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Touch Africa Now sponsors the education of approximately 2,000 students. While we have many other programs in place, we feel that education is the key to poverty eradication and therefore promote it passionately. With Uganda’s adult literacy rate at just over 73% nationwide, and much lower percentages in the less advantaged areas, there is still work to do.
Since our first school opened its doors back in 2003, Touch Africa Now has sought to provide education in some of the most impoverished neighborhoods. We have never been after profit but have, rather, been after changing students’ lives through literacy.
With our first schools in Kampala and Wakiso, we began traditional private school programs, where parents pay the small cost of the students’ fees, in order to allow the school to be self-sustaining (to pay rent and teachers’ salaries.)
Then, with help from our partners, the DOVE Uganda Children’s Fund was formed. This allowed sponsors to cater for the needs of students, from schooling to basic medical care to mosquito nets and other gifts. This sponsorship program has expanded with the addition of each of our schools.
TAN sponsors the education of 231 students in Kampala and Wakiso districts. Of the 231 students, 54 are pupils in primary school and 177 are high school students.
During the holidays, TAN organises skills empowerment programs like:
Nutrition Ward in Yumbe
Community Sensitization on farming practices
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Yumbe Hospital is a Government hospital in Yumbe district. The hospital has a nutrition ward that is also under supplied.
TAN contibutes to the nutritional needs of the community by supplying Yumbe hospital with nutritional supplies. also carry out community sensitization on the best nutritional methods to avoid malnutrition.
The feeding programme that has run for more than three years in Yumbe hospital has created a great impact in the lives of the malnourished children and their mothers. This is as a result of quarterly provision of supplementary food items to the therapeutic Nutrition unit.
On quarterly basis, TAN always supports the nutrition unit with the following items; G Nuts, silverfish, millet flour, Beans and Simsim. In addition to the above, TAN has also supported the unit with Non-food items such as beddings, solar lightening system and medicine.
Impacting Lives, Transforming Nations
Nyakagando primary school is a school in Kiryandongo district which TAN supports by sponsoring the education of 206 children. TAN also carries out other activities like medical camps and community capacity building seminars.
In January 2018, TAN partners drilled a borehole at Nyakagando Primary school, to help in the water needs of the children.
The picture to the right shows children displaying a gift of a First aid kit donated by TAN. Other gifts like goats, blankets and mosquito nets are also donated.
Children in ECD schools
TAN feed children in the ECD schools. ECD schools are schools within the refugee camps. We feed the children on Maize, beans and rice. They are fed breakfast porridge and lunch. Supper is catered for at home by their parents.
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Through its partners, TAN educates over 614 students in the WestNile region. This is achieved through two types of schools:
1. Refugee Schools
We support 3 refugee schools which are:
a. Good Hope Early Childhood Development Center
b. Joy Early Childhood Development (ECD) Center
c. Bright Star ECD Center
2. National Schools
We support 2 schools which are:
a. Peace Yumbe Nursery and Primary School
b. Hope Kebir Nursery and primay School
More about these schools is HERE
Feeding of refugee children is a big challenge because the handouts given to their families are so meagre, and the refugees keep increasing. Currently, more refugees are entering in from Democratic Republic of Congo and OPM is so stretched. Many times, the refugee families sleep hungry.
TAN supplements the feeding needs of the refugees in the following ways: