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.It’s Refugee Week 2021 and many of our partners have been highlighting the incredible work they do in refugee camps and settlements across their websites and social media.
Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation charity, giving millions of people worldwide the opportunity to read brand new books in libraries, refugee camps, schools, universities, hospitals, and prisons.
Literacy, education, and access to information are instrumental in the fight against poverty, yet millions of people are held back by a basic lack of reading materials and books. Libraries are one of the best places for people to further their education and learn skills for life, but unfortunately, they often have limited budgets and few new books.
Intouch Global Foundation teamed up with Book Aid International in 2019, and, together with Windle International Kenya and Windle International Uganda, facilitated the creation of Solar Homework clubs in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and Camp Rhino in Uganda.
Read Bwise’s story of how he came to live in Kakuma, and the challenges he faces as a teacher with severely limited resources.
Rapid spikes in cases of Covid-19 resulted in many parts of Phnom Penh being locked down, affecting around 300,000 people.
Schools were immediately closed, including Flame Cambodia activity centres. Residents in these “red zones” are prohibited from leaving their homes except for specific medical conditions. As a result, many have been unable to access food or medicine for several weeks.
In response, Intouch Global Foundation funded emergency relief parcels for the families of Flame pupils to ensure they had enough food to eat after weeks of lockdown resulted in dwindling supplies.
Last week, Flame organised the distribution of these relief parcels to families living in Takeo, a province located 45km outside of Phnom Penh. These small rural communities receive very little government assistance and are among the most deprived in the country.
Local authorities met with Flame workers and identified those most in need. These recipients were given parcels consisting of a month’s supply of cooking oil, fish sauce, tinned fish, noodles, rice and sanitising products.
We have received the exam results of students at six schools we support in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya, through our Solar Homework Clubs. The Kenya Certificate of Education (KCSE) is the equivalent of England’s GCSEs and mark the completion of secondary education.
The standard of education in refugee camps is significantly lower than in developed countries; schools are understaffed and poorly resourced, with textbooks that are outdated, in poor condition and shared between several students.
Solar Homework Clubs equip students with solar lamps to take home so they can study into the evening. Brand new, age-appropriate textbooks and YA fiction further supplement their studies.
Of the 2,144 students who sat the exams, only 521 are female. Of those 521, 50 were either pregnant or nursing.
One of the United Nations Development Goals Intouch Global Foundation work towards is achieving gender equality. While these figures may seem bleak, it is an improvement from previous years as staff on the ground provide practical support to the girls so that they can come back to sit their exams and obtain their qualifications.
Barriers to girls’ education include poverty, child marriage and gender-based violence. Families will often favour boys when investing in education, assigning girls to the home and domestic labour.
Together with our partners Book Aid International and Windle International, IGF will continue to invest in young girls and women, empowering them with the knowledge and skills to live fulfilling and independent lives.
Uganda is one of the richest countries in the world for biodiversity, the only natural habitat to several species such as the endangered mountain gorilla.
For a long time, much natural conservation consisted of strict law enforcement and keeping people out of protected areas. This strategy proved unsuccessful: Uganda is a developing country with increasingly fast population growth. Family sizes average 6-8 people and poverty becomes generational.
Bwindi Conservation for Generations Project is an organisation dedicated to protecting regional wildlife by educating and empowering the local community. Through incentives such as agricultural training, people are less likely to turn to poaching or crop raiding as a source of food.
Earlier this year, Intouch Global Foundation became a supporter of Bwindi Conservation, funding a project which teaches women and schoolchildren to farm their own produce. By equipping them with skills to benefit themselves and their families for a lifetime, Bwindi are simultaneously protecting protecting the local ecosystem.
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The aim of this blog is to show the progress of the projects and charities we support at Intouch Global Foundation. We want to show you the positive difference Intouch Global Foundation is making on the lives of many people globally, thanks to your support.