Cross-Cutting Issues

Female Genital Cutting

The practice of female genital cutting (FGC) has impacted an estimated 140 million girls and women worldwide and it continues to affect at least three million girls annually in Africa. Through their knowledge of human rights, communities choose to abandon this practice, and others, that hinder their development.

Child Protection

In the countries where we work, there are many threats to a child’s healthy development. Lack of access to education, child trafficking, child labor, child/forced marriage, and female genital cutting (FGC) are some of those that our program seeks to address.

Empowerment of Women and Girls

Women and girls make up half the world’s population. Yet, they often have less access to education, health, and income as well as less opportunity to voice their opinions and take an active role in decision-making processes. More than half of our Community Empowerment Program (CEP) participants are women and at least nine members of the 17-member Community Management Comittees must be women.

Early Childhood Development

When children have the opportunity to develop their potential, they can excel at school and become self-sufficient, productive and active citizens. However, research shows that some traditional social norms and practices in Senegal are a barrier to the establishment of stimulating parent-child interactions and thus can hinder brain development in infants. Our new  Reinforcement of Parental Practices (RPP) module has been designed to help improve early learning and development skills, enabling them to succeed and stay in school.

Female Genital Cutting

The practice of female genital cutting (FGC) has impacted an estimated 140 million girls and women worldwide and it continues to affect at least three million girls annually in Africa. Through their knowledge of human rights, communities choose to abandon this practice, and others, that hinder their development.

Child Protection

In the countries where we work, there are many threats to a child’s healthy development. Lack of access to education, child trafficking, child labor, child/forced marriage, and female genital cutting (FGC) are some of those that our program seeks to address.

Empowerment of Women and Girls

Women and girls make up half the world’s population. Yet, they often have less access to education, health, and income as well as less opportunity to voice their opinions and take an active role in decision-making processes. More than half of our Community Empowerment Program (CEP) participants are women and at least nine members of the 17-member Community Management Comittees must be women.

Early Childhood Development

When children have the opportunity to develop their potential, they can excel at school and become self-sufficient, productive and active citizens. However, research shows that some traditional social norms and practices in Senegal are a barrier to the establishment of stimulating parent-child interactions and thus can hinder brain development in infants. Our new  Reinforcement of Parental Practices (RPP) module has been designed to help improve early learning and development skills, enabling them to succeed and stay in school.