Worldwide, there are more than 75 million primary school children not in school. Providing and improving education opportunities offers hope for a way out of poverty and empowers the next generation to reach their full potential and realise their dreams.
Charlene’s Project wants to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all the communities we are involved with in Uganda, Guatemala and Jordan/Turkey.
From one girl’s vision of helping one primary school in the center of Kampala, Uganda in 2010, Charlene’s Project is now supporting 8 primary schools and 1 secondary school in Uganda, 3 primary schools for Syrian refugees in Turkey and Jordan and 2 primary schools in remote mountainous communities of Guatemala.
Research shows educated parents improve the outcome and performance of children in school. If a mother can read her child is 50% more likely to live past 5 years old. Therefore, not only are we educating children, but also adults in the communities in which we work. We aim to provide them with opportunities to increase literacy or learn new skills to increase employability and income generation for families.
We aim to set up sustainable models to empower the next generation to continue the work that we have started. You can be involved in making a difference in impoverished communities by sponsoring a child through education or donating money (as a one off gift or through a regular donation) to provide resources for a classroom, community or income generation project.
While health of our children, improving hygiene and reducing transmittable diseases is a priority in our schools. Another priority is ensuring our children are provided with a meal in school. Often children will come to school hungry and leave hungry thus impacting their concentration levels and ability to learn. For this reason, we encourage parents to support the schools in providing their children with food; through income generation projects and investing in school farms.
Within our schools we also became aware that teachers were travelling many hours to school and in rainy season the road became impassable and often this meant teachers were unable to make the treacherous journey; therefore, another priority within our schools is ensuring the teachers have adequate accommodation to ensure their presence and ability to teach to the highest standards. Latrine access within the schools is variable. Many schools may have 1 latrine to hundreds of pupils and the standard of these latrines can be poor leading to female dropout during their period and disease transmission.
Help us improve latrine access and teacher accommodation today.