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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.
In 2017, Switched On-Gambia teamed up with Book Aid International to donate brand new books to support schools in the Central River Region of The Gambia. The aim of the collaboration is to enhance the use of Switched On-Gambia’s initiative of providing solar lights and creating effective reading opportunities, particularly through evening classes and book clubs, when solar lights and books come together to improve learning.
Book Aid are the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity and since forming their initial partnership with Switched On-Gambia, have gone on to expand their support for more public and community libraries across The Gambia.
One of these beneficiaries, St. Therese’s Basic Upper School, welcomed a visit from Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall in November. During her visit to West Africa as part of a Commonwealth tour, the Duchess opened the school’s library, which has been filled with over 3,000 brand new widely-ranging books chosen specifically to help the school’s pupils discover a love of reading and to support their studies.
Click here to read an interview with the school’s Principal, Mrs Jammeh, to learn about the impact these books have made on the pupils.
It has now been decided, that Switched On-Gambia charity (SOG), which IGF have supported since 2013, will be creating a new organisation in the Gambia: 'Intouch Gambia.' Michael Mendy the SOG country coordinator will be in charge of setting up and directing Intouch Gambia with continued support from SOG. Good luck Michael!
After months of dedicated time spent developing the IGF facility, the space is finished!
This vibrant and visually stimulating showcase of projects and activities will be used as a space for people learn more about who IGF supports, and what we do to help. Rosie has worked with Ruskin Propeties and staff at Fountain House to design, create and install themed zones, which split up the room into displays of projects in Africa, Asia, South America and Europe. Whilst viewing the many photo displays, watching films made by the 18 different projects, and reading information, it will also be a space to relax and unwind.
IGF have facilitated a link for support between Future Faces, and Book Aid International. This extremely beneficial network between us has seen thousands of books sent to the Gambia, and now to Nepal! The Craniofacial Centre Nepal in Janakpur, which is sponsored by Future Faces, has just recieved 205 medical books for the centre. The cost of medical books are very high, and so a valuable resource in Nepal as a developing country. The books will be used for surgeons, healthcare staff, and in training and as brand new books, will last a long time!
Thank you Book Aid!
Here's a quick video featuring some of the progress in the IGF room!
Introducing Happy Smiles Health Foundation, IGF's newest partners!
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 provide dental treatments.
"Nepal is a developing country where other health issues are difficult to be addressed. Dental health is always overlooked by the marginalised population. Our aim is to educate and address all the oral health issues at a very early age of the children so they learn and can even educate their parents. " Happy Smiles Director.
IGF are looking forward to supporting Happy Smiles, and hopes to facilitate a partnership between Happy Smiles and Future Faces.
IGF EXTENDS SUPPORT TO SOUTH AMERICA!
Agreements have now been made for IGF to support Asociación ONG Añañau in Cusco, Peru. Similar to Flame charity in Cambodia, Añañau focuses on reducing inequalities that living in poverty brings, through,
"Education, Health and the overall Social-cultural Development."
We are very excited to start supporting Añaña. Our funding will enable the expansion and development of valuable services offered to rural communities in Cusco.
Click here to visit their website and learn more.
This blog is to show the progress and activities of Intouch Global Foundation, and the charities it supports.