The aim of Intouch Global Foundation is to provide tailored guidance and support to smaller, lesser-known charities, where resources can go further. We work with a number of charitable organisations both locally and overseas; most are ongoing partnerships with long-term goals, while some have been one-off grants to facilitate a specific project. Below is more information on how we support these organisations, click on each charity to read more!
WYRE FOREST NIGHTSTOP
FRANCHE COMMUNITY CHURCH
The Hope Centre is a non-profit organisation based in Halesowen, West Midlands. They provide a welcoming environment open to those in need, assisting by supporting, befriending and serving in whatever way possible to alleviate distress, poverty and loneliness. They operate on the system that every person who enters the centre is in a unique situation and therefore has individual needs. The aim is to provide support in whatever they can at their point of need. The partnership between IGF and The Hope Centre began in 2016 and contributions have comprised of an ICT suite for those without access computer or internet, a day trip for local children to the beach, funding during difficult financial times, as well as a monthly donation and food package drops.
Wyre Forest Nightstop is a charity providing temporary emergency accommodation to young people aged 11-25 in the Wyre Forest and South Worcestershire districts.
As well as giving support and advice to young people who have become homeless, Nightstop run a ‘Volunteer for Success Programme’, skills training, and a mediation scheme for families. They believe that the key to preventing homelessness is to empower young people to reach their full potential, and by giving young people the opportunity to gain accredited skills helps them to live independently. Nightstop receives regular financial support from IGF.
Based in Stourbridge, Living Springs provides a safe and secure environment for young people and families to be assisted and supported. They deliver a range of services tailored appropriately for each family to provide parents guidance in improving their skills to care for their children and babies. They offer residential and community assessment, help for victims of domestic violence, counselling and much more. IGF contribute to the salaries of key staff and to various engagement activities.
Franche Community Church, Kidderminster, has an established Food Bank which provides a service to the wider community with emergency food packed with items for two to three days depending on people's circumstances. They are distributed to individuals and families as recommended by several local agencies they partner with in helping people who require support for a variety of reasons. IGF support with monthly donations to supply food and household goods for their food bank.
FRIENDS OF JAN JAN BUREH NURSERY
Helper Students for Poor Children of Cambodia Organisation (HSPCCO) run schools and an orphanage for children in Puok Village near Siem Reap, North West Cambodia. Classes include academic subjects, technical skills, human rights and English.
The founder and leader of HSPCCO, Samuth “Lucky Man” Noem, was so named when he escaped the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields, traversing the deadline minefields multiple times without injury. 1.7 million people died during the regime between 1975-1979; almost a quarter of Cambodia’s population. Lucky Man survived and vowed to help the children of those who did not have his good fortune.
IGF and HSPCCO have a long-established link dating back two decades and provide support by contributing towards the costs involved running and equipping five education centres.
Flame is a well-established charity in Cambodia which has grown rapidly since its inception. Based on the concept that an education leads to a better life, it began with a mentoring scheme partnering educated young adults with young children. Mentors are often those who were beneficiaries of the scheme themselves, providing children in low-resource income areas a role model with proven success!
Flame run Activity Centres which serve to provide study assistance and extra tuition to all children in the community – even those not officially enrolled on to their programme. Classes are given in Maths, English, Computing, Khmer (the national language of Cambodia), as well as in dancing and music, providing invaluable benefit to children who may have missed years of schooling due to poverty, helping them to catch up with their peers. Flame also ensure that no child leaves the centre without having something to eat; every child receives a meal and a carton of milk when they visit. It has been reported that the students are increasingly confident int heir communication among their peers and teachers, and have dreams of their pwn futures and of what they can achieve.
IGF funded Flame’s fourth Activity Centre in Phnom Penh, attending to children from the Boeung Trabek community. What started out as a temporary makeshift classroom consisting of plastic tables and chairs is now laid with concrete and has a roof. Walls will not be erected to give the structure an open setting. The idea behind this visibility is so that the classroom is viewed as being as accessible and approachable to children in the community as possible. Upcoming developments also include setting up solar power to run security lights at night, providing sustainable and affordable energy for the facility.
Switched On-Gambia is based primarily in the Central River Region of The Gambia, where many communities rely on candles and batteries as their main source of lighting due to limited access to electricity.
They operate a scheme to rent out solar lamps distributed through solar libraries set up in schools; currently there are 20 established in and around the off-grid rural communities around the Central River Region.
The weekly cost of a lamp is the equivalent of the cost of a candle, and after so many weeks of payment, the family then own the lamps, equipping them with sustainable lighting and energy for the future.
In the summer of 2019, thanks to money raised by the efforts of staff members at Intouch Games with a matched contribution from the IGF, Switched On-Gambia acquired a pickup truck, drastically improving distribution and operations for Switched On-Gambia coordinator Michael Mendy and other staff.
Read a case study published by Book Aid International and the effect Switched On-Gambia has made to the lives of school children here. IGF have funded the project since its inception and continue to support Switched On-Gambia by funding the salaries of staff, and, thanks to our partnership with Book Aid International, facilitate the shipment of thousands of brand new books to schools and libraries.
