The minority language group that is the target of this project has long occupied the land they live on. Since majority groups claimed ownership of the land, however, their access to education, clean water and health services has been stripped away. With no voice in the wider community, they were left with little hope for change. In cooperation with a local NGO, this project is making education and health care accessible again for this rural community.
Single-classroom primary schools have been established in three of the villages. Though basic by our standards, the people are very grateful for the opportunities these classrooms are providing for their children. Health awareness and medical check programs are also underway, staffed by the local hospital run by our partner NGO. These programs are providing immediate medical treatment for tropical diseases that have been the cause of much suffering in the past. The community hopes that these essential programs will continue to be available on a regular basis.
Update Nov 2018
We are currently supporting 185 students in four primary or pre-primary schools. Attendance is running at around 80% and the pass rate for students is also a creditable 80%. Our funding supported the construction of a simple schoolroom that doubles as a community centre. We also supported health awareness programs at three schools and one rural community.
In conjunction with other NGOs and local government workers, we also helped support a social awareness/land rights meeting. The people group in this area is arguably the most disadvantaged of all the communities on our radar. They have no land of their own and no strong sense of identity or community. Through the Wycliffe Foundation, workers were funded to form village committees in five local areas. Their discussions helped to develop initiatives for fostering social change that give the people a sense of purpose, belonging and hope for the future. Blankets were also purchased to provide warmth for the poorest individuals during winter.
Update March 2021
Four schools continue in the primary education project. Classes are taught in the national language and in the children’s mother tongue. This literacy strategy has proven results in classrooms globally. The teachers here report that the children exhibit high motivation and easily transition into the national language. Attendance remains high and there is increased involvement of parents. Education awareness for parents has seen girls staying in school longer.
Our project partner continues to organise the local health awareness program. Basic health education is well received and a volunteer awareness team has been established. Varied monthly seminars are delivered on topics such as dysentery, breast cancer and child marriage. In April, doctors were invited to one primary school to speak about hygiene to 128 students.
Community initiative to engage in social issues continues to increase. An indigenous rights campaign was held to inform minority citizens of their human rights. This has directly influenced their confidence for standing up for their land privileges. The local village committees can now initiate inquiries with local government officials with issues that arise.
During the peak of Covid impact, focus was diverted to day to day survival, but now forward progress has been re-established in a Covid-normal world. That means that Covid education has become a normal part of education and health initiatives.
This is a multi year project .
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If we receive extra funds, this will go towards next year’s target.