This is where “the past meets the future” for the needy child.  
       
 
 
[Details will be made available to our potential donor]
Projects we need your assistance to undertake include, but not restricted to:
Improved Educational Facilities
Library
Examination Hall
Science Laboratory
Games Equipment & Facilities
Teaching and Learning Materials
School Bus
Building and Renovation of Classrooms and Clinic
Fencing of the School
Vocational Education
Water and Sanitation
Partnership Development and Service of Volunteers
Community Development,
Rehabilitation,
Feeding Program

PRIMARY HEALTH CARE [BASIC HEALTH]
The school ha a clinic called Garram Clinic, this is the PRIMARY HEALTH CARE PROGRAM OF GARRAM CHILDREN'S SCHOOL. IT WAS SET-UP IN 1996 / 97 WITH FUNDS FROM: the Canadian High Commission in Nigeria, U-Assist SAS Sweden, and Swanton Foundation Inc, USA. It is a 10-Bed Clinic. The school arranges for a Medical Doctor from the Jos University Teaching Hospital to visit the clinic monthly and as needed to offer additional medical services to the community. This clinic needs expansion to accommodate the teaming populations that are patronizing our services.
The immediate concern now is to have the clinic well furnished with the basic and necessary diagnostics equipment such as are available in Comprehensive Health Centers ( far away from the community about 200 km ) so that the health of children at the grass -roots could be improved.
This clinic has been the immediate hope of the community its improvement will provide ‘perpetual’ relief to the people who travel far on foot and/or pay high transport fare for medical diagnosis requiring the use of X-Ray, Ultrasound Scanning Machines and other diagnostic demands.

GIRLS’ AND BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Girls and Basic Education Program are two programs in one:
1. The Girls Education Program is the project that will enable more girls be educated in Garram Community through free tuition to girls to attend Garram Children’s School from primary one to primary six.
2. The Basic Education Program is the required program of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that is aimed at continuity from primary to secondary section in the same school. Usually from Junior Secondary one to Junior Secondary three. GCS has been approved to run this.
We want to encourage parents to send their female children to be educated at Garram children’s school. This will reduce the high illiteracy rate in the community. Illiteracy is both a cause and consequence of poverty and underdevelopment. Literacy provides a means by which people and communities can attain greater control over their destinies. Literacy is a basic human right.
Some of the girls are on girl child education. We want to continue this program but have no funds. This program gives girls from abjectly poor families the chance to be educated freely.
We would like to work with donors who will support the education of girls in our community.
Garram Children’s School believes that in order for economic change to improve lives, people need to be involved in the development process—defining their needs and planning, organizing and executing programs that meet those needs .Development gives people the tools they need to improve their lives, and literacy is one of these tools. Development is empowerment, enabling people to take control of their lives, and literacy is a central vehicle for achieving this goal. Every ailment in the world can be lessened with enhanced education for all.
If we want to lessen global terrorism, we need to make sure the poor uneducated masses in many countries [Nigeria inclusive] become educated about democracy, women’s rights, and business (economic opportunity.)

HIV/AIDS AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES EDUCATION AND CONTROL PROGRAM
In Garram Community, HIV / AIDS are having negative impacts on agricultural production, the skilled workforce, and the health care delivery system. It’s exacerbated by conflict between family members and infringes on human right and dignity. Women are more seriously affected than men both in the proportion infected, their roles as caregivers to People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and orphans, and unequal power relations that make it difficult for them to negotiate safe sex. We have identified some sensitive issues surrounding AIDS, such as the STIGMATIZATION of affected and infected persons. We will like take action on Stigmatization through the organization and delivery of workshop and seminar on this monster which will help increase love and care for one another. We consider it appropriate to undertake this awareness and sensitization campaign because of the impact of HIV/AIDS on our children which are enormous, including: loss of social and family support; shame and discrimination; physical and economic impact.
Furthermore, the following health concerns will be addressed: - immunization practices, Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health, including, birth control and substance abuse. And to mount campaign against the deadly disease- AIDS.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNET CONNECTIVITY AND ACCESS TO MULTIMEDIA
The technology gap and indeed, the internet connectivity gap between the developed and the developing world are getting larger / wider every day. The need for access to engineering resources as well as the skills to use information effectively is of increasing importance as countries move along in the technological development. Engineering information, starting with computer, Information and communication Technology and internet sources will encourage children to love engineering thereby taking to engineering in their later educational studies.
Girls in Garram Community are the most disadvantaged social group today. They are unable to challenge the status quo from their position of acute vulnerability. Girls’ circumstances can only improve if donors support us. And in turn our rural communities can change if girls’ circumstances improve.
Garram Children's School is seeking assistance to put in place Information and Communication Technology Centre targeting the girls and aimed at the Improvement in the standard of education of the children. ICT is needed for the empowerment of needy children.
Our project will be focusing on the use of computer to:
1. Teach and learn several subjects using appropriate soft wares to improve their retention rate,
2. To encourage elementary and junior School Girls / boys [children ]to take to engineering science as a future profession,
3. To teach and learn computer applications,
4. Allow children to get, produce, and share ideas and resources in future life,
5. Expose girls to ICT and promote the use of Information and Communication Engineering Technology;
learn how to type using computer-based typing software (Several levels of computer technology will be introduced).
We plan to offer classes for the community in the evenings for women and youths
The lack of computers is a major barrier to the education of all of the children in Nigeria in general and in Garram Children’s School in particular. A computer lab for Garram Children’s School / orphanage addresses three needs that have been identified by the staff and students of the orphanage:
First The Internet is unavailable at the school and the teachers and children are unable to afford the travel expense or pay the fee at local Internet cafes.
Second Required textbooks for classes are almost impossible to find.
Third The absence of computer training prevents the orphanage from successfully achieving one of its main priorities: preparing the girls, handicapped and orphans to enter the job market and/or compete for admission to higher educational institutions.


SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AS A MEANS OF INCOME GENERATION

We need an income-generating enterprise which will enable us raise funds internally. The need for this Income Generating Enterprise grows daily as the number of those whom we serve increases on almost daily basis without a corresponding increase in grants from other donors or internally generated source. It is vital to the life of the school.
QUALITY EDUCATION IS A COSTLY ENTERPRISE PARTICULARLY THAT WHICH INVOLVES THE NEEDY CHILDREN AND THAT IT IS NEVER TO THE ADVANTAGE OF DONORS OR RECIPIENTS OF FUNDS, ESPECIALLY IN THE PRESENT DAY NIGERIA WITH UNSTABLE POLITICAL AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC HARSH CONDITIONS, TO RELY ALWAYS ON FOREIGN AIDS FOR SUSTENANCE. It is necessary to have a project of self-sustenance such as, but not restricted to, fish farm, sugar cane plantation, animal husbandry etc.

THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE PROGRAM
To enhance opportunities for children from three to twelve years of age, growing up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage to optimally develop their innate and other potentials that will help improve on their daily education, thus exposing them to engage in activities that will make their lives better.
Children generally show extreme interest on the “Sesame Street” program on our Television sets, other programs at this centre could replace this in the school using several teaching aids. Programs could be integrated into this centre for the learning of mathematics, science, English Language, environmental protection, good hygiene habits. Children learn better through demonstration, seeing & hearing. This program will greatly enhance their learning capacity and widen their scope of understanding.

 
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