Over a decade ago we opened the Early Childhood Center (ECC) to begin the important work of renewing, educating, and serving our community. While creating our school we felt it was important to help others create their own opportunities for sustainability and growth. We found a partner community and began working with Israel-based non-profit Innovation: Africa to bring sustainable development to the people of Katira, Uganda. Much of that work has been focused on helping improve educational outcomes by installing solar power for the IKAR-funded primary school, medical clinic and to the newly constructed, secondary school.
Recently, we held our annual meeting with IKAR community members and staff from Innovation Africa, in New York, Israel and Uganda to learn about the current conditions as well as the immediate and long-term needs in Katira. After hearing from our partners, IKAR members gathered to discuss funding priorities and ideas for increasing community connections with the people in Katira. The next phase of our on-going commitment will be funding a water project for the health center and school. Two shorter term needs we have budgeted funding for are the primary school’s food program and the purchasing of mattresses for the students who board at the school.
Finally, we heard from IKAR community members regarding their hopes for engaging with Katirans more frequently and creating more contact between the students at the two schools and our own students in the ECC and Limudim.
In July 2021, our partners visited Katira and the community created a Thank You video.
In Decemeber 2022, our partners sent us a lovely update and some photos.
Dear Brooke, Sarah and all the IKAR community members,
This morning, our local team in Uganda had the honour of providing the essential medical equipment you so generously sponsored, including delivery equipment, blood monitors, refuse bins for medical waste, microscopes, wheelchairs and other essential resources which will help ensure that the patients receive improved access to the medical care they deserve.
I hope the photos and videos below will bring you immense pride and joy in knowing the significant impact of your most recent donation and how you are truly helping to save lives!
We look forward to sending you updates as we continue to monitor the impact of your support at Katira and to implementing the food program in the coming new year.
Fondest regards, Channukah Sameach and thank you,
Michal and the Uganda team,
It is heartwarming to see the joy in these pictures and to know that this medical equipment will save the lives of so many. All of this is only possible thanks to your generosity.
In the name of the Katira Health Center, their community, and everyone at innovation: Africa, thank you!
Thank you for everything that you have done!
Sivan, Innovation Africa
Check out this video of IKAR CEO/Founder Melissa Balaban and her daughter Maya on their trip to visit our partner community in Katira, in January 2015.