The mission of the Friends of Jan Jan Bureh Nursery charity is to provide resources and training for Jan Jan Bureh Nursery in The Gambia. It aims to support continuing Professional Development for teachers to further develop children’s access to education. The trustees of the charity provide training to teaching staff when they visit The Gambia each year. Previous workshops have also reached to other schools in the wider community, and trustees of Friends of Jan Jan Bureh, were able to advance many teaching methods being used for a multiple of schools.
Over the years, the organisation, with contributions from the IGF, have built extra classrooms, a toilet block with flush toilets, and two outdoor sinks, alongside other improvement and maintenance works.
SANCHONG TEENAGER HOUSE
ASOCIACIÓN ONG AÑAÑAU
IGF have worked with The Gambia Deaf Children Support Project to build two new units for specialist deaf education in the towns of Essau and Basse. 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 ineducable.
Working in partnership with GDCSP, IGF have facilitated the build of two new and improved facilities to support deaf children in the Gambia, their parents and their teachers.
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. IGF support Sanchong Teenager House through the facilitation of a variety of enhancement activities.
Asociación ONG Añañau is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that was founded in December 2014 in Cusco, Peru. It works with children and teenagers between 4 and 18 years old, who live in extreme poverty and unstable family situations in the district of San Jeronimo, a suburb of Cusco.
Many children don’t have access to proper education or healthcare, so Añañau is primarily an educational project, providing quality education to serve as a springboard to a better future. Working together with parents and the community through workshops, a literacy program for mothers and other educational activities, Añañau aim to empower all those who participate.
In 2019, IGF funded the construction of a second resource centre for the organisation, and contribute towards the salaries of teachers and staff running it.
Taiz is a city on the South West coast of Yemen, nestled amongst the Yemeni Highlands, and, since the outbreak of the Yemeni Civil War in 2015, is effectively under siege.
In 2019, IGF donated food and grain supplies to local communities in Taiz, then pledged to fund the restoration of the local school that has fallen into a state of deep disrepair.
The project initially focused on the overhaul of three classrooms, paving the way to providing a safe place for the basic education of the local population. Work continues to improve facilities and to develop educational links for the estimated 400 children in the community.
HAPPY SMILES HEALTH FOUNDATION
SOLAR HOMEWORK CLUB
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.
IGF started supporting at the beginning of 2018 by facilitating dental camps that move around the 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 also support (See 'Future Faces').
Future Faces was set up by Mr Sunil Sah, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, to train and support surgeons and allied professionals in order to care for people with craniofacial deformities such as cleft lip and palate, trauma, and other problems in the head and neck region. In 2017, the Craniofacial Centre was built on land attached to the Janakpur Trauma and Orthopaedic Hospital in Janakpur, Nepal, but lacked up-to-date facilities and had only a very basic operating theatre. Having identified what was required to upgrade the operating theatre, IGF donated what was needed in order to bring the facility up to the highest possible standards. This has enabled basic but essential surgery to be performed in safe surroundings.
Significant improvements were made as a result of this upgrade, and the operating theatre is now equipped with a state-of-the-art anesthetic machine, two new operating tables (one electric and one hydraulic), piped gases, several monitors, suction, lighting, a recovery room, staff changing facilities, and scrub and sluice areas.
IGF also support by financing the salaries of two surgeons, two dentists and three nurses.
Working with Book Aid International, Windle International Kenya (WIK), and Windle International Uganda, IGF fund the Solar Homework Club, a project that aims to support the provision of quality education by providing access to books and solar lamps in secondary schools in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, and Camp Rhino, Uganda. This has enabled the shipment of thousands of books comprising of text books, revision guides and teen fiction (all donated to Book Aid International by UK publishers), as well as solar lamps to be used by school teachers and students. There is no electricity for the refugee population across either camp, leaving students unable to study or do their homework at home. Teachers have unanimously agreed that lending the lamps to students is the best long-term solution. Schools own the lamps and students are provided with lamps on loan until they bring them back upon completion of their time at school. This allows the school to serve more students - and help others the following year. Teachers note that the lamps encourage school attendance among students and have a profound impact on their learning.
'LET'S SEE...' EXHIBITION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SIGHT CONCERN
Teeth Relief are a London-based organisation who are committed to improving oral health within low income communities around the world. Their aim is to make knowledge of oral health a fundamental part of health education and have created useful teaching materials centred on a unique training manual which explains oral health practice in plain language.
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.
IGF funded an Arabic translation of the manual to be distributed in Syria with the view of further-ranging distribution in future.
IGF have supported local charities within the West Midlands for many years, and on top of regular support to specific charities, on-off grants are also awarded. An example was funding donated to Sight Concern Worcestershire in order to organize an art project for the blind and partially sighted in 2018. ‘Let’s See…’ celebrated the value of creative work made by those with of partial and severe sight loss. The group began by working with pieces loaned from Worcester Museum and Art Gallery and their work was exhibited for a month in Malvern Library.