When a child gets a sponsor, the child looks at that sponsor as a family. At Itinga Charity Education Foundation, we care for our children’s academic and social well-being.
During times of uncertainties, Covid lockdown, and school closures, we were concerned to know how they were.
Uganda had the longest school closure in the world for 22 months, many children lived in fear of uncertainties, they were unsure when schools would be opened and they feared dropping out of school.
Ministry of Education published self-study materials and introduced teaching over the radio and on television to allow continuity of learning.
Our sponsored children live in poor families who were experiencing difficulty in helping them to access homeschooling materials. And besides, they live in areas with limited access to electricity.
In order to address these challenges , we provided the following items to facilitate continuous learning.
Most of the scholars come from remote villages with limited access to electricity so we provided them with solar lamps to help them read their books at night.
We supplied each scholar with a portable radio that uses dry cells for them to learn and access information over the radios.
We also provided smart phones to all our beneficiaries at tertiary and universities so that they could access online studies.
Uganda is an Agricultural country , people in rural areas depend largely on farming for their livelihood. However, in the recent years , most farmers experienced a poor yield. First, there was dry spell in 2019, the year 2020 – 2021 was not any better either, desert locusts invaded the Eastern and Northern part of Uganda, followed by floods, and then the worldwide Covid 19 pandemic.
Our scholars and families were struggling to get sufficient to eat . This is not part of what we do but there was need to help.
We supplied them and other families in the communities with maize flour, rice, beans, laundry soap and sanitary pads.