Community development has been a long-standing priority of DAPP. The organization utilizes the “Child Aid” integrated model which has been developed by the Federation Humana People to People. Child Aid builds capacity in communities to reduce poverty and give families the best conditions in which to raise their children.
This is accomplished through the implementation of activities within child care and early childhood development, health, education, and economic development. DAPP has reached approximately 110,000 families/households through Child Aid since 1995.
The current Child Aid projects in Chikwawa, Machinga and Zomba are working with communities to improve the life of children and their families by mobilizing, organizing and training the community and schools on how to improve their own sanitation and living conditions. The projects are targeting approximately 34.900 households using the community participatory approach, Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).