Regularly each month an education program takes place at the Jacodu Children’s Project Support Center. While the children now attend school more regularly they still remain illiterate due to poor attendance in the past. A special needs teacher works with small groups of the children using basic teaching methods and tools, which they are able to understand and learn from. Originally the program was for the teenagers who have moved on to secondary education, but younger children from the primary school have been asking if they also can also take part. This enthusiasm is encouraged and considering that neither schools have resources for a special needs teacher, the education program has been extended to reach more children from the project.
This program was launched for teenage girls on the Jacodu project with a view to teach them skills to make items of clothing and soft furnishings that they can sell in local markets and with an online shop. Eventually the items will extend to candles and jewelery. The teenagers will have learned skills and a trade that will see them part of a profit sharing project. This also gives them the opportunity to learn how to manage money and how to be financially independent.
The project makes transport regularly available for, access to health care, access to medication and access to legal aid. Jacodu is a remote village where not even a doctor is available on a weekly basis. When the doctor has visited there is no means to access a pharmacy or specialist doctors. A transport program takes prescriptions for medication to a pharmacy fifteen miles from the village and is available to make hospital visits. Often it is necessary to obtain new or renew existing legal documents, register babies, and apply for or renew identification papers for teenagers and adults. Without transport the families at Jacodu have great difficulties in attending to these issues.
Monthly Toiletry Distribution
Soap, shampoo & washing powder are delivered monthly to each of the families. These are basic items that in the Western world are a basic right and are taken for granted. Being able to access these items the families can have a more hygienic lifestyle, this allows the children to be clean with clean clothes and enjoy a healthier lifestyle..
Children from the project are given access to land where they plant seeds and grow vegetables, they tend to the growth and are allowed to take home their produce. This program runs from April to October and the aims are to teach the children about nutrition, encourage appreciation of the natural world, teach green practices and how to treat the earth and have respect for living things. This also provides the children with a sense of pride and accomplishment.