We organize SIRUP(Spelling, Interest, Read, Understanding, Practice) clinics in accordance with the local school term system. Using the curriculum of the rural elementary schools, and together with the teachers, we develop a SIRUP tool. Local and international volunteers are an integral feature of this project. These clinics are held during school hours, and after school hours. Our goal is to facilitate a 360- positive exposure for the children as the teachers, parents and other community influencers are involved in the accountability process. During these sessions, trained volunteers have the opportunity to partner with the teachers as well as the parents in teaching the children how to read and write.
Health Education Sessions
In line with our goal of improving health literacy, we organize annual health promotion sessions in partnership with local and international health professionals, medical students, nursing students and other allied health students. This is an open platform that gives an opportunity for the community to gain knowledge, ask pertinent questions and be empowered to be better custodians of their health. These sessions also include demonstrations, videos and dramas etc. aimed at equipping the rural community to make informed decisions about their health.
Trending Towns overall vision is to propagate the beauty of local communities by depicting its beautiful scenery and promoting basic education with priority on spellings and communication skills. They seek to capture and outdoor the beautiful sights and spots of local communities and provide the platform for local children to gain interest in words. Trending Towns is inspired by the new Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 11; Promoting quality education for all as well making communities safe inclusive, resilient and sustainable. We believe, it is also our mandate to contribute to this goal and through the planned programming and activities, our efforts would contribute to achieving these Global Goals by 2030.
W.A.S.H. & Ebola Campaign
Goal: To increase health literacy and equip with tools needed to improve personal and communal health.
We have successfully carried out a health promotion campaign in November 2014. The program was aimed at sensitizing and equipping the entire village community with the right information and tools.
Kafodzidzi, located in the Central region of Ghana is a fishing community and also functions as one of the many unofficial entry points into Ghana. This community was affected by a severe cholera outbreak and also had fishermen frequenting Ebola-affected neighboring countries without proper screening and health checks. Although an unfortunate coincidence with our program, it was a great opportunity for us to be effective in sensitizing and equipping the communities.
We used visual communicative tools such as videos to educate and create awareness on water and sanitation hygiene, Ebola and Cholera. The program was an informative and interactive one held in the local dialect. Our volunteer task force comprising students, fishermen and teachers were trained and well resourced to be of utmost help to participants.
We trained a total of 30 of our local volunteer task force. It our organizational principle to work hand in hand with each community’s stakeholders, helping them take ownership of each project and giving them the needed resources to ensure sustainability. We train these volunteers, and work with these volunteers at the stage of the projects.
The campaign concluded on the 2nd day where 3 village communities were educated on Ebola, Cholera and Sanitation culture. We also engaged our task force in educative poster pasting around the communities and held a donation ceremony. iREACHU AFRICA donated Water & Sanitation Hygiene kits comprising antiseptics, Hand washing buckets, gloves, soaps, cleaning detergents and tools etc. These donations went to the village clinic, funeral home, school, church, fishermen association etc.
iREACHU AFRICA aims at bridging a crucial lapse in education by establishing sustainable and contextually relevant libraries across Africa, one village at a time.
Why the 1LibraryProject: Serve as custodians of a Balanced information whiles preserving cultural relevance.
- Africa has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world.
- Books are the key to increasing literacy, and literacy is an essential tool in achieving social and economic empowerment.
- Most African children grow up without books, while in the developed world, bookshelves and landfills overflow with books no longer read.
- Many African teachers teach Math, English and Science without books to use as a resource.
- Many adult Africans lose their ability to read due to a lack of reading materials; “Africa produces a mere 2% of the world’s books, despite having 12% of the world’s population. It is estimated that sub-Saharan Africa imports close to 70% of its books….The library can also help to overcome the problem of gender differences in reading acquisition by maintaining collections of materials that appeal to males and females.” (UNESCO, 2006)
- The few books that are available rarely provide relatable contextual value and thus understanding is hampered.
- Gender Inequality: “Today, nearly 17% of the world’s adult population is still not literate; two thirds of them women, making gender equality even harder to achieve.” (UNESCO, 2016). The reality is worse in Africa.
We believe every child must have access to books that will help them grow their imagination. However, it is imperative that children in Africa have access to a more balanced exposure to quality books that promotes the preservation of the African narrative. Our vision is to provide access to learning resources and libraries all across Africa.
Just as a needs analysis is necessary before establishing a service, continuing monitoring and evaluation with active community participation is at the core of our model to ensure that library services remain relevant. Against all odds, even in very poor countries, libraries provide practical and cost-effective solutions for creating literate environments. Our goal is not perfection or glamour but balance and relevance. We achieve this goal through assistance from supporters worldwide, volunteers, and through strategic partnerships with organizations that share a similar heartbeat for enhancing education and health in Africa.