in skilled delivery care.
Achieving the target of reducing premature deaths due to incommunicable diseases by 1/3 by the year 2030 would also require more efficient technologies for clean fuel use during cooking and education on the risks of tobacco.
Many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues. By focusing on providing more efficient funding of health systems, improved sanitation and hygiene, increased access to physicians and more tips on ways to reduce ambient pollution, significant progress can be made in helping to save the lives of millions.
- Promoting vaccination of children
- Supporting early diagnosis and treatment of diseases
- Supporting the access to medication
Children sacrifice their future for lack of school fees, text books, uniforms, backpacks, pencils and pens.
Our objective as Upendo Livelihoods is to reduce those barriers to education to help the children to enable Learn, Contribute and Lead.
Some key benefits to society include :-
Provide an opportunity to earn higher wages as adults
Ensure the children raise healthier educated children of their own
Allow the children to contribute to society
Helps reduce child marriage and exploitation
Majority of the children not in school are girls. Girls who stay in school are healthier, earn more money as adults, start families later – and are more likely to send their daughters and sons to school. But the cost of secondary school is prohibitive to many families. Upendo Livelihoods helps keep girls in school, an investment now and for future generations.
For every additional year of education for women of reproductive age, child mortality decreased by 9.5 per cent.
But the cost of secondary school is prohibitive to many families. Upendo Livelihoods helps keep girls in school, an investment now and for future generations. Upendo Livelihoods provides school supplies school fees to vulnerable children, especially girls.
Since 2000, there has been enormous progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. The total enrollment rate in developing regions reached 91 percent in 2015, and the worldwide number of children out of school has dropped by almost half.
There has also been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls are in school than ever before. These are all remarkable successes.
Progress has also faced tough challenges in developing regions due to high levels of poverty, armed conflicts and other emergencies. In Western Asia and North Africa, ongoing armed conflict has seen an increase in the proportion of children out of school. This is a worrying trend.
While sub-Saharan Africa made the greatest progress in primary school enrolment among all developing regions – from 52 percent in 1990, up to 78 percent in 2012 – large disparities still remain. Children from the poorest households are four times more likely to be out of school than those of the richest households. Disparities between rural and urban areas also remain high.
- Provision of school fees.
- Provision of school supplies such as text books, backpacks and pens.
- Buying uniforms for children from poor backgrounds.
- Fundraising to build schools.
- Identifying and supporting children with special needs.
Agriculture, Food Security & Nutrition
Adequate nutrition is key in breaking intergenerational poverty. Well fed children are able to learn, are healthier and are therefore capable of earning better wages as adults. Well fed individuals are able to lead active, productive lives.
Some of the challenges that make it hard for farmers to produce crops and feed livestock include :-
Recurring severe drought and floods
High farm input prices
Lack of ready market
Lack of access to credit
- Inadequate training on farming techniques
Food security exists when all people at all times have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. The nutritional dimension is integral to the concept of food security.
High food prices as well as inability to grow sufficient nutritious food leads to food insecurity and inadequate nutrition.
Upendo Livelihoods focuses on the four pillars of food security:- food availability, access, utilization and stability.
To increase food security through more food production and better income for farmers, especially women, Upendo Livelihoods supports sustainable farming techniques, storage, processing, and access to market. To improve nutrition, especially for women and children, Upendo Livelihoods promotes healthier diets, production of fruits and vegetables at home, and increasing access to clean water.
- Provision of farming resources
- Provision of training
- Supporting savings and loan groups
- Value chain development