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.
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.