Here are photos of students of Essau Lower Basic School enjoying their brand new classroom!
The Republic of Gambia is the smallest country on the African mainland, and unlike the UK and other developed countries which have used sophisticated support and teaching techniques for many years, it has very limited facilities for deaf children.
There is a lack of routine testing of babies and young children for deafness so, although some deaf children have been identified, it is probable that many other deaf children have not been diagnosed or offered help. Some of these will be kept at home and considered uneducable.
Working in partnership with The Gambian Deaf Children Support Project (GDCSP), IGF pledged to build new and improved facilities to support deaf children in the Gambia, their parents and their teachers.
Earlier this year we shared photos of the site in construction, and now it is open and in full use, benefiting deaf and partially hearing children from the area!
Taiz is a city on the South West coast of Yemen, nestled amongst the Yemeni Highlands. Renowned for its coffee and architecture, the city has effectively been under siege since the outbreak of the Yemeni Civil War in 2015, with regular reports emerging of food, water and medical supply shortages.
Earlier this year, Intouch Global Foundation donated food and grain supplies to local communities in Taiz and have now pledged to fund the restoration of the local school that has fallen into a state of deep disrepair.
The project will initially focus on the overhaul of three classrooms, paving the way to providing a safe place for the basic education of the local population which includes around 400 children.
Sanchong Teenager House is a youth centre based in Taipei, Taiwan. Supporting young people by offering extra tuition and the opportunities to engage in positive social community projects, Sanchong provides consistent support that empowers young people to explore a variety of interests with the encouragement of skilled and caring adults.
Scroll through the gallery below to see the wide-ranging events and activities available to these students.
Working with Book Aid International and Windle International Kenya (WIK), Intouch Global Foundation have funded the Solar Homework Club, a project that aims to support the provision of quality education by providing access to books and solar lamps in six secondary schools in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. This has enabled the shipment of 3,065 books comprising of text books, revision guides and teen fiction (all donated to Book Aid International by UK publishers), as well as 864 solar lamps to be used by school teachers and students.
There is no electricity for the refugee population across Kakuma, leaving students unable to study or do their homework at home, and teachers have unanimously agreed that lending the lamps to students is the best long-term solution. Schools will own the lamps and students will be provided with lamps on loan until they bring them back upon completion of their time at school. This will allow the school to serve more students and help others the following year. Teachers noted that the lamps will encourage school attendance among students and have a profound impact on their learning.
A planning workshop in Kakuma Refugee Camp
The diagram below is an excerpt from an Arabic translation of The Oral Health Manual, a project funded by Intouch Global Foundation in support of Teeth Relief.
Teeth Relief are a London-based organisation whose aim is to make knowledge of oral health a fundamental part of health education in low income communities and developing countries.
Since dental work is expensive and therefore inaccessible to so many, acting to prevent problems before they develop is a valuable investment and, in 2017, Teeth Relief created The Oral Health Manual to equip health works with a guide of basic dental health and practices. The guide contains useful teaching material, clearly explaining oral health practice in plain language.
This year, IGF funded an Arabic translation which has been distributed in Syria with the view of further-ranging distribution in future. This has proven a significant and effective step in improving oral health and hygiene of thousands of displaced people who have limited access to even the most basic and routine healthcare.
Intouch Games Limited won the 2019 Midlands Business Corporate Commitment Award! The company earned the accolade last week specifically for the work they do with IGF and the numerous projects they have supported on both regionally and internationally. This award celebrates their partnership with us to facilitate a programme of social initiatives with measurable and sustainable results. IGF Director Kevin Bailey collected the award on Intouch Games’ behalf at The Athena in Leicester on Friday evening.
In January, we announced that Intouch Global Foundation would be funding the construction of Essau Lower Basic School Unit, a project in partnership with the support of The Gambian Deaf Children Support Project (GDCSP). Based in the coastal region of The Gambia, the school will teach deaf and partially hearing children from the area who are deprived of an adequate education by mainstream government schools.
Since then, building has steadily been underway and the school is ready to open next week! The photos below show progress of the unit and what is already an enormous improvement from the temporary classroom the children are currently based.
Earlier this year, Intouch Global Foundation agreed to support Flame Cambodia by funding a fourth Activity Centre in the capital Phnom Penh. Set in an area of low resources with limited access to health care and education, Flame already provide regular support with projects including a visiting Book Tuk Tuk and provision of medical supplies. The new centre will begin as a temporary structure set on rented land within the community. The pictures below show the land where the structure will be built- until then the children are enjoying their temporary outdoor classroom setting!
The HSHF is a non-profit charity health organisation, conducting a School Oral Health Programme in the Ramechhap District of Nepal. The charity sets up camps in schools across the district to educate children about oral health, and to provide dental treatments.
This is the first year that Intouch Global Foundation has supported Happy Smiles and we are pleased to see regular dental camps taking place in this district of Nepal. The community members attending are given high quality dental health education and basic dental treatment if needed.
More serious cases are referred to the craniofacial centre in Janakpur which IGF have supported for a number of years.
The photo below shows the latest progress in the building of the Essau Lower Basic School Unit, a project that Intouch Global Foundation have funded with the support of The Gambian Deaf Children Support Project (GDCSP). The Unit will host children from the local area and is the second to be funded by ITG after the establishment of a special class at St Joseph’s primary school in Basse in 2012.
Both units have been built to facilitate the education of deaf and partially hearing students who, due to a lack of facilities and adequately trained staff in most mainstream government schools, are at a disadvantage when it comes to their education. Those who complete their Lower and Upper Basic Cycle education will have the chance to further their studies at St John’s School for The Deaf, ensuring that they have had the same opportunity to learn and benefit from attending school.
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