International Childcare Trust

International Childcare Trust (ICT) believes that all children, regardless of socio-economic background, have the right to enjoy their childhood and reach their potential. We partner with local grassroots NGOs in Africa and Asia - managed and staffed by local people - that protect children's rights. We combine the delivery of practical assistance with capacity building and advocacy initiatives because we take responsibility for building sustainability into the projects/partners we support.
Jun 12, 2012

"I thank you Shalom for sending me to school..."

A girl with new school books
A girl with new school books

PROJECT NAME: Empower 155 Street Children and Girls in Tanzania
PROJECT LOCATION: Arusha, northern Tanzania
PROJECT PARTNER: Shalom Centre for Street Children
PROJECT PERIOD:  November 2011 - October 2012 (Year 1 of 3)

In just 6 months, this project is already making a massive difference to marginalised and at risk children and youths in Arusha, northern Tanzania. 

Access to Education
The project is supporting one hundred children to access primary education, of whom 26, aged 6-12, have been enrolled in school for the first time. 

Never attended school x 26
Dropped out of school due to lack of scholastic materials x 9
Enrolled in school but with poor attendance/performance due to family difficulties, low income of families, death of parents, child headed households etc x 65

One girl, aged 12, was quoted saying in Swahili “Naishukuru Shalom kunipeleka shule kwani sikuwa na tumaini la kusoma shule siku moja” meaning that “I thank you Shalom for sending me to school as I had no hope at all that I might go to school one day”

Access to Training and Psychosocial Support
This project is currently supporting 23 teenage girls and young women, many of whom are involved in the commercial sex trade and/or extremely vulnerable to sexual exploitation.  Once identified, the women and girls were referred to Shalom’s main centre, where their immediate needs were met – they could take a shower, eat a nutritious meal and rest in safety.  They were also able to access basic healthcare, recreational activities and a counselling service.  As they are considered too old for mainstream schooling, Shalom enrolled the women and girls in vocational training linked to local income generating activities, following a discussion with them to decide on the most appropriate course.  These courses, such as tailoring or hairdressing, will equip them with marketable skills they need to find legitimate work in the community.  Shalom is also providing monthly training in life skills, health education and business skills and organise excursions to develop the girls’ confidence and broaden their horizons. 

Family Reintegration
For children living on the streets on their own, Shalom’s priority is family reunification and reintegration.  Shalom’s outreach workers provide these children with life skills education and psychosocial support with the aim of building trust and eventually reuniting them with their families.  If family reunification is not appropriate or possible, Shalom will look into other family based alternatives, such as foster care or adoption.  Shalom has so far reintegrated 20 children with their families and placed one in foster care.

May 9, 2012

M'Lop Tapang buys new Mobile Library!!

Mobile Library at one of many locations it visits
Mobile Library at one of many locations it visits

With your support M'Lop Tapang in Cambodia has now bought a new Mobile Library, reaching out to hundreds of children who, because of poverty, the need to work, or where they live, cannot access government schools. Thank you so much!!

The Mobile Library travels every day to areas where it does not have a physical presence but there is a high concentration of children in need.  The Mobile Library often represents the first point of contact with children in need, and allows M'Lop Tapang to reach those who live outside of town or who have to work during the day as well as ensuring a constant presence in each of the communities in it works.

Find out more about M'Lop Tapang here: http://mloptapang.org/

One of the dedicated Mobile Library teachers
One of the dedicated Mobile Library teachers
Class in progress
Class in progress
Children reading books in the Mobile Library
Children reading books in the Mobile Library
The Library comes packed with games and toys!
The Library comes packed with games and toys!
One of the Library
One of the Library's social workers
May 8, 2012

Project Update

Children supported by KICWA
Children supported by KICWA

International Childcare Trust has been working with Kitgum Concerned Women’s Association (KICWA) since 2008, supporting Education & Training for Children. This project aims to increase access to education for war-affected children and improve the livelihoods of their families in Kitgum District, northern Uganda.  International Childcare Trust has now secured funding for the next five years of the project, therefore will no longer need to continue fundraising efforts.  We would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone who supported this vital work!

Here is a summary of achievements over the last year.

Educational Support

During the past year, KICWA supported 184 pupils (96 female, 88 male) in primary school and 20 children in pre-primary school (12 female, 8 male) with basic educational support and payment of school fees (nursery) in six sub counties.  Of the 184 pupils supported, nine pupils who were in Primary Seven have graduated to the next level; three have joined secondary school and six have joined vocational skills training institutions.  There were 33 pupils in Primary Six, who have all been promoted to Primary Seven and are waiting to sit for their Primary Level Examinations.  The remaining 142 pupils are all continuing with their education.  Of the 20 children under pre-primary support, 12 have graduated to primary level and eight are still being supported in nursery schools.  Scholastic support has included provision of books, pens, pencils, maths sets and sanitary pads to girls in upper primary school. 

The provision of educational support has relieved parents of the burden of providing school materials for their children, especially child mothers who face many difficulties in providing for their children.  According to most pupils in school, the main reason why many children drop out of school is due to lack of scholastic requirements.   The provision of scholastic support has enabled nine children to complete full primary education and the remaining 175 pupils remain on course to complete their primary education.  The support has also promoted enrollment, attendance and retention of pupils in school, especially for girls e.g. schoolgirls in puberty are provided with sanitary pads, improving their well-being while at school and therefore increasing attendance.

Livelihoods Support


At the beginning of the project, KICWA formed six groups of Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) in six sub-counties in the two districts of Kitgum and Lamwo.  The groups usually meet once a week to save and borrow from the money, which they save as a group.  Each member has been able to invest in businesses, through which they are now making a profit.  They are now able to support the basic needs within their households, including medical care, paying school fees for their children, and buying food. 

“I can now afford to take tea with bread despite the high price of sugar; something I never thought of.” Child mother part of a savings group

The VSLA has enabled the child mothers to pay for their children’s school fees, nutritional food, and medical care for their families. 

“Before I joined the VSLA, I used to experience domestic violence from my husband; I do not experience any problem with him.  He acknowledges my contribution of about 50% towards the family upkeep.” Group member

KICWA also supported two farmers’ groups with improved seeds (beans, groundnuts and sesame).  So far there has been a good harvest from these crops with the exception of sesame, which is yet to be harvested.  The groups have sold a proportion of the harvests earning around Sh500,000 (£145) per group, which they divided amongst the members.  The farmers also distributed part of the produce to each group member to be used as food and seeds for the current planting season.

The project also supported nine child mothers to take six-month courses in fashion, design and tailoring.  The women successfully completed their training and have been provided with start-up equipment (sewing machine and cloth).  With the skills acquired, the women have become self sufficient as they have already started earning an income from their newly established businesses.  This has enabled them to meet the basic needs of their families.

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