When a child gets a sponsor, the child looks at that sponsor as a family. At Itinga Charity Education Foundation ,we cares for our children’s academic and social well-beings. And during the time of uncertainties /covid lockdown and school closure, 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 reopened and fear to drop out of school etc. Ministry of Education published self study materials and introduced teachings over the radios and on televisions to enhance continuous learnings. Our sponsor children live in poor families who were finding difficult in supporting them to access home schooling materials ,and beside , they live in areas with limited access to electricity. In order to address these challenges , we provided the following items to facilitate continuous learnings.
Most of 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 information.
We also provided smart phones to all our beneficiaries tertiary and universities so that they could access online studies.
Uganda is an Agricultural country , people in rural areas depends largely on farming for their livelihood. However, in the recent years , most farmers could not yield much. First, there was dry spell in 2019, the year 2020 and 2021 was not any better either, desert locusts invaded the Eastern and Northern part of Uganda, followed by over floodings and the world covid 19 pandemic. Our scholars and families were struggling to get what 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.
ICEF has got library attached to it’s office to be used by sponsor children. The idea of this came out during the period of covid 19, so Itinga children would have access to textbooks to read during the school closure. Children love their library and it’s has enhanced their reading culture, and improving on their academic performances. Children love their library and it’s has enhanced their reading culture, and improving on their academic performances.
Children are free to read in the library or borrow text books to take home or at school to read.
The library has text books for primary puplils, O’A level and A’level secondary textbooks.