MCC Helps Children Lead Healthy, Prosperous Lives

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    A boy in Himokilan, Hindang, Leyte, has access to electricity at home, and no longer has to rely on a gas lamp to do his homework at night. As part of the MCC Philippines Compact, a community-driven development project funded over 4,000 projects like this one in rural, high-poverty areas throughout the country based on needs identified and prioritized by the communities. As a result, 144 households in Himokilan now have electricity for the very first time.

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    A teacher gives a lesson to young students in Aguacatillo, El Salvador, where MCC investments in the country’s Northern Zone rehabilitated the Northern Transnational Highway and more than 20 bridges, making education, services and commerce more accessible. With an easier commute to school for students and teachers, thanks to the new highway, school enrollment is up at some northern zone schools – opening doors to new opportunities.

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    Public school students in Gori, Georgia, await the re-opening of their school following its rehabilitation. The school building was restored as part of Georgia’s second MCC compact, which is rehabilitating dilapidated school facilities, upgrading utilities, and funding science laboratories and equipment for Georgian public schools.

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    Mrs. Um Osama Omran fills a kettle from a water jug at home in Zarqa, Jordan. At the time of this photo, she and her son, Sari, were anticipating the installation of new sewer and water lines in their neighborhood. As part of its Jordan Compact, MCC has since rehabilitated Zarqa's old sewer and water lines and helped expand a new wastewater treatment plant – which have increased available water for drinking and irrigation and improved the safety and living conditions of city residents.

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    Health workers measure a baby boy as part of an MCC-funded community health project in the West Java region of Indonesia. More than one-third of children under five years old in Indonesia experience stunting. As part of the Indonesia Compact, MCC’s investments in community-based health are working to reduce childhood stunting by integrating sanitation, maternal and child health, and nutrition interventions.

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    Students study with new laptops at Shikudule Combined School in the Oshana Region of Namibia. As part of the MCC compact with Namibia, which sought to improve the quality of education and training for underserved populations, students at Shikudule received new classrooms, laboratory and computer equipment, and new textbooks, and gained access to clean drinking water.

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    Residents in Lusaka, Zambia, including children, regularly visit water kiosks to collect water for their households in barrels and other storage containers. MCC’s compact in Zambia is supporting the installation of water and sewer household connections and reducing water and sanitation-related burdens on women and children, so they can lead healthy, productive lives.

MCC works with partner countries around the world to transform the lives of children and their families by investing in projects that help people lift themselves out of poverty – in areas like education, health services and infrastructure – and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Primary and secondary education projects help children get the foundational knowledge and skills they need to get jobs and contribute to their countries’ economic growth. Health investments help governments provide its people with critical, cost-effective health services, including treatment and prevention of disease, and access to clean water and sanitation – all of which improve children’s well-being so they can become productive members of their communities.

Related Country Programs

  • Zambia Compact

    The Zambia Compact invests in water supply, sanitation and drainage infrastructure with the goal of decreasing the incidence of water-related diseases, generating time savings for households and businesses, and mitigating business and residential flood losses.

  • Namibia Compact

    The Namibian Compact aims to increase the competence of the Namibian workforce through knowledge and skills, as well as to increase the productivity of agricultural and nonagricultural enterprises in rural areas.

  • Indonesia Compact

    The five-year MCC compact with Indonesia's three projects are expected to increase household income and increase productivity through better health and nutrition, sustainable land and energy management, and modernized government procurement.

  • Philippines Compact

    The Philippines Compact aimed to reduce transportation costs through road rehabilitation, expand the fiscal space through improved tax collection efforts, and empower communities by investing in small-scale, community-driven development projects.

  • Georgia Compact II

    The Georgia II Compact seeks to improve the quality of education in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and increase the earning potential of Georgians.

  • Jordan Compact

    Recognizing that Jordan is among the world’s driest countries, Jordanians have been dramatically transforming their access to clean water and sanitation through a five year grant of $275 million provided to Jordan by the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

  • El Salvador Compact

    MCC is fueling economic growth in El Salvador's Northern Zone through technical assistance, rehabilitation of roads, credit, and investments in people—including vocational education, better water and sanitation services and an improved energy supply